Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Jenny McCarthy Joins The View To Replace Joy Behar

The View may have just lost Elisabeth Hasselbeck, but the popular talk show has gained Jenny McCarthy. Barbara Walters, who has served as a View host since it debuted in 1997, announced Monday that McCarthy has signed on as a permanent co-host. She will replace Joy Behar, who is leaving The View in August.

“We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host on The View starting in September. Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View,” Walters said in a statement.

McCarthy said she is “beyond thrilled” about her new job. “I’d like to thank ABC for this great opportunity. I’d also like to give a big thank you to Vh1 for their support and for allowing me to fulfill this lifelong dream. I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off,” she said.

The actress and author will make her first appearance as a permanent View host when the new season kicks off on Monday, September 9.

Hasselbeck left The View last week to replace Gretchen Carlson on to Fox’s daytime talk show Fox & Friends.

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Justin Bieber Challenges TV Host To Segway Race and Wins!

Pop star Justin Bieber challenged U.S. TV talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck to a Segway race on Thursday (23Jun11).

The Baby hitmaker appeared as a guest on The View to promote his new female fragrance, but the young singer didn’t miss out on the chance to have a little fun after he was asked to show off his skills on a Segway – his chosen mode of transport backstage at concerts.

Co-host Hasselbeck confessed she was fast becoming an expert on the two-wheeled device and he challenged her to a race.

The duo then tackled a studio obstacle course.

Bieber whizzed around the set and crossed the finish line before helmet-wearing Hasselbeck – even after opting to finish the race driving backwards and slowing down to high-five fans.