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.