It's going to be one big The View reunion on Thursday, May 15 when all 11 co-hosts (past and present) reunite to celebrate Barbara Walters. This is the first time all 11 of the ladies of The View have been together on the same stage. The reunion takes place the day before Walters retires from daily TV.
Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasslebeck will join current co-hosts Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd for the live show.
"Barbara Walters' status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable," Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. "By creating a talk show panel with multiple hosts she changed the daytime landscape with a concept that is now widely emulated. It's a true testament to her legacy. We are grateful to her and recognize her enormous contribution to ABC Entertainment and the indelible mark she has left on television."
A breakdown on the hosts:
Meredith Vieira (moderator, 1997–2006, season 1–9)
Star Jones (1997-2006, season 1–9)
Joy Behar (1997–2013, season 1–16)
Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998, season 1-2)
Lisa Ling (1999–2002, season 2–6)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck (2003–2013, season 7–16)
Rosie O'Donnell (moderator, 2006–2007, season 10)
Whoopi Goldberg (moderator, 2007, season 11–present)
Sherri Shepherd (2007, season 11–present)
Jenny McCarthy (2013, season 17–present)
"I'm so excited and honored to go back to where it all began and share in Barbara's last show with all of the other co-hosts," Matenopoulos, who has a new cookbook, It's All Greek to Me: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family's Century-Old Recipes, told E! News exclusively. "Barbara is an icon and a living legend and changed the game for women in journalism. Because she was a trailblazer in this business, it has allowed us opportunities that would have never been possible before. There will never be another Barbara Walters. It is truly the end of an era."
Just because Walters is retiring from daily TV doesn't mean she's leaving the show. She will continue on The View as executive producer alongside producing partner Bill Geddie.
Now in its 17th season, The View first hit airwaves in August 1997. The show will celebrate Walters with a weeklong celebration from May 12-15. Look for surprise guests, special segments and retrospectives dedicated to Walters' life on and off screen.