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ABC announced on April 16 that "The View" will reunite all 11 panelists, past and present, during Barbara Walter's grand farewell week. The co-hosts will appear together live during the show's May 15 episode, a day before Walters' makes her final appearance as a regular on the daytime talk show.
Walters, who created and executive produces "The View," announced earlier this month that she will make her final regular appearances on the show during the week of May 12 to May 16, but will not be completely retiring from television. The 84-year-old veteran newswoman will continue to serve as executive producer of "The View" and continue to be an ABC News contributor.
Current panelists Walters, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Whoppi Goldberg will be joined by past co-hosts Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck during the special reunion broadcast. "The View," which debuted in 1997, has been known for its multiple cast changes and its often contentious energy between panelists.
Check out bios on past and present panelists of "The View" below and find out what they've been up to over the years.
1. Barbara Walters: Walters is renowned as one of the most respected television journalists in the industry. She began her more than 50-year career as an anchor on the "Today" show in 1961, before becoming a co-anchor and contributor for ABC News in 1976.
She went onto become a host for the newsmagazine program "20/20" and created "The View" in 1997. Over the years, she has interviewed some of the most fascinating world news makers and celebrities alike, including but not limited to Fidel Castro, Katharine Hepburn and Monica Lewinsky.
2. Debbie Matenopoulos: Matenopoulos, known as the young one amongst the panelists, was among the show's original lineup of co-hosts. In 1999, she exited the show and was replaced by journalist Lisa Ling. Matenopoulos went onto become a co-host of the E! cable network show "The Daily 10" from 2006 to 2009. She continues to make television appearances on shows such as "Home & Family" and "RuPaul's Drag Race."
3. Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Hasselbeck filled the seat vacated by Ling and Matenopoulos before her. In 2003, the former "Survivor" contestant participated in an on-air audition for the job and was chosen after a week-long tryout.
Hasselbeck became known for her strong conservative views. She infamously got into a heated on-air debate with then co-host Rosie O'Donnell, where the two were shown disagreeing over their views on the War in Iraq. Following the on-air showdown, O'Donnell exited the series. In July 2013, Hasselbeck left "The View" to join "Fox & Friends" as a co-host.
4. Jenny McCarthy: McCarthy, a comedic actress, author, and activist, became known for her racy Playboy pictorials over the years, as well as roles in movies such as "Scream 3" and "John Tucker Must Die." In addition to her acting credits, McCarthy has become known as an activist for autism and her stance on vaccinations.
In 2013, she was announced as a co-host on "The View," though reaction to her hiring was met with much controversy. Many felt her stance on childhood vaccinations was dangerous for television viewers, though McCarthy has assured she is not anti-vaccine, just opposed to too many vaccines. On April 16, 2014, she announced her engagement to actor and New Kids On The Block member Donnie Wahlberg - see PHOTOS of her ring!
5. Joy Behar: Behar began her career as a stand-up comedian before becoming one of the original panelists on "The View" in 1997. She often brought her sense of humor onto the show, and occasionally rubbed then co-host Star Jones the wrong way. In 2013, Behar left the program. In addition to her time on "The View," she hosted her own evening news program, titled "The Joy Behar Show," from 2009 to 2011.
6. Lisa Ling: Ling replaced Debbie Matenopoulos in 1999 as the youngest panelist on "The View." Her time on the show was relatively scandal-free. She left the show in 2002 to return to her love of international reporting. She began to host the show "National Geographic Explorer" in 2005. In 2011, she launched a new show titled "Our America with Lisa Ling" on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
7. Meredith Vieira: Vieira began her media career as a news announcer in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1975. She went on to work for CBS in various new programs from 1982 to 1993 before landing her job as moderator on "The View."
In 2006, Vieira left the program to serve as a co-anchor on NBC's "Today" show, replacing then co-host Katie Couric. She left the show in June 2011, but remains a correspondent for NBC News. In addition to her news career, Vieira served as host of the syndicated game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" from 2002 to 2012.
8. Rosie O'Donnell: O'Donnell, an accomplished comedienne, actress and television personality, hosted her own popular self-titled talk show from 1996 to 2002. As an actress, she has appeared in various films and television shows, such as "A League of Their Own" and "Harriet the Spy." She replaced Star Jones on "The View" in 2006, and was often viewed as outspoken on the show.
O'Donnell, whose views were strongly liberal, often argued with conservative host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, most infamously when the two disagreed over the Iraq War, a fight that was shown via a split screen on television. After the May 2007 incident, O'Donnell abruptly left the show. She went onto host her own talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in October 2011, which was canceled in March 2012.
9. Sherri Shepherd: Shepherd appeared in various television programs, such as "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Less Than Perfect" and her own Lifetime sitcom "Sherri" before becoming a panelist on "The View" in 2007. She's received criticism on the show for her views on evolution and having never voted, in part, due to her Jehovah's Witness upbringing.
10. Star Jones: Jones, a former prosecutor, was one of the original co-hosts of "The View" when it first premiered. Her time on the show was the subject of much controversy over the years. Jones, who had been diagnosed morbidly obese in the past, began a dramatic weight loss of 160 pounds over the course of three years. After initially denying she had gastric bypass surgery, claiming she lost weight through diet and exercise, she admitted in 2007 to having surgery.
Additionally, she stirred controversy after "plugging" products in the months prior to her wedding to Al Reynolds in 2004, which ended in 2008. In June 2006, Jones announced ahead of schedule that she would be leaving the show, blindsiding Walters and her fellow co-hosts as the announcement had agreed to be made at a later date.
11. Whoppi Goldberg: Goldberg, an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner, began her career in the entertainment industry in the 1980s. She has appeared in films such as "Ghost," "Sister Act" and "The Color Purple." She joined "The View" in 2007, following the departure of Rosie O'Donnell as moderator.
Much like O'Donnell, Goldberg had her fair share of disagreements with Hasselbeck during her time on the show, namely regarding politics. In addition to her film and TV credits, Goldberg served as a producer of the "Sister Act" musical, for its West End and Broadway adaptations in 2009 and 2011, respectively.