Barbara Walters, co-host and creator of ABC’s daytime talkshow The View, announced on Wednesday’s (Aug. 1) live broadcast that Whoopi Goldberg will join the show as co-host when it returns next fall. Goldberg, who has made 14 guest-host appearances on The View, was expected to be named since the Lost Angeles Times reported last week that she was in final talks for a spot. It is also rumored that comedian Sherri Shepherd will join the show, but no announcement was made on Wednesday.
Goldberg joined Walters and co-hosts Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck at the table after the announcement. ”The thing I look forward to most is the hot topics,” she said, when asked. ”The thing I least look forward to is trying to get between you all when you’re talking at one time.”
Goldberg replaces Rosie O’Donnell in the moderator’s chair. O’Donnell left the show in May after a provacative nine-month stint, marked by a feud with Donald Trump and frequent on-air arguments with Hasselbeck. Goldberg said she doesn’t understand celebrity feuds and promised not to be too controversial. ”This is a very straight up show,” she said, to which Walters replied, ”No, I don’t want that! I want you to be a little edgy.” Goldberg then did a reprise of her impression of Marlene Dietrich singing ”Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” at Walters’ request.
O’Donnell’s edginess disrupted the chemistry on the 10-year-old talkshow, but she also helped lift ratings by 17 percent after coming on in September 2006, replacing Meredith Vieira, who went on to become co-host of NBC’s Today show.
Goldberg will first air the day after Labor Day.