‘The View’ is officially celebrating 20 years! Multiple hosts involved in the show — from original co-hosts like Meredith Viera, to current co-host, Candace Cameron Bure, are reflecting on how its changed on ABC’s new special, ‘The View: 20 Years in the Making.’
“I think the view was revolutionary at the time because professional women were stepping into our own. It’s not as if we scripted the concept of the professional woman, but we highlighted that feminists could be anything and everything,” Star Jones, an original co-host on The View from 1997 to 2006 said. “The professional woman is any woman who can stand on her own.”
Meredith Viera, who was also an original on for nine years added that for her, the show grew so fast because of politics. “Politicians would come to our show because they knew women, who were a key block of voters, would be watching and they could present another side of themselves.”
Of course the show has grown a ton over the past 20 years, now with a lot of fresh faces — moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné, Paula Faris, Candace Cameron Bure, and Sara Haines. And with all the changes, there has been some drama.
Bill Geddie and Barbara Walters created the show, but she admitted to ABC News that there had been some “family feuds” over the years, that also “seemed to be fueling the ratings.” We all remember Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell‘s fight over the war in Iraq (“a horrible day to be in The View studios,” as Bill said).
Former co-host Michelle Collins also added that when there’s drama on the set, they got split screen, so if you see it happen, “Don’t leave the room — Fireworks, anger, blood, it’s like Game of Thrones basically.”
‘The View: 20 Years in the Making’ airs on ABC at 10PM.