24 Years of 'The View'
Nearly 24 years since it premiered, The View remains one of the most influential talk shows on American television. Barbara Walters is credited with creating the Emmy Award-winning show, which aired its very first episode on August 11, 1997 on ABC with a multi-generational panel of women that discussed pop culture news, politics, fashion and more wide-raning topics. In addition to Walters, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos and Meredith Vieira made up the show's original panel.
Over the years, the women of The View have welcomed A-list stars and huge political figures on the show as guests while they discussed — and sometimes argued — over the latest happenings in the world. As would be expected, the show commonly rotated through its cast over the past 24 seasons. Currently, Joy, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, and Meghan McCain are the leading ladies of the show (though Meghan announced in July 2021 she would leave at the season's conclusion later this month.)
Click through this gallery to learn about all the powerful women who have sat at the coveted The View table.