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"The View," recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Talk Show, is ABC Daytime's morning chatfest, featuring a team of dynamic women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds discussing the most exciting events of the day. The program has received critical acclaim since premiering August 11, 1997. It's broadcast live weekdays from NYC (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET; CLOSED-CAPTIONED; broadcast in stereo; TV-14).
"The View" is features ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters -- who appears on average three days a week - moderator Whoopi Goldberg, comedian Joy Behar, actress/comedian Sherri Shepherd and designer and former "Survivor: The Australian Outback" participant Elisabeth Hasselbeck. "The View" consists of hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment. The program celebrated its 2000th show on February 2, 2006, and is now in its 12th season on the ABC Television Network.
Barbara Walters' ground-breaking exclusive interviews with world figures and her enterprising reporting have made her one of the most highly acclaimed journalists on television. She has received worldwide recognition for her work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Her interviews and reports appear regularly on the ABC weekly newsmagazine "20/20" and in "The Barbara Walters Specials." Ms. Walters joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news. Ms. Walters is also a New York Times best selling author for her memoir "Audition," released in 2008.
In 2002 Whoopi Goldberg became one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy ("Whoopi Goldberg," 1985), the Academy Award ("Ghost," 1991), the Golden Globe ("The Color Purple," 1985 and "Ghost," 1991), the Emmy (as host of AMC's "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel," 2002) and a Tony (producer of "Thoroughly Modern Millie," 2002). She is equally well known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities. Among her many charitable activities, Ms. Goldberg is a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.
Joy Behar, a frequent comedy headliner, is among today's leading comic talents. Whether performing standup comedy or interviewing politicians and artists, she is a comedic original and a leading woman both on stage and screen. Ms. Behar starred in her own HBO special as well as her hilarious cable series "Love, Hate & Joy" and was the voice of a neurotic patient on "Dr. Katz." She has appeared in the films "Cookie," "This Is My Life" and Woody Allen's "Manhattan Murder Mystery." She starred in the off-Broadway hits "The Food Chain" and the critically-acclaimed "The Vagina Monologues." Ms. Behar is the celebrated author of "Joy Shtick: or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?," "Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog," "When You Need a Lift" and "Sheetzucacapoopoo 2: Max Goes to the Dogs." Ms. Behar performed to sold out crowds at Alice Tulley Hall in Lincoln Center and during her one woman show, "Bitchin' with Behar," at New York's Zipper Theater. She is a frequent substitute host for Larry King on "Larry King Live" on CNN.
Sherri Shepherd, an accomplished stand-up comic, voiced the role of Ben Stiller's "lioness mother" in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and co-stars with Lenny Kravitz and Paula Patton in "Precious." She has been featured in the motion pictures "Who's Your Caddy," "Beauty Shop," "Cellular" and "Guess Who." For four seasons she starred on ABC's "Less than Perfect."
Ms. Shepherd is also the voice of twin toucans Cheryl and Meryl in the Disney Channel's comedy series, "Brandy & Mr. Whiskers," and often guests as Tracy Morgan's wife, Angie Jordan, on "30 Rock." Ms. Shepherd was a co-host of ABC's broadcast of "The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" and appeared in one episode of "Entourage." Ms. Shepherd has performed at The Comedy Store, The Improv and the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is best known to audiences as a participant on the wildly popular second edition of the "Survivor" reality show, "Survivor: The Australian Outback." In August, 2004, she spoke at the Republican National Convention, where she delivered a heartfelt speech that emphasized her continued effort in support of Breast Cancer prevention and research. She and her husband, Tim Hasselbeck, a former NFL Quarterback and now an ESPN NFL analyst, have two children, Grace and Taylor. Ms. Hasselbeck is expecting her third child in August, 2009.
"The View" is the recipient of 24 Daytime Emmy® Awards, numerous Daytime Emmy Award nominations, including 11 consecutive nominations for Outstanding Talk Show and 12 consecutive nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host, the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series, the Gracie Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, two Prism Commendations presented by the Entertainment Industries Council & National Institute on Drug Abuse, the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Talk Show, the Los Angeles Daily News Reader's Choice Award for Best Morning Talk Show, the Good Housekeeping Great Works Award, and was also voted Favorite Talk Show by Viewers Voice, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports television programming.
In May 2009, "The View" hosts were chosen as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine. Additionally, they appeared in the "Time 100/Anderson Cooper 360¡ Special: The World's Most Influential People."
In September 2008, the show launched a "Red, White & View" campaign highlighting interviews and informational segments that helped promote civic responsibility during the election season. The "Red, White & View" campaign was another example of how "The View" established itself as an important player in the political process.
In May 2001, the co-hosts were awarded the Safe Horizon Champion Award for their continued efforts to raise awareness on issues of importance to girls and women. In March 2002, "The View" received the Linda Dano Heart Award from Heartshare Human Services of New York for its programming philosophy that brought enlightenment, entertainment and comfort to families throughout the Nation and New York in the wake of September 11, 2001.
The co-hosts have appeared together on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Charlie Rose," "Larry King Live" and their own "Super View" segment, broadcast during the Super Bowl pre-game show in January 2000. In March 2002, they hosted a special wrap-around entitled "Bonding with 'The View'" for the ABC network premiere of "Diamonds Are Forever." The co-hosts have graced covers of magazines, including TV Guide and Ladies Home Journal. In May 2003, the co-hosts were featured as part of the live, three-hour broadcast of "The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" with a comical segment entitled "The View from the Daytime Emmys." Together they appeared in a January 2006 "Got Millk?" ad. This year, the women were featured in one episode of HBO's "Entourage," "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" and "Ugly Betty."
In February 2006, as part of a 2000th Show celebration, the co-hosts, along with executive producer Bill Geddie and ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
In the highest form of adulation, and in clear recognition of the show's popularity and success, "The View" has been the subject of a number of satires, from "SNL" and "The Simpsons" to MAD Magazine.
In July 2008, "The View" broadcast live with T-Mobile USA, Inc. as a single commercial sponsor, adding bonus time to the show's popular "Hot Topics" segment, a result of limited commercial interruptions. The unique sponsorship was the first of its kind for both "The View" and ABC Daytime. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, "The View" was broadcast live from City Hall Plaza in Dallas, TX in October 2004. During the trip, the co-hosts unveiled the "Quilts of Inspiration™," a 24' x 24' quilt that was auctioned off to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In February 2004, "The View" broadcast live, poolside from Caesars Palace in the vibrant city of Las Vegas. "The View" returned to Las Vegas in June 2008 and February 2006 to broadcast a week of live shows from outside Caesars Palace. In October 2003, the show unveiled a series of "firsts," as the program broadcast live for one day, outdoors on the campus of the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, for the exciting grand finale to "The View from Your Hometown" contest. In June 2003, "The View" broadcast its first live primetime special entitled "The View: His & Her Body Test" - an hour that included gender related "Hot Topics," celebrities and a real-time multiple choice quiz. In March 2003, "The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" nominations were announced live on "The View." This first-ever one-hour national television talk show event featured a dazzling lineup of Daytime stars from all three major networks. Live nomination ceremonies were also featured in March 2002 ("The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards") and April 2008 ("The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards"). "The View" broadcast "After Party at 'The View,'" the show's first live late-night special following the Academy Awards™.