Get ready to laugh a little more while watching The View!
Barbara Walters has revealed that funny lady Jenny McCarthy will be joining the show as a new co-host.
“We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host on The View starting in September," Barbara, 83, said in a statement. "Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View."
And Jenny, who's currently romancing New Kids on the Block band member Donnie Walhberg, is ecstatic about the new gig.
“I'm beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table," shared the 40-year-old, who also has her own late-night talk show on VH1. "I'd like to thank ABC for this great opportunity. I'd also like to give a big thank you to VH1 for their support and for allowing me to fulfill this lifelong dream. I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off."
The news comes on the heels of some shake-ups on the hour-long daily talk show.
In March, Joy Behar revealed she would be leaving at the end of this season. That same month, Barbara announced her retirement from journalism after a successful 52-year career. On July 10, Elisabeth Hasselbeck left in order to join the Fox News Channel.
We chatted with panelist Sherri Shepherd a couple of months ago and she revealed to us that she hoped Jenny would join the show.
"We need someone who is fearless and not afraid to express their views," she said at the time.
Well, Sherri, it looks like your wish has come true!
Jenny will make her debut on the season 17 premiere, airing Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. ET on ABC. Sherri and Whoopi Goldberg are reportedly returning. Brooke Shields is rumored to also join the show.
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