'The View' turns 25. Here are 25 times the show gave us something to talk about

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(CNN)"The View" returned for its 25th season this month, with the co-hosts returning to the workplace with a unrecorded assemblage for the archetypal clip since March 2020 owed to the pandemic.

Within a week of the caller season's debut, "The View" had its most-watched telecast successful 5 months and drew its largest wide assemblage successful 10 weeks, a rep for the programme told CNN. The amusement presently ranks fig 1 successful full viewers among the daytime web speech shows and quality programs, according to ABC.

In the years since Barbara Walters archetypal launched "The View" successful 1997, the sheet has featured much than 20 antithetic hosts. Spirited discussions, however, person been a constant.

    Here are 25 memorable moments from "The View" arsenic the programme marks a 4th period of conversation.

      1. 'The View' premieres

      Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Barbara Walters connected  the acceptable   of "The View."

      In August 1997 "The View" premiered with 4 co-hosts, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters, who said she wanted to commencement a speech with women of antithetic property groups from antithetic demographics.

      2. Debbie Matenopoulos departs

      Matenopoulos was conscionable retired of assemblage erstwhile she was asked to articulation the amusement and got mixed reviews for her deficiency of tv experience. "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View," erstwhile enforcement shaper Bill Geddie revealed of Matenopoulos, "The older radical were good with her. They thought she was an idiot, but it was funny. Younger radical didn't spot themselves successful Debbie."

      3. Meredith Viera's accidental overshare

      In 2006, Meredith Vieira, who served arsenic moderator of the sheet and was not 1 to typically daze the audience, admitted connected aerial that she does not similar to deterioration underwear. She aboriginal explained her admission, telling USA Today, "One of the archetypal brainsick things I said was, 'I don't deterioration underwear.' I don't adjacent cognize what provoked it. Where did that travel from?"

      4. Star Jones quits

      Jones, 1 of the show's archetypal co-hosts, announced she was leaving the show successful 2006 connected air. Her co-hosts aboriginal said they didn't cognize it was coming.

      5. The Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck divided screen

      O'Donnell and Hasselbeck often disagreed. In 2007, the 2 were discussing the Iraq War erstwhile their speech became peculiarly heated. The split-screen statement that played retired seemed much fitting for a cablegram quality programme than a chat implicit greeting coffee.

      6. Whoopi Goldberg and Kate Gosselin's awkward exchange

      In 2009, world TV ma Kate Gosselin appeared connected the amusement and spoke astir a custody quality with her ex-husband. Things got precise uncomfortable aft that.

      7. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg locomotion off

      In 2010, Bill O'Reilly appeared connected the amusement and discussed the aftermath of 9/11. After O'Reilly made a mendacious connection astir Muslims, Behar stood up and walked out. Goldberg joined her.

      8. Rosie O'Donnell returns

      Seven years aft she left, O'Donnell returned to the amusement successful 2014, saying connected air, "Wait, is Hasslebeck here?"

      9. Whoopi Goldberg defends Mel Gibson

      When an anti-Semitic rant during an apprehension and sexist and racist voicemails to his ex-partner became public, Goldberg came to Mel Gibson's defence successful 2010, saying astatine the clip she didn't judge he's a racist. Behar changeable backmost astir the connection helium used, saying, "Well, that connection surely sounds racist to me."

      10. Whoopi and Mel, again

      Joan Rivers was a impermanent connected the amusement the aforesaid twelvemonth and not 1 to shy distant from controversy, she brought up Gibson to Goldberg, who defended him. To which Rivers replied, "the Holocaust happened, present we're bully to go."

      11. Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd's bold move

      In 2014, hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd acceptable retired to beryllium they person nary issues with seeing bare bodies connected TV. At the extremity of the show, they appeared connected the sheet topless, with achromatic censor bars covering their chests.

      12. Whoopi Goldberg proves she's human

      Everyone got a laugh aft Goldberg's blistery mic picked up the dependable of her passing gas. She stood up and laughed and erstwhile the others realized what had happened they were each successful stitches too.

      13. Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd leave

      One period aft Barbara Walters near the amusement successful 2014, quality broke that Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd would not return. In effect to the announcement, McCarthy tweeted "If Sherri goes...I spell too. #sisters"

      14. Donald Trump and birtherism

      Before helium became president, Donald Trump appeared connected the amusement and was asked astir asking past President Barack Obama to supply his commencement certificate to beryllium his American citizenship. Goldberg questioned Trump, "It's not due to the fact that he's Black is it?"

      15. 'Not favoritism astatine all'

      In 2015, big Candace Cameron Bure said "I don't deliberation this is favoritism astatine all," astir a bakery fined $135,000 for refusing to marque a wedding barroom for a lesbian couple. Raven Symone wasn't having it.

      16. 'SNL' spoofs of 'The View'

      Watch it for Kate McKinnon channeling Joy Behar.

      17. Rosie Perez gives a tearful goodbye

      After conscionable 1 season, big Rosie Perez announced she'd beryllium leaving the show. She grew emotional, thanking chap panelists Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace. "I privation to convey you for your friendship, Nicolle, and your quality and your wit and your sunshine. Whoopi, convey you for everything -- your guidance, your professionalism and astir of each your friendship."

      Wallace cried connected aerial arsenic Goldberg tried to clasp backmost tears.

      18. Joe Biden consoles Meghan McCain

      In 2017, past erstwhile Vice President Joe Biden consoled big Meghan McCain erstwhile she began crying portion discussing her begetter Sen. John McCain's conflict with encephalon cancer.

      Biden, who served with McCain successful the Senate, moved to beryllium adjacent to her and clasp her manus arsenic she spoke.

      19. 'Have immoderate respect'

      During a speech successful May of this year, Behar and co-host McCain got into it.

      "Don't archer maine what I'm expected to beryllium saying, Meghan, okay? You bash your things, we bash ours," Behar said astatine 1 point.

      "I'm good alert we bash abstracted things connected this show, Joy. And I cognize you've been present for 25 years. I've been present four," McCain shouted.

      "That's right!" said Behar. "You should person immoderate respect for that erstwhile successful a bluish moon."

      20. 'Girl, delight halt talking'

      After McCain interrupted different big arsenic the sheet was debating, Goldberg told McCain, "Girl, delight halt talking! Please halt talking close now!"

      McCain replied with, "No problem. I won't speech the remainder of the show."

      To which Goldberg replied, "Well, I'm good with that. I'm good with that, if you're gonna behave similar this."

      21. 'I'm famous'

      In 2015, aft exemplary and histrion Cara Delevingne appeared a spot bushed successful an interrogation connected "Good Day Sacramento," Goldberg told her to cheque herself.

      Goldberg said Delevingne she should beryllium grateful for her opportunities.

      "She's not a celebrated actress. She's a newbie. I'm famous," Goldberg said connected air, adding, "It isn't easy, but we are privileged for what we do. We are truthful lucky. If you are expected to beryllium doing this, you gotta find a mode to suck it up. You don't get to beryllium crappy to radical -- they're doing their occupation too."

      22. Joy has a pandemic camera neglect from home.

      At the commencement of the pandemic, "The View" had figured a mode to person the hosts broadcast unrecorded from home. Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin were each successful their abstracted homes erstwhile Behar admitted her husband, Steve Janowitz, was moving the camera. As Behar weighed successful connected a topic, his limb dipped little and little successful beforehand of the camera, to the delight of viewers astatine home. Behar could beryllium heard saying, "Steve, you're successful beforehand of the camera, darling!"

      Goldberg rapidly started laughing, asking her, "What is happening astatine your house, girl?!"

      23. Paper fight

      When the Goldberg and Fox News big Jeanine Pirro got into a governmental shouting lucifer during an occurrence of "The View," Goldberg ended the conception by ripping up the cards for her questions. She told Pirro, "Say goodbye! Bye! I'm done."

      24. Meghan McCain announces she is leaving the show

      McCain, who represented the azygous blimpish dependable for overmuch of her clip connected "The View," announced she was leaving the programme implicit the summer.

      25. Barbara Walters says goodbye to 'The View'

        "The bully quality is I volition person clip present to get Botox," Walters joked during her departure from the amusement successful 2014, adding that she's disposable for "supermarket openings."

        "Who knows what the aboriginal brings," she added.

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