THE View has reunited its original hosts for a big 25th anniversary celebration that aired on Thursday, but one key member was missing.
Fans have become concerned after noticing the important team member from when the talk show began in 1997 was not part of the event.
在 1997, The View premiered with five women leading the show – Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, 乔伊·比哈尔, Debbie Matenopoulos, and Barbara Walters.
这些年来, a slew of hosts have come and gone, with Joy currently the only original member still on the program.
Meredith Vieira was on from 1997 到 2006, as was Star, and Debbie Matenopoulos hosted from 1997 到 1999.
To celebrate the talk show’s milestone 25th anniversary, the women had a big reunion at New York’s Essex House, where they first auditioned.
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In the pre-recorded special, they spent time catching up with one another and reminiscing about their time working together.
尽管, not all of them took part in the festivities.
芭芭拉, who created the show and was responsible for putting the original team together, was not present.
Viewers were excited to see the OG hosts reunite but became concerned after seeing that the 92-year-old was not there for it.
One worried fan tweeted: “So.. we always talk about Barbara but have no real information of what’s going on with her?”
另一个写道: “I don’t think the show has been the same since Barbara left. By the way is she still alive?”
A third begged, “I want to see Barbara!!,” and added a crying emoji.
“I hope Barbara Walters is doing okay,” a fourth concerned viewer tweeted.
Barbara led the show until her retirement in 2014, and Whoopi Goldberg, who joined in 2007, is currently the show’s moderator.
Along with Whoopi and Joy, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin also host the show right now.
Barbara has kept out of the spotlight since retiring in 2014 and has not had a public appearance since 2016, only adding to fans’ concerns.
During the reunion, the other women made sure to give a big toast to Barbara for creating the show and bringing them all together back in 1997.
一个 TV series about The View is currently in the works, after Eric Feig’s company PictureStart purchased the rights to Ramin Setoodeh’s Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.
Ryan Lindenberg, PictureStart’s executive VP of production, 告诉 种类 in a statement in 2020: “It started as a bet nobody thought would ever work.
“But when icon Barbara Walters created The View 23 几年前, she also began a conversation that has not ceased in breaking ground, pulling in audiences and guests around the world and remaining a cultural juggernaut.
“Ramin’s amazing book is the perfect fodder for an addictive, juicy, wickedly smart and provocative series that will have viewers on the edge of their seats, wanting more.”
Barbara created the talk show in 1997 to give women a platform to speak on important topics — both to them and their viewers.
Soon, personalities started to clash and power struggles began amongst Barbara and the other the co-hosts, including Whoopi, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 喜悦, Rosie O’Donnell, and Star.