Debbie Matenopoulos is returning to “The Insider” for an interview series with pioneering women of talk shows.
A former panelist for “The View,” Matenopoulos joins the entertainment program as a special correspondent for upcoming sit-downs with format legends Sally Jesse Raphael, Kathie Lee Gifford, Rolanda Watts and Leeza Gibbons.
“This is like coming home; everyone at the show is so much fun. And the fact that we’re doing this amazing series on these pioneering women in daytime TV!” Matenopoulos told TheWrap. “I’ve had the opportunity to interview a lot of my mentors. They’re people I look up to, these trailblazers.”
“We are incredibly excited about Debbie’s special return to ‘The Insider,'” said executive producer Monique Chenault. “She always approaches every assignment with enthusiasm and painstaking preparation. Now, as a new mom and best-selling author, she comes back with a wealth of new experiences that will add even more perspective and dimension to her storytelling.”
The segments will air during the all-important May sweeps period. Read the full schedule of interviews with air dates below:
April 24: Martha Stewart
April 29: Nicole Wallace
May 1: Lisa Ling
May 5: Leeza Gibbons
May 6: Sally Jesse Raphael
May 7: Kathie Lee Gifford
May 8: Rolanda Watts
Matenopoulos spent a year as special correspondent on the syndicated show in 2011. An inaugural member of “The View” from 1997-1999, she’s also worked as a host on E! and the TV Guide Channel. Author of the cookbook “It’s All Greek To Me,” Matenopoulos welcomed daughter Alexandra in October 2014 with photographer husband Jon Falcone.