Jenny McCarthy is joining "The View" as co-host, Barbara Walters and ABC announced Monday, confirming a decision that was widely expected.
McCarthy starts on Monday, Sept. 9, the kick-off to season 17. McCarthy has appeared on the daytime talk show 17 times, eight as guest host. It had been speculated that McCarthy would join the table, since Elisabeth Hasselback left last week and Walters plans to retire next summer.
Co-host Sherri Shepherd kinda-sorta confirmed the hiring last week, perhaps accidentally.
“We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host on ‘The View’ starting in September," Walters said. "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'."
“I'm beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table," McCarthy said. She continued, "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."
McCarthy has recently been hosting a VH1 late-night talk show, “The Jenny McCarthy Show.” She writes a blog and advice column, “Ask Jenny,” for her hometown paper, the Chicago Sun-Times, answering reader questions about love, sex, single parenting and fitness.