Official: Jenny McCarthy Named Co-Host of ‘The View'

Comedian/actress to join ABC daytime program in September
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Jenny McCarthy has officially been named a new co-host of
ABC's The View starting this fall,
the network confirmed Monday. Her first day will be Sept. 9, the first day of
the daytime program's 17th season.

She joins The View
as co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck exited the show for Fox News last week and Joy Behar prepares to depart when her contract expires at the end of the
summer. With Barbara Walters also retiring at the end of next season, The View will be looking for more
co-hosts to sit alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.

"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."

McCarthy started her career as a Playboy model then transitioned
to a TV career as host of MTV's Singled
Out
. She most recently hosted season two of the NBC summer reality series Love in the Wild in 2012 and had a
self-titled late-night talk show on VH1 earlier this year, which wrapped its
run in May. She has guest co-hosted The
View
eight times.

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