Just days after Joy Behar‘s final appearance as a co-host on The View, ABC released the first official photo of the show’s season 17 cast, which features Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, and Behar’s replacement, Jenny McCarthy.
It was revealed that McCarthy, 40 was being considered for Behar’s spot back in July. Less than two weeks later, Walters confirmed the casting news on air, telling viewers of the ABC talk show that the popular blonde would be permanent co-host starting in September.
“Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor,” Walters said of McCarthy, who has appeared on The View 17 times, including eight as a guest co-host. “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.