The View Brings Together Original Panel For Hot Topics

the-view-original-panel-reunionThe View took Flashback Friday seriously this week. Instead of resurrecting a picture from years ago, the show brought back the original panel for one epic daytime reunion. Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos joined fellow OG and current co-host, Joy Behar, for Hot Topics and more. The reunion is just the latest stunt, celebrating the show’s milestone 20th anniversary.

“As soon as we started the 20th season”—in September—“this is one of the first ideas that came up,” says co-executive producer Brian Teta, who helped organize the secret show. “I have always been a fan of ‘The View.’ I like the idea of an alternate reality, where the panel stayed exactly the same: how would Meredith, Star and Debbie react to the political season? I thought it would be a fun way to honor Barbara Walters’ vision.”

It’s great seeing all the ladies back together again. Too bad, Barbara Walters was unavailable. Watch the ladies talk about Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s White House meeting, the latest Kardashian baby and more below.

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