How much yammering can morning audiences handle? We’re going to find out. Already facing increased competition from CBS’s upcoming The Talk, now The View’s Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie have another threat to worry about. According to the New York Post, Oprah has brought in Mark Burnett to produce a daily panel talk show. The new chat fest will premiere in January when OWN launches.
For the first time in TV history a sitting U.S. President will visit a daytime talk show and what better place to sit down than on The View? This Thursday–as part of The View’s Red, White & View campaign–President Barack Obama will appear on the chatfest. Barbara Walters–who has been off the air recovering from heart valve surgery since May–will return for the special occasion.
“We are so pleased and honored that President Obama will be a guest on The View. The President last appeared on the program in March 2008 while he was still a Senator and First Lady Michelle Obama was a featured guest co-host in June, 2008. This shows that both the President and First Lady feel that our show is an influential and important source of information and news. I’m also going to appear on The View Thursday for the first time since my open heart surgery in May. I will return full-time in September,” said Ms. Walters.
The last time President Obama stopped by The View, he was still a Senator from Illinois.
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Star Jones is working on what is sure to be the juiciest daytime-related novel since Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva. According to the New York Post, the former The View co-host is writing a novel about a fictional TV talk show called The Lunch Club.
But while this novel will be dishy, it will be a work of fiction." But an insider said, "There will be tales in the book which will leave readers wondering if they are based on real events and characters. It's being carefully vetted by lawyers."
For more on Star’s novel, visit the New York Post.
Monday, Barbara Walters (The View) announced that she was having heart surgery to replace a faulty valve. Today, People.com is reporting that Walters is "recovering as expected." In a statement, a rep from the show commented that the operation
went well, and the doctors are very pleased with the outcome.
Walters will spend the summer recovering and will return to the popular talk show in the fall.
Today on The View, Barbara Walters announced that she will undergo surgery to replace a faulty heart valve later this week. She will use the summer to recover and will “come roaring back” this fall. When Whoopi asked if she is scared, Walters responded, "Nobody wants to have this kind of surgery... I don't think I'm really scared. I'm glad it's going to be over with. It's been on my mind for a long time." Watch Walters make the announcement after the jump.