As The View is readying for its month-long hiatus, the day-time talk show made some major news, Wednesday. Co-host Sunny Hostin signed a new contract and will stick with the show for three-more years.
Variety reported the news about Hostin. She’s the attorney and network legal analyst who joined The View in 2016. Since joining the show, she’s also added best-selling author to her resume. Variety didn’t report terms for the deal, only that it runs for the next three seasons. The site said it is a “multi-million-dollar” agreement.
Variety reported that all four full-time co-hosts, including moderator Whoopi Goldberg, will return to the show next season. The new fall schedule starts after Labor Day.
The View Will Announce New Co-Host This Week
Meanwhile, The View will announce its fifth co-host on the show, Thursday. The spot is the so-called conservative voice on the chat show, which is finishing its 25th season this week. It’s been widely reported that Alyssa Farah Griffin will be the choice after serving as a rotating guest host for the past year. She’ll replace Meghan McCain, who left The View this time a year ago.
There are some fans who said they’d boycott The View if Griffin’s hire becomes official. The 32-year-old worked as the White House Director of Communications in the Trump administration for eight months in 2020. Part of her duties included working as a special assistant for President Donald Trump. She also served as press secretary to then Vice President Mike Pence. And she held a similar job with the Pentagon, making her the youngest press secretary in department history.
She left the Trump administration in early December, 2020. Griffin since has become a vocal critic of Trump’s and has helped send witnesses to the Congressional Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Hostin’s new deal also will allow her to continue to do special projects for ABC. She joined the network as a legal analyst several months before she became a The View co-host. She hosts Soul of a Nation, a series on ABC primetime. And she’ll still report stories for 20/20, Good Morning America and Nightline.
The View is basically locked in with its co-hosts. Goldberg signed a four-year deal earlier this year. Behar, the longest-running co-host, also agreed to stick around through the 2024 presidential election cycle. She’s 79, so there was some concern she might retire.
Ana Navarro is a part-time co-host of The View, usually working on the Friday episode and subbing in for others.