'The View' Host Joy Behar Says Donald Trump Is The Reason Why The Show Is So Political Now: 'He Is The Reason We Changed'
While many viewers see long-running ABC daytime show The View as overtly political, there was a time when the show was not.
As reported by Decider, for the Hulu special Behind The Table: A View Reunion, the original hosts — Debbie Matenopoulos, Joy Behar, Star Jones, and Meredith Viera — have been reflecting on how the show has changed.
"The show is more political," says former co-host Debbie Matenopoulos at the beginning of the episode. "When we were out it was fun — and fun, it was a change."
Behar, who is also a current panelist on the show, says former and twice-impeached President Donald Trump is the reason for the move.
"It wouldn't be if Trump weren't President. Because he's the reason we changed - because he was so awful. And we had to talk about it," she said.
Viera chimed in, adding that events in the country also played a role in how The View changed.
"It wasn't just him, it was what happened to the country as a result," Viera said. "All the fear — and all the confusion, all the fighting."
For Jones, the change in The View began some time ago. She cited the infamous debate between former hosts Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell over the Iraq War in 2007 as the reason for changing the topics discussed on the panel.
"I remember when the show changed," Jones noted. "I can trace it back from the moment I thought it happened. When they went to that split screen with Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth, I thought if I had to be critical, that's the moment I would be critical, because I thought no matter when we disagreed, we had the ability to disagree without being uncomfortable.”
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