*It’s finally official. The upcoming 20th season of “The View” will feature returning co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris and Raven-Symoné, along with newcomer Sara Haines, the network announced Wednesday.
Also returning as recurring co-hosts are Sunny Hostin and Jedediah Bila, who will appear frequently throughout the season.
Season 20 of “The View” premieres on Sept. 6, with a primetime kickoff special set to air on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 10-11 p.m., titled “The View: 20 Years In the Making.”
Barbara Walters, who created “The View,” will host the special featuring “surprising stories from behind the scenes, favorite memories from celebrity fans, a look back at the show’s most talked about moments and appearances from co-hosts from the past 19 years.
Meanwhile, as ABC was confirming its Season 20 hosts on Wednesday, Whoopi was in full rant mode on Twitter over a Daily Mail report claiming co-host Faris believe’s Whoopi is behind her reduced appearances.
“Contrary to what u might read in the I do NOT run ABC nor do I own or produce, not involved in hiring 4 the View so don’t send ur resumes,” she began. “I’m not responsible 4 firing or moving people around or negotiating my coworkers contracts. I LIKE having a gig and as much as I’d like to Rule the entire universe, I have enough to do in my life than to take mean girl pleasure at some one else WRONGLY perceived change.”
The article in question claimed Faris’ appearances were reduced after focus group feedback was the “lowest” since Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Apparently Faris got loud in a closed-door meeting, claiming the decision was “a bunch of bull” and “Whoopi’s doing.”
Daily Mail said “a source” told them: “[Faris] is adamant that the network bowed to pressure from Whoopi to get rid of Paula as part of her negotiations to return for Season 20.”
Of the Daily Mail’s “source,” Whoopi continued via Twitter: “Also daily mail knowing that people talk A lot do you honestly think I would talk or act in such a way that would give u ANY ability to know Anything I think??”
“No daily mail I wouldn’t, so if your going to continue to accuse me of doing this kind of thing could you make something Someone my age would do. For goodness sake the only botch fest is the one in talks minds.no fight here just clearing up an untruth.”