The 13th season of The View kicked off yesterday, without co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and the ladies brought their "bundles of joy"–their Daytime Emmys–with them. Barbara made a little acceptance speech, thanking her co-hosts, but made the point that she didn't understand how they could win as best hosts and not be nominated for best show saying "I guess the academy thinks we are the best hosts of a not so terrific show." I wonder what Rosie O'Donnell thinks of their win?
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, along with wife Patti, will make a guest appearance on The View Sept. 9. This marks the first time the couple has made an appearance on a talk show together and the impeached Blagojevich's second time on the couch with the ladies. The timing of the interview also coincides with the release and promotion of Blagojevich's book, The Governor, which hits bookstores Sept 8.
La Toya Jackson will be a guest host on The View Sept. 16 and Sept 18, ABC announced. The View is in the process of lining up a string of celebrity guest hosts to fill in while Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on maternity leave.
The popular daytime talk show has also lined up previous guest Kathy Griffin to appear on the Sept. 18 episode, while Victoria Beckham will be a guest on Sept. 14.
Meghan McCain and Eddie Hill are scheduled to fill in on Sept. 9-10 and Sept. 23-24, respectively.
This is the first time since 2007 that Griffin will appear on The View. I wonder if Barbara Walters will be on that day?
Republican fans of The View can breathe a little easier. There will be other Republican voices on The View while Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on maternity leave. The New York Post is reporting that Meghan McCain is returning to the chat fest for three episodes and former Fox News anchor E.D. Hill will also be filling in during Hasselbeck's absence. The View's new season begins airing on Sept. 8, but Hasselbeck's maternity leave doesn't end until mid-October.
Elisabeth and Tim Hasselbeck welcomed the birth of their third child, Isaiah Timothy Hasselbeck, earlier today, according to The View's official website. The boy was born weighing seven pounds and seven ounces at 2:40PM EST.
Congratulations to the couple.