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Barbara Walters Makes It Official: Jenny McCarthy Is 'The View's' New Co-Host TVWeek

Barbara Walters has put to rest months of rumors and speculation, making the official announcement today that Jenny McCarthy has been named as the new co-host of ABC's "The View."

McCarthy has been on the show 17 times, including eight appearances as a guest co-host. She will join the talk show full time starting Monday, Sept. 9, launching the show's 17th season.

Walters said in the official announcement: “We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host on ‘The View’ starting in September. Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for ‘The View.’”

McCarthy commented: “I'm beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table. I'd like to thank ABC for this great opportunity. I'd also like to give a big thank you to VH1 for their support and for allowing me to fulfill this lifelong dream. I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off.”

ABC added in its announcement: "This year, Ms. McCarthy brought her over-the-top comedic sensibilities to VH1 with her late-night talk show, 'The Jenny McCarthy Show.' She writes a blog and advice column, 'Ask Jenny,' for her hometown paper, the Chicago Sun-Times, answering reader questions about love, sex, single parenting and fitness. Playing recurring guest roles on such major network television shows as 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Just Shoot Me' and 'The Drew Carey Show,' she continues to be a sought-after comedic actress."

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