Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar both joined “The View” when it premiered on Aug. 11, 1997, which makes it fitting that the duo came together again for the premiere of the show's special podcast series, “Behind The Table.”
The two original co-hosts return to friendly banter and conversation for this series, which celebrates the Emmy Award-winning talk show's 25th season on air. With new episodes of the podcast every Tuesday, Vieira and Behar kicked off the premiere episode to reminisce about the "good old days," as Behar called it, and how the show has evolved through the years.
Behar is the only original "View" host to still be co-hosting the current panel today. She moderates every Friday, just as she did in her return to the show in 2015.
Prior to Vieira's time on "The View," she had a long and successful career as a journalist, which began in 1979 at WCBS-TV in New York. In 1985, she became one of the hosts of CBS's newsmagazine West 57th and went on to win four Emmys for her work in that role. By 1989, Vieira became a "60 Minutes" correspondent, which made her the youngest person to join the team at that time.
In 1994, Vieira joined ABC News as one of six regular correspondents for "Turning Point." She eventually joined "The View" as the show's first-ever moderator and one of the original co-hosts.
Vieira spent nine years on the show alongside Behar. In Tuesday's premiere episode of "Behind The Table," the pair share stories of what it was like to create the show with the legendary Barbara Walters -- getting hired, fired and cracking jokes together.
While Vieira was the original moderator of "The View," Behar said she was “surprised" to learn that Walters wanted Vieira to have a sense of humor.
Although they didn't know each other aside from crossing paths in the elevators at ABC, Vieira said Walters approached her bosses at "Turning Point" to inquire about her comedic side.
"They said, 'She's a little kooky, but she's just got a sense of humor,'" Vieira recalled.
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