LISA LING RETURNS TO CO-HOST “THE VIEW,” LIVE, OCTOBER 5-6


American journalist Lisa Ling, former co-host of “The View” (1999-2002), will return the week of October 5 and co-host two live shows, Monday, Oct. 5 and Tuesday, Oct. 6, and will be seated alongside pals Barbara Walters and Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd. Ms. Ling returned to co-host “The View” on May 27, 2003 and has made three guest appearances (12/08/08, 9/29/08 and 3/27/08) since vacating her chair on “The View” on December 5, 2002. She is currently a correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and CNN. Ms. Ling’s sister, Laura Ling, was one of two journalists detained and released this year by North Korea.

“I’m thrilled to be mixing it up with the women again. I’m hoping that some serious debate ensues,” said Ms. Ling.

Additional upcoming guest co-hosts who’ll sit in for co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck (who is on maternity leave and returning mid-October) include: Alexandra Wentworth (Sept. 21), Mika Brzeninski from “Morning Joe” (Sept. 22),*E.D. Hill (Sept. 23-24), Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Gloria Estefan (Sept. 29), former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith (Oct. 7), “Ugly Betty” star Ana Ortiz (Oct. 8) and Kaley Cuoco (10/13). “*E.D. Hill previously co-hosted “The View” on Oct. 14, 2008.

“The View” features Daytime Emmy® Award-winning hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. It’s the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations. Since its launch, “The View” has received 28 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show host honoring Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Daytime Emmy Award history was made on Aug. 30, 2009 when the hosts of “The View” were awarded the Daytime Emmy® for Outstanding Talk Show Host. It was the first time in the 36 year history of NATAS that multiple hosts were bestowed that honor in this category. “The View” has received 11 consecutive nominations for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show and 12 consecutive nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Visit “The View” on the Web at abc.com/theview.

The program is broadcast in HDTV with 5.1-channel surround sound, and is now available to watch online daily at 4:00 p.m., ET/1:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Digital Full Episode Player at ABC.com. “The View” is produced by ABC Daytime and Ms. Walters’ Barwall Productions, with Ms. Walters serving as executive producer along with Bill Geddie, who also serves as executive producer for “The Barbara Walters Specials.” “The View” is directed by Mark Gentile. Musical performances produced and directed by Mark Gentile.

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