“THE HILLS” STAR HEIDI MONTAG TO CO-HOST ABC’S “THE VIEW,” OCT. 1

Half of the super couple known as “Speidi,” Heidi Montag (“The Hills”), is the latest addition to the growing number of celebrities scheduled to guest host on “The View,” sitting in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is on maternity leave until mid-October. Montag is scheduled for OCT. 1, and this will be her first time co-hosting the Emmy(r) award-winning talk show. Her three prior appearances on “The View” (6/15/09, 6/26/08 and 3/13/08) have been alongside her husband, Spencer Pratt, her co-star on “The Hills.” See video from Heidi’s last appearance on “The View” at: http://theview.tv/videos/Heidi_Montag.

During their last appearance Whoopi Goldberg told the couple, “You better get yourselves together or you’re going to be in the street. You’re going to have to take responsibility. You’re too old now. Last year it was cute. Now you’re adults.” Pratt told the co-hosts that “Speidi” is tied with President Barack Obama as the most popular celebrity. “If we lived in the White House, I would say we would be No. 1,” Pratt said. Barbara Walters, who told the couple they were “famous simply for being famous,” asked what the future holds, leaving Pratt to respond that he “lives in the moment.” When Joy Behar questioned Montag about comparing herself to Mother Teresa when it was rumored she would be posing for Playboy, she said, “I’m more a modern version (of Mother Teresa)” and went on to call the magazine reputable.

“The View” made headlines on June 18, 2009 when Lauren Conrad appeared as a guest to discuss her departure from “The Hills” and the “apology” from Pratt. Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked if she felt the apology was sincere. Conrad told the hosts: “To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t on the other line of that call. That was filmed and I wasn’t on the other end. So, no, I didn’t get an apology. He’s lying.”

During Hasselbeck’s maternity leave (expected to conclude mid-October), a variety of guest co-hosts, including Meghan McCain, Kate Gosselin, La Toya Jackson, Alexandra Wentworth, Mika Brzezinski (“Morning Joe”) and E.D. Hill, have been filling in for the 32-year-old mother of three. Upcoming hosts include “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical” star Melissa Gilbert (Sept. 28), Grammy(r) Award-winning singer/songwriter Gloria Estefan (Sept. 29), “The Hills” star Heidi Montag (Oct. 1), former “View” co-host Lisa Ling (Oct. 5-6), “Ugly Betty” star Ana Ortiz (Oct. 8), “The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco (10/13) and “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi (Oct. 15).

“The View” features Daytime Emmy(r) 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(r) 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.

For breaking news and updated videos follow “The View” (@theviewtv) and hosts Barbara Walters (@BarbaraJWalters), Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar), Elisabeth Hasselbeck (@ehasselbeck) and Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) on Twitter.(tm)

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