ROD BLAGOJEVICH AND PATTI BLAGOJEVICH VISIT ABC’S “THE VIEW” FOR AN EXCLUSIVE JOINT INTERVIEW, LIVE, SEPT. 9

Rod Blagojevich, the indicted former governor of Illinois, makes his second guest appearance on ABC’s “The View,” live on September 9, where he’ll be joined by his wife, Patti Blagojevich, for an exclusive joint interview. Mr. Blagojevich will be promoting his highly anticipated forthcoming book, “The Governor.”

Mr. Blagojevich’s last appearance on “The View” (Jan. 26, 2009) sparked attention and made national headlines. During that interview, Mr. Blagojevich told Barbara Walters (who appeared via satellite from Los Angeles), “Let me unequivocally state right here before you and the whole country: Under no circumstances was I trying to sell a senate seat. Under no circumstances did I break any laws.” Joy Behar, who was told that Mr. Blagojevich does “a fabulous (Richard) Nixon impression,” gleefully asked him to just repeat the famous phrase “I am not a crook.” The former governor laughed and then politely refused. For clips from this interview, visit abc.com/theview.

“The View’s” Season Premiere airs live on ABC, SEPTEMBER 8 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET). Viewers can visit the show’s official website at abc.com/theview for a countdown of the Top 10 most outrageous and talked-about moments from last season through Sept. 4. The site also features an up-to-the-minute online clock to count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the launch of the new season. Kate Gosselin is scheduled to co-host Sept. 14-15 marking her first-ever appearance on the show. Meghan McCain, daughter of former GOP presidential candidate John McCain, is scheduled to guest co-host Sept. 9-10 followed by LaToya Jackson on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 and former Fox News Channel anchor E.D. Hill on Sept. 23-24. Elisabeth Hasselbeck isĀ  on maternity leave and returns to “The View” in mid-October.

“The View” features 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 24 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show. The show 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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