Following in the footsteps of previous "View-ettes" Debbie Matenopoulos and Meredith Vieira, former co-host Lisa Ling is returning to The View for her first-ever guest appearance, live Thursday, March 27 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) on the ABC Television Network.
After a nationwide search, Ms. Ling was announced as the replacement to Debbie Matenopoulos, live, May 3, 1999. Ms. Ling vacated her chair at The View on December 5, 2002 to join National Geographic Television and Film. She returned in May 2003 as a guest co-host for two shows (May 27 and May 30). She was replaced by designer and former Survivor: The Australian Outback contestant and current co-host Elisabeth (Filarski) Hasselbeck on November 24, 2003. Meredith Vieira, who spent nine seasons as the moderator of ABC's The View before leaving the show in June 2006, made her first guest appearance on the show on October 8, 2007. Original co-host Debbie Matenopoulos returned as a guest co-host on July 26, 2006. It was her first appearance on the daytime talk show since her departure in January 1999.
Lisa Ling reports on the underage prostitution crisis in the U.S. with in-depth coverage on cases in New York, Dallas and Las Vegas. She speaks with current and former juvenile prostitutes, rides along with law enforcement officers trying to stop the traffickers and goes behind-the-scenes at innovative programs committed to giving these girls an opportunity to build a better life. Of the estimated hundreds of thousands of juveniles involved in domestic sex trade in the U.S., most are victims of rape, abuse and torture. While girls trafficked from other countries are protected under the law and entitled to medical treatment and social services, there are few such policies for American girls. United States law often sees them as juvenile delinquents, and they are prosecuted as criminals. Who Cares About Girls: Sex Workers or Victims? airs Sunday, March 30 at 9 PM ET on Oxygen.
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 and share their no-holds-barred opinions and engage in colorful conversations. Since its launch, The View has received 22 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show. The show has received numerous nominations, including ten consecutive nominations for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host. Visit The View on the Web at ABC.com (keyword: theview). The program is broadcast in HDTV with 5.1-channel surround sound.
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