The View returned to ABC on Monday for the 18th Season with a new group of co-hosts, a new studio and new look. Whoopi Goldberg, who first joined The View in 2007, was the only returning co-host from last season. Rosie O’Donnell re-joined the show after leaving the moderator’s seat just before Whoopi stepped in. The View also has two new faces as actress Rosie Perez and Republican political advisor Nicolle Wallace join the team.
The first episode of season 18 was a bit more subdued that the media had predicted it would be. Most of the show was spent introducing the new co-hosts as veterans Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg seemed to spend time feeling out the chemistry around the new table.
The headline will probably be “The View Season 18 begins without a bang,” but as someone who has always loved The View… I’m going to dissect the first episode a little with my thoughts on what we saw on day one.