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How Barbara Walters and ‘The View’ Beat the Odds

8 April 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The show snuck on the air in the middle of August, using a set recycled from the defunct soap opera “The City.”

Nobody, not even exec producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, thought “The View” had much of a chance of surviving in the 11 a.m. weekday time period that had been a black hole for ABC for a more than a decade.

Seventeen years and nearly 3,800 episodes later, “The View” has made an enormous mark on morning TV. And it has contributed greatly to Walters’ considerable legacy by showing a side of her that viewers previously hadn’t seen.

But make no mistake — “The View” was never designed to be softball TV. “We’re not a puff show,” Walters says. “We can be more opinionated.”

Walters deliberately cut through the aura of her news icon persona, and in so doing extended her on-air career in a way that was »

- Cynthia Littleton

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