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Original ‘View’ co-host: Show wasn’t ‘supposed to be political’

One of the original co-hosts of “The View” says the ABC daytime chatfest was never “supposed to be political.”

“The show has become super political now,” Debbie Matenopoulos said on a Tuesday episode of the “Allison Interviews” podcast.

Matenopoulos, then 22, was tapped to co-host the then-fledgling talk show helmed by Barbara Walters when it launched in 1997.

“It was just meant to be, like, ‘Here’s your mom, your grandmother, your aunt, your cousin, your sister and your young sister all sitting there chatting about the same topic but they’re all going to have different ideas, because they are coming from different generations and different backgrounds,’” she told host Allison Kugel.

“That was just it — just have, like, a fun conversation and see where it comes out, and for all of us to learn from one another,” the former E! personality added.

Matenopoulos took a slight knock at how the show has evolved over the years with liberal and conservative co-hosts — including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and former panelist Meghan McCain — frequently engaging in headline-making clashes.

“I am not a person that likes to fight. I’m not a person that likes to make other people feel uncomfortable,” said Matenopoulos, who was replaced by Lisa Ling on “The View” in 1999.

“I’m not a person that likes to debate, just for the sake of debating. And that’s kind of what that show had become,” she added. “You were debating — but it wasn’t like that at the beginning.”

Tags Barbara Walters Debbie Matenopoulos Joy Behar Meghan McCain The View Whoopi Goldberg
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