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Barbara Walters announced today that Whoopi Goldberg will officially get her own chair on ‘The View’ beginning on 4 September, when the show launches its 11th season. Goldberg has been a guest 13 times, and guest co-host 14 times since the show first launched. From ABC’s press release:”I have known Whoopi for years. She is brilliant, funny and irrepressible, and is an enormously popular and talented star. We are delighted that she is going to join the program as our moderator. This is going to be a great new chapter for ‘The View,'” said Ms. Walters.

“We are thrilled to have Whoopi join us as moderator for the eleventh season of ‘The View,'” said Brian Frons, president, Daytime Disney-ABC Television Group. “She is a grounded soul, funny, wise and a good listener, all of which will work well for her in that role. It should be quite an ensemble.”

“I’m really glad to be doing ‘The View.’ It’s a show I like with people I like, and I’m looking forward to it,” said Ms. Goldberg.

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