It's Official: Jenny McCarthy Joins The View

132467_9146The View has one less chair to fill: Jenny McCarthy has formally been named a permanent co-host on ABC’s venerable chatfest.

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“We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us starting in September,” boss lady Barbara Walters announced Monday. “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View.”

McCarthy, who has eight View guest-hosting stints under her belt, gushed, “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table. I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off.”

McCarthy’s hiring comes less than a week after Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s defection to Fox news, and a month before Joy Behar is slated to depart. Walters, meanwhile, is set to retire next year.

Thoughts? Are you more or less likely to take in The View with McCarthy on board? Hit the comments!