NEW YORK (July 15, 2013)--Jenny McCarthy, the actress and former Playboy playmate, was named Monday to join the panel of the ABC weekday talk show.
Barbara Walters, who created "The View" in 1997 and has since served as a co-host, made the widely expected announcement on the air.
McCarthy, 40, began her career posing for Playboy, and has since starred in TV sitcoms and appeared in films including "Scary Movie 3."
McCarthy joins "The View" as Joy Behar prepares to leave after appearing on the show since its premiere.
A remaining vacancy was created last week by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left to join Fox News Channel.
Other co-hosts of "The View" include Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg.