'The View' Co-Hosts Recall When Their Personal Lives Became 'Hot Topics'

Current and former “View” co-hosts shared memories from their time on "The View"

Several of the current and former “View” co-hosts shared memories from their time on “The View” for the ABC News primetime special, “The View: 20 Years in the Making,” which airs Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

“I had a group of girlfriends that I would always go out with and I would talk about on the show all the time,” Ling said. “It definitely got to the point where they would say, ‘OK, you’re not talking about this on the show, right?’”

“I don’t think we fully appreciated that we were opening ourselves up,” she continued. “We got comfortable taking about the things we liked, we loved, who we liked, who we loved, and it invited criticism. I’m not sure if we knew the path that we were going down, if we would do it all the same again. I know I wouldn’t.”

“I think in order to be relatable, the hosts wanted to expose their own vulnerabilities,” Jones said. “The fun things as well as the troubling things that were going on in our lives. At the time, it seemed like a good idea. In hindsight, you make yourself vulnerable, and there are ramifications for that.”

Sherri Shepherd, who co-hosted from 2007 to 2014, was very frank with viewers when she talked about her divorce, then dating life as a single woman, then her marriage to Lamar Sally, which ended in a second divorce.

“It's a double-edged sword, sharing so much on ‘The View,’” Shepherd said. “Because people, our viewers, you've shared so much, they become invested. … Sometimes that is the worst thing to come on and say, ‘Please give me my private time,’ because I think our viewers feel like, ‘No, we're family.’ It's almost like they need closure.”

“It was truly courageous for Meredith and her husband to be so open with his disease, and I believed it helped the national conversation about MS,” Walters said.

Walters herself became the focus of conversation when she announced on the show in 2010 that she was undergoing heart surgery to replace a faulty heart valve.

“When it turned out that I had to have open-heart surgery, I told the audience and they responded by sending me thousands of letters,” Walters said. “I was truly moved at the outpouring of concern and support.”

“But the greatest part of that is when you can encourage someone or inspire someone because you are telling someone out there, ‘Hey, you’re not the only one,’” she added.