The View is an American talk show that was conceived by broadcast journalist Barbara Walters. It has aired on ABC as part of the network's daytime programming block since August 11, 1997. The show broadcasts live from the ABC Broadcast Center in New York City, featuring a multi-generational panel of women as co-hosts, who discuss the day's "Hot Topics" ranging from sociopolitical to entertainment news. While the show primarily spotlights conversations between its panelists, it also regularly features interview segments with prominent figures, such as celebrities and politicians. Throughout its run, The View has had a total of 22 co-hosts of varying characteristics and ideologies, with the original panel comprising Walters, broadcast journalist Meredith Vieira, lawyer Star Jones, then-newcomer Debbie Matenopoulos, and comedian Joy Behar. The number of permanent co-hosts featured on the show ranges from four to eight women, with the panel currently consisting of Behar, entertainer Whoopi Goldberg, attorney Sunny Hostin, and television personalities Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman. In addition, the show often makes use of male and female guest panelists.