Former secretary of state Colin Powell kisses the hand of actress Jenny McCarthy at the White House Correspondents? Association Dinner April 26, 2008 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK (AP) - Welcome Jenny McCarthy as the next co-host to join "The View."
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.
The 40-year-old McCarthy began her career posing for Playboy, and has since starred in TV sitcoms and appeared in films including "Scary Movie 3."
McCarthy will join "The View" as Joy Behar prepares to leave after being on the show since its premiere.
A remaining vacancy was created last week by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who exited to join Fox News Channel.
Other co-hosts of "The View" include Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg.
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