Television: The View At The Top

Three years ago, Barbara Walters created a new kind of daytime show for a new kind of daytime audience. Now the five opinionated women of The View have given morning talk a makeover

Poor George Stephanopoulos is surrounded by vaginas. This April morning, four of The View's co-hosts are grilling the squirming ex-politico and ABC commentator about Donna Hanover, New York City's first lady, and her decision--later rescinded--to appear in the play The Vagina Monologues. Clearly they're enjoying his palpable male discomfort with the repetitions of the V word. "I got in trouble on Good Morning America this morning for saying that word," he pleads. "There's four of them right here!" shoots back Star Jones, as the audience--almost all female--goes nuts.

You'd think leaving the Clinton Administration would shield you from such talk. But...

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