The show scored the highest-ratings in the 13-season history of ‘The View’ – with 6.59 million viewers, according to Nielsen numbers released late Friday. Previously, the highest-rated edition of ‘The View’ was the show that aired the morning after the 2008 presidential election in which Barack Obama was elected. That show had 6.17 million viewers, ABC said.
With her own nightly talk show on CNN’s HLN (formerly Headline News), Joy Behar got a chance to relive the experience Thursday evening with guests Ben Stein and Lizz Winstead (comedian and co-creator of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’).
Stein, whose politics are generally opposed to those of the more liberal president, nevertheless praised Obama for a job well-done. “I thought he did brilliantly well,” Stein told Joy. “I was extremely impressed. He was absolutely at the top of his game.”
On right-leaning Fox News, Sean Hannity covered the appearance – with help from Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who seemed right at home on FNC as the lone conservative among the ‘View’ co-hosts. Hannity started with a clip from ‘The View’ that showed Behar complaining to the president about – what else? – Fox News. Joy accused the news channel’s personalities, along with other right-wing pundits, of “hijacking the narrative” when they complain about his administration’s achievements.
Like Ben Stein, Hannity’s a conservative, but he nonetheless said he thought the president’s decision to appear on ‘The View’ was “a great choice.” He also noted that Hasselbeck may be the only politically conservative TV personality to ever get a chance to question President Obama. For her part, Elisabeth said she never thought of it that way. (Watch video of Hannity here.)
Predictably, the special edition of ‘The View,’ with the president as sole guest, was fodder for the late-night monologues.
Responding on ‘The Daily Show‘ to critics who said the president shouldn’t have wasted his time appearing on a daytime talk show, Jon Stewart declared, “He waited until Star Jones left the show! What more do you want from the guy?”
Stewart took a shot at Whoopi Goldberg’s wardrobe choice – a long black dress – joking that she looked as if she was angling for a Supreme Court nomination.
Stewart played a clip of someone comparing ‘The View’ to ‘The Jerry Springer Show,’ then remarked, “I bet the whole thing’s a set-up so Michelle can tell Obama she’s cheating on him with his best friend!”
On NBC, Jay Leno also referred to another daytime talk show in his ‘Tonight Show’ monologue (watch here). “President Obama was a guest on ‘The View’ today,” Leno said. “He said he talked to the ladies about what it was like to be president and then later in the afternoon went over to ‘The Maury Povich Show‘ – he passed a lie detector test: It turns out he was born in America! We can move on now!”
The president’s revelation that he never heard of ‘Jersey Shore’s Snooki was brought up time and time again. Said Leno, “[That] is OK because Snooki doesn’t know who he is either!“
On NBC’s ‘Late Night,’ Jimmy Fallon put it another way: “President Obama … said he doesn’t know who Snooki is. Then again, after about five drinks, neither does she!”
One of those who came out against the president’s ‘View’ visit was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who tweeted this complaint on Thursday: “President w/no time to visit porous US/Mexican border to offer help to those risking life to secure us, but lotso’ time to chat on The View?”
Are you going to allow Sarah Palin to have the last word? Whose view do you share?
(Additional reporting by Andy Hunsaker)