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Jenny McCarthy Officially Joins "The View" on Cohost

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck's seat has been filled.

Barbara Walters announced Elisabeth's replacement this morning on "The View" -- confirming rumors that Jenny McCarthy will take over in September.

"We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host," Walters said on Monday's show. "Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for 'The View.'"

The 40-year-old mom has been on the show on 17 times and guest-hosted eight times.

"I'm beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table," added Jenny. "I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off."

Joy Behar will also be leaving the show after this season. No word yet on who will replace her.

Barbara is also set to retire from TV next year.

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