The first episode of "The View" aired on the August 11, 1997. Barbara Walters first appeared on the show in 1997 and has made guest appearances as recently as 2015.
The cast member with the most appearances on the show as of 2015 is Whoopi Goldberg, who has made 621 appearances in the 18 seasons that have aired to date. Barbara Walters, who first appeared on the show as a hostess in 1997, has made 342 appearances as of April 2015. In 2010, Barack Obama appeared on the show, becoming the first American president to ever appear on a televised talk show.