Lisa Ling Returns to The View

I'll be the first to admit how emotional I was when I watched Meredith Vieira's first appearance on The View as a guest instead of a co-host.

And now, it's Lisa Ling's turn.

Lisa, who currently works with National Geographic and Oprah, will return to The View for her first-ever guest appearance on the show, live Thursday, March 27 at 11 a.m. on ABC.

I had the privilege of interviewing Lisa when Meredith was leaving The View. My favorite thing about Lisa? She purposely joined The View so she could gain popularity in order to attain her dream job - a job at a network like National Geographic where she could take part in more long-form, educational journalism.

Not many people would leave The View for National Geographic. Pretty impressive.

The first time Lisa watched The View (which was when she heard they were looking for a co-host to fill the spot of the "young one"), she said she found it to be empowering to watch five generations of women talking about everything from politics to Tom Cruise. She said, "At the time I loved Tom Cruise, before he got weird."

Then in statement that proves why she left The View, Lisa added, "I like pop culture as much as anybody, but it felt weird to do it as a job."

I can't wait to set my TiVo to see Lisa's View appearance. Will you watch?

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