Rumors have been swirling over the past few days that Debbie Matenopoulous, who was an original cohost of the ABC talk show “The View” when it premiered back in 1997, would be returning to the program.

Now, Matenopoulous has broken her silence to address these rumors.

“Debbie will always have a fond place in her heart for The View, the show that launched her career as a 21-year-old straight out of NYU,” her spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight.

“Her rep has, in fact, been having conversations with senior executives at ABC News over the past few months about many things, including her participation in celebrating the 25th season of The View, and she appreciates all the interest in her returning,” the spokesperson continued.

While both sides are interested, Matenopoulous does have a busy schedule at the moment.

“Currently, she is in development on two food shows and her own lifestyle show, but she’d never say never to returning to her first television home,” the spokesperson added.

This comes after Meghan McCain announced that she would be leaving “The View” at the end of the month.

“COVID has changed the world for all of us, and it changed the way at least for me — the way I am looking at life, the way I’m living my life, the way I want my life to look like,” she explained. “When I think about where I want [my daughter] Liberty to have her first steps and her first words, I just have this really wonderful life here.”

Sources told Daily Mail that ABC executives are very interested in having Matenopoulous replace McCain.

“Debbie’s recent guest co-hosting of The Talk has not gone unnoticed at ABC and it would make sense to scoop her up,” said one source. “Debbie got such a raw deal when she was cast 24 years ago – she was only 21 and had no real life experience.”

“Yet over the past 20 plus years she has blossomed, she’s married, has a child, is a successful television host and she now could hold her own at The View’s table, day after day,” the insider added.

“Debbie has also returned to the show over the years and it’s always been fun to have her back,” the source concluded. “It would be a great blast from the past and Debbie certainly has the experience and wit to return to the table and reclaim her seat.”

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