After much speculation, Whoopi Goldberg is returning to ‘The View’


According to Variety, Whoopi Goldberg has made the decision to return to The View for its twenty-first season.

This will also mark Goldberg's tenth anniversary on the talk show.

The contract renewal is an important one for ABC, because Goldberg, who has served as moderator on the show, has been considered to be the force holding the show together since creator Barbara Walters retired from the show in 2014.

Goldberg has been on the show since 2007, making her one of the longest-running cast members, besides Joy Behar, who was part of the original 1997 cast.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Honoree Whoopi Goldberg speaks onstage at Variety's Power of Women New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Variety)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Nicole Wallace, Stacy London and Whoopi Goldberg backstage at the the Marissa Webb fashion show with TRESemme during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Whoopi Goldberg prepares backstage at the August Getty fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Salon at Lincoln Center on February 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Whoopi Goldberg speaks onstage at the 2015 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Whoopi Goldberg arrives at 55th Annual CLIO Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on October 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality/actress Whoopi Goldberg speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Actress and director Whoopi Goldberg speaks during 'I Got Somethin' To Tell You' screening and Q+A with Director Whoopi Goldberg exclusively for American Express cardmembers at SVA Theatre 1 on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for American Express)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Whoopi Goldberg attends the Tribeca Film Festival 2013 portrait studio on April 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Additionally, Walters was on the show for 17 years before her retirement, and so while she is not part of the cast any longer, she still has the distinction of being a longer-running cast member than Goldberg.

Recently, ratings for the show have been higher as they have shifted their focus to more political discussions in addressing the news and scandals that have plagued the Donald Trump administration as well as his campaign.

This latest season had the highest ratings the show has seen in three years, with political guest stars like Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

The new season of The View airs in September.

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THE VIEW - Naomi Campbell visits 'THE VIEW,' 3/30/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHELLE COLLINS, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, NAOMI CAMPBELL, RAVEN-SYMONE´, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - The cast of 'Fuller House' visits 'THE VIEW,' 2/26/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHELLE COLLINS
THE VIEW - 'The View's' Karaoke Contest airs today, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The co-hosts sing their favorite hits with surprise guest, Jennifer Holliday while L.A. Reid and Boy George judge. 'THE VIEW' airs 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHELLE COLLINS, BOY GEORGE, L.A. REID
THE VIEW - Jimmy Kimmel (ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!') is the guest on 'The View,' Monday, May 16, 2016 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHELLE COLLINS, JOY BEHAR, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JIMMY KIMMEL, PAULA FARIS, SUNNY HOSTIN
THE VIEW - Martina McBride is the guest on 'THE VIEW,' 5/27/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MICHELLE COLLINS, JOY BEHAR, RAVEN-SYMONE, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau visits 'THE VIEW,' 4/25/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, JOY BEHAR, PADMA LAKSHMI, MICHELLE COLLINS, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau visits 'THE VIEW,' 4/25/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, PAULA FARIS, MICHELLE COLLINS
THE VIEW - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau visits 'THE VIEW,' 4/25/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) PADMA LAKSHMI, MICHELLE COLLINS, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Guests include John Cena; Joey Lawrence; Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin (ABC's 'Black-ish') airing Wednesday, April 13, 2016 on ABC's 'The View.' 'THE VIEW' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MICHELLE COLLINS
THE VIEW - 'The View's' Karaoke Contest airs today, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The co-hosts sing their favorite hits with surprise guest, Jennifer Holliday while L.A. Reid and Boy George judge. 'THE VIEW' airs 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHELLE COLLINS, VANILLA ICE
THE VIEW - The cast of 'Shark Tank' appears on 'THE VIEW,' (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing Tuesday, 4/12/16 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MICHELLE COLLINS, ROBERT HERJAVEC, CONTESTANTS
THE VIEW - Guests include David Hasselhoff and Contributor Stacy London on today's episode of 'THE VIEW,' 3/28/16. 'The View' airs 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, RAVEN-SYMONE´, MICHELLE COLLINS
THE VIEW - The cast of 'Shark Tank' appears on 'THE VIEW,' (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing Tuesday, 4/12/16 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) ROBERT HERJAVEC, MICHELLE COLLINS, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, BARBARA CORCORAN, MARK CUBAN, JOY BEHAR, LORI GREINER, PAULA FARIS, KEVIN O'LEARY
THE VIEW - Guests include John Cena; Joey Lawrence; Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin (ABC's 'Black-ish') airing Wednesday, April 13, 2016 on ABC's 'The View.' 'THE VIEW' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MICHELLE COLLINS, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, JOEY LAWRENCE
THE VIEW - John Stamos and Naughty by Nature visit 'THE VIEW,' 3/4/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, MICHELLE COLLINS, SARA HAINES, JOHN STAMOS, RAVEN-SYMONE´, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Killer Mike, Lori Loughlin and Eva Longoria visit 'THE VIEW,' 2/19/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, MICHELLE COLLINS, EVA LONGORIA, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, SUNNY HOSTIN, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Killer Mike, Lori Loughlin and Eva Longoria visit 'THE VIEW,' 2/19/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MICHELLE COLLINS, KILLER MIKE
THE VIEW - Barney Frank, former Democratic representative from Massachusetts, is a guest on 'THE VIEW,' 10/23/15 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - The legendary Tony Bennett performs on 'THE VIEW,' 10/23/15 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Coverage of 'THE VIEW,' 10/23/15 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Michael Douglas ('Ant-Man') and Abigail Spencer ('Rectify'; 'True Detective'); senior dogs for adoption with Jill Rappaport airing Friday, July 16, 2015. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, NICOLLE WALLACE, MICHAEL DOUGLAS, MICHELLE COLLINS, ROSIE PEREZ, RAVEN-SYMONEA
THE VIEW - Comedian/writer Michelle Collins was officially named the 15th co-host in the history of 'The View' live this morning, Monday, July 13, 2015. The show welcomed Collins who'll officially start in September when 'The View' returns for Season 19. Collins will make regular appearances until the show breaks for hiatus in August. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Comedian/writer Michelle Collins was officially named the 15th co-host in the history of 'The View' live this morning, Monday, July 13, 2015. The show welcomed Collins who'll officially start in September when 'The View' returns for Season 19. Collins will make regular appearances until the show breaks for hiatus in August. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Comedian/writer Michelle Collins was officially named the 15th co-host in the history of 'The View' live this morning, Monday, July 13, 2015. The show welcomed Collins who'll officially start in September when 'The View' returns for Season 19. Collins will make regular appearances until the show breaks for hiatus in August. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Michael Douglas ('Ant-Man') and Abigail Spencer ('Rectify'; 'True Detective'); senior dogs for adoption with Jill Rappaport airing Friday, July 16, 2015. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) RAVEN-SYMONEA, ABIGAIL SPENCER, MICHELLE COLLINS, NICOLLE WALLACE
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