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WHOOPI GOLDBERG, NICOLLE WALLACE, ROSIE PEREZ, ROSIE O'DONNELL

Daytime’s “The View” revealed its latest makeover Monday, opening the post-Barbara Walters era with a new set, new boss, mostly new team and a promise to be provocative again.

Whoopi Goldberg is the only holdover on the daytime chatfest, which has faded in recent years as competitors sought to improve on its ensemble format. A slimmed-down Rosie O’Donnell returned for her second run, joined by actress Rosie Perez and former Republican political operative Nicolle Wallace.

“‘The View’ is the show that everyone has copied but we’re the original,” Goldberg said.

Backstage after the show, Goldberg said the hosts had been told the past few years to avoid political topics. That clearly wasn’t the case Monday, as the four cast members dove right into a discussion about domestic abuse and the National Football League, along with changing attitudes toward corporal punishment.

O’Donnell said that while she was able to look past abuse charges against Chris Brown and enjoy his work, she couldn’t do that with Woody Allen and no longer sees his movies.

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