The official podcast from ABC News, produced in partnership with ABC Audio, initially launched in August 2021 and ran for 10 episodes before ending in November that year. Following the break, the series is returning today with a pre-launch episode featuring host of the show and executive producer Brian Teta interviewing political commentator and The View co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, talking about her experience with joining the TV show as a co-host for the first time last year.
Daily episodes of Behind The Table will kick off from Tuesday this week, following the launch of The View season 27 on ABC. Throughout the season, the rest of the co-hosts - including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro and Griffin - will take turns appearing on the podcast.
Each episode, they will discuss the latest “hot topics” and give their reactions about what happened on the show and behind the scenes during recordings, as well as react to viral interviews, answer questions from listeners, interview other guests and members of The View crew, and occasionally give extended chats that follow on from the main show.
Behind The Table follows a trend of official companion and TV rewatch podcasts being made by companies to attract new listeners and continue building a relationship with their existing audience. This includes shows like Office Ladies, Love Island: The Morning After, and others.
The View is continuing to film during the ongoing Hollywood strikes; Goldberg previously stated that the show is allowed to go on as the hosts are not actors and the show is under a different contract called the Network Code. A number of other TV talk shows have, however, paused productions due to the strike.
Recently, a group of late night TV show hosts who have paused TV show productions during the strikes - including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver - have united to release a new podcast with Spotify titled Strike Force Five, in which they discuss the stoppage and its impacts. All proceeds of the show go to their respective members of staff who are out of work during the strikes.