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 July 22, 2023

'The View' co-creator Bill Geddie passes away at the age of 68

Bill Geddie, one of the co-creators of ABC's The View, has died at the age of 68. 

Alison Geddie, Bill Geddie's daughter, revealed to People magazine that Geddie passed away on "Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, due to a 'coronary' issue."

Geddie is most well-known for creating The View along with Barbara Walters - who, incidentally, died in December at the age of 93.

Geddie served as The View's executive producer for 17 seasons. But, his collaboration with Walters went beyond The View. 

ABC News reports:

In addition to his role in creating the groundbreaking daytime talk show, Geddie partnered with Walters and her production company for over 25 years, serving as executive producer, writer, and director of the "The Barbara Walters Specials" and "The 10 Most Fascinating People." Geddie served as executive producer for ABC's "Tamron Hall" between 2019 and 2020 and was an Emmy-winning producer for "Good Morning America" early in his extensive career.

Geddie, in fact, was nominated for 13 daytime Emmys and he was awarded four. In addition to this, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards.

Current The View hosts - including Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin - have taken to social media to react to the news of Geddie's passing.

Joy Behar wrote:

We are saddened by the sudden death of Bill Geddie. As a producer, he kept us together and was very loyal to his staff. Bill loved comedy and plenty of laughs not to mention a good cigar. I’m forever grateful to him and Barbara for the opportunity to be on the View. RIP “VIEWMASTER."

Sunny Hostin wrote:

My friend & mentor Bill Geddie has transitioned at 68. Bill was the 1st person to believe that I could be a national talk show host. He told me after an audition for The View “you were sitting there watching the show instead of being on the show. Lean in like I know you can.

Geddie's family put out a statement of their own in which they provided more information about him.

The family wrote:

He was a big deal in TV, but at home he was an even bigger than life husband and dad. He had a genuine love for television and entertainment. He would try everything and did it well — screenwriting, recording podcasts, playing guitar, writing songs, and loved a wide range of music from country to jazz.

The family went on to say that Geddie "enjoyed connecting with people."

"His special style of humor was filled with puns," the family said. "He believed in honesty.  He was a kind man of integrity and always wanted to do the right thing.  He lived by example. The small things made him happy too."

Geddie is survived by his wife, Barbara, and two daughters.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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