In 1997, when the show debuted, Debbie Matenopoulous was just a college grad.

She was the youngest member of the panel and had no idea what she'd be getting into.

"That was life-altering and nothing I expected at that time,"

Matenopoulos revealed during an interview with The Good Men Project about being tapped for co-hosting duties. 

"I said, 'Are you out of your mind? Barbara Walters is going to want me to go work for her?! 

You must be crazy!'" And to Matenopoulos' credit -- perhaps they were.

Debbie Matenopoulos made television history in 1997 during the show's inaugural season as the youngest member of the panel and a fresh college grad to boot!

Matenopoulos revealed during an interview with The Good Men Project that she was tapped for the co-hosting gig.

 "I said, 'Are you out of your mind?' Barbara Walters is going to want me to go work for her?! You must be crazy!"

Matenopoulos said about the moment she was tapped for the co-hosting gig.

Joy Behar and Meredith Vieira for the show's inaugural season in 1997, revealed that she cried when she was fired from "The View" after just one year on television.