Welcome to the Sunny Side: Catching Up with “The View” Star Sunny Hostin

“The View” Co-Host Sunny Hostin gets personal about work, family, and living the good life in Westchester (complete with beehives and a chicken coop)

Photo by ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua

By Mia Weber

The first thing you notice about “The View’s” Sunny Hostin is that she really lives up to her name. When she and I met in her dressing room (complete with chic framed photos, a plush sofa, and an uber-organized makeup vanity) at the ABC studios near Columbus Circle, the temperatures were clocking in at a high of 14 degrees F and a low of 4 degrees F—and yet, she warmed the day right up with her bright smile and cheery demeanor.

To be fair, Hostin has plenty in her life to smile about right now. She lives the best of both city life (at work in Manhattan) and suburban life (at home in Westchester, where she loves to garden and tend to her bee hives and chicken coop). She’s killing it as part of the tight-knit “sorority” of diverse co-hosts on “The View” (alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, and Abby Huntsman) and as the Senior Legal Correspondent (for which she’s an Emmy-winner) for ABC News. She co-owns a restaurant in New Rochelle called Alvin & Friends that counts Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a regular. And, most importantly in her eyes, she’s enjoying a thriving relationship with her teenage son, Gabriel, and tween daughter, Paloma.

“My son is 16 and my daughter is 12…and I have loved every single stage of being a mom, and I feel like it gets better and better,” she gushes. “Everyone told me that it gets harder… But I just feel like it’s not that it gets harder, it just changes. It’s an important job, being a mom, and I’ve loved every single minute of it.”

Hostin, 50, also truly loves the work she does. A lawyer who long harbored dreams of being on television, Hostin came to “The View” via a career path paved first with a law degree and her natural gift for public speaking, and stints at Court TV, Fox News, and CNN.

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