Bill Geddie and  Barbara Walters by Michael O'Neil/ABC Bill Geddie and Barbara Walters by Michael O'Neil/ABC

It may have been Whoopi Goldberg's first day as the new View moderator, but the show's powers-that-be, Barbara Walters and fellow executive producer Bill Geddie, were already thinking ahead this morning.

Walters tells TV Guide that the long-vacant fifth seat will be filled "very soon," definitely before Elisabeth Hasselbeck's maternity leave starts in early November. Though they won't disclose the identity of their top choice, they did reveal that the new host will be a woman who has guest-hosted in the past. "It is someone you will know; we're not trying out any more," Geddie says. "Nobody need send me tapes. This is it, it's happening soon."

So let's welcome Sherri or Kathy or who knows?! We'll keep you posted. - Reporting by Ileane Rudolph

UPDATE: Barbara Walters subsequently announced on Wednesday's show that the new panelist - still unnamed - would start Monday, Sept. 10.