Prince Makes A Surprise Appearance On 'The View'

The idea of a pop star dropping in on an episode of "The View" isn't necessarily strange. After all, it is one of the most-watched talk shows on television and often features appearances from some of the biggest names in entertainment. But on Thursday morning's (December 9) episode, the hosts of the show got a visit from one of the biggest (and most elusive) names in music. They were discussing one of Joy Behar's fashion emergencies when all of a sudden Prince walked onto the set and took a seat at the table.

After enjoying an incredibly loud ovation from the studio audience, the Purple One sat down to chat about his upcoming "Welcome 2 America" concerts, which will put him at New York City's Madison Square Garden for two nights (Saturday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 29) with an array of special guests (including Janelle Monae and Cassandra Wilson). He handed out tickets to the hosts and cooperated with Sherri Shepherd when she asked him to say, "Sherri, I love you."

Barbara Walters tried to get Prince to comment on the fact that Justin Bieber said that he wanted to have a Prince-like career (in the sense that he has had great longevity, probably not in the sense that he fought with his record label for years), though he didn't really bite. He did promise that the "Welcome 2 America" shows would be top-shelf entertainment. "I've got a band that plays like a jackhammer," he boasted. "You gotta check it out."

The elusive Prince doesn't come out in public very often and rarely does press, but it was refreshing (and extremely disarming) to see him in that context. These "Welcome 2 America" shows must mean an awful lot to him if he's going to these lengths, which is why they will undoubtedly be the can't-miss events of the end of the year.

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