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Ling Leaves 'Em Laughing

Lisa Ling's last day on The View today will be a celebration -- with some good-natured humor thrown into the mix.

Ling, who's leaving The View after three years to host National Geographic Explorer, will be paid tribute by her co-hosts -- Star Jones, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar and Barbara Walters.

The View crew and guest Mary Tyler Moore will fete Ling with a video retrospective of her tenure on the show, where she provided perspective for the under-30 set.

A show spokesman said there will be some "big surprises" in store for Ling. What we do know is that The View will feature a fashion segment of sorts -- contrasting Ling's current look on the show to what she might be wearing for her new gig (scuba-diving outfits, safari suits, etc.).

There will also be some live animals on stage -- a representation of the "audience" Ling will be playing in front of on her show, geared toward science and nature enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, actress Janeane Garofalo will be the first celebrity guest co-host on tomorrow's show (11 a.m.). She'll be followed next Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday by Whoopi Goldberg.

Walters said on the air that The View will not be conducting on-air auditions, as it did after Debbie Matenopolous left the show and was eventually replaced by Ling.

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