Tanika Ray Takes "The View" For A Spin

7/18/2006 1:40 PM PDT

Tanika Ray Takes "The View" For A Spin

"EXTRA" correspondent Tanika Ray took her turn this morning in Star Jones' old seat on "The View" as a guest co-host, and brought a serious jolt of energy to the table, provoking crackling wit and wackiness from Barbara, Joy, and Elisabeth--and even inspired Barbara to pull her hair before the end of the show.

As the foursome cruised their way through the day's "Hot Topics," Ray pulled no punches providing her view on Oprah and Gayle King, Christie Brinkley, Brad Pitt, and, well, breasts. She also helped welcome guests Randy Jackson and Cheyenne Kimball to the show.

And just before signing off, Walters asked Ray about her billowing mane of hair, and verified its integrity by pulling at it. Tanika assured the audience that it was all real -- and that it's a lot easier to deal with than it looks.

Tanika returns to "The View" for another go-round on the hot seat on Friday's show.