The View co-host panel for next season is finally complete! What’s surprising, is not how The View practically cleaned house of its co-hosts, but a familiar face that’s rejoining the team for the upcoming season.
Variety broke the news that none other than The View’s Joy Behar is set to return to the daytime hot topic talk show. Joining her is staunch Republican and Full House star Candace Cameron-Bure, actress Raven-Symone, comedian Michelle Collins, Paula Faris, and moderator Whoopi Goldberg.
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It’s believed that the show’s creator and executive producer Barbara Walters had a huge hand in Behar’s return. In a statement Walters said, “As ‘The View’ embarks on a remarkable 19th season, I am extremely proud to see the legacy of smart and diverse women engaging in entertaining and thought-provoking conversation continue.”
Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace were both let go from The View after one season on the show. Rumors spread about Perez’s fate on the show in January, and Glee star Naya Rivera was one of the names thrown in there to replace the star. Perez was up until then was juggling Broadway rehearsals and tapings of the show.
At the time, former co-host Rosie O’Donnell, a good friend of Perez’s, was caught off guard by the damaging news. O’Donnell made a comment about the rumors that Perez was going to leave The View, and then magically she returned to the show. Variety originally said that execs were scrambling after the news was made public, as they didn’t want an Ann Curry situation to happen.
Despite these reports, an ABC spokesperson said about the reports, “These unnamed sources are wrong. As was always the plan, the amazingly talented Rosie Perez took time off to rehearse for her Broadway play. We’re eagerly looking forward to having her back on February 3rd. Any speculation to the contrary is simply untrue.”
It was said that ABC execs didn’t think Perez was a good fit. Even though Perez hung on, it sounds like in the end the writing was on the wall, as she announced that she would be leaving the show when her contract was up in August. She addressed the mutual decision on an episode of The View back in July.
“I have decided to move on. Today is very bittersweet for me. I am excited for what is to come, but I’m so sad to leave. I want to thank you for your friendship, Nicolle, and your intelligence and your wit and your sunshine. Whoopi, thank you for everything: your guidance, your professionalism and most of all your friendship.”
She continued, “Just know that I do not have one regret for coming to this show. I would do it all over again. And it’s because of you, the fans.”
Around this time it was rumored that The View was looking to get rid of political pundit Nicolle Wallace. Rumors spread that Wallace wasn’t controversial enough for the show. It sounds like they were really hoping she would bring strong opinions and have an out war with liberals on the co-panel. The other side claimed that Wallace was Kardashian inept, and ABC wasn’t happy with her performance, due to her lack of pop culture knowledge.
ABC eventually announced they were firing Wallace, and the co-host found out from a report. At the time, she told Variety, that she had “no plans of quitting” and “loved the job.”
Wallace continued, “I think I thought that I would learn somewhere other than Variety that I’d been fired.” She said she was “surprised” to learn the news through the media. That said, when her exit was brought up on The View, her fellow co-hosts stood behind her as she rattled off Kardashian facts during the opening of an episode.
Soon after, Wallace was offered a contributing spot, but she declined the position. As far as who accepted the contributor positions, it’s said that Molly Sims, CNN’s Ana Navarro, Padma Lakshmi, and Stacy London are all on board for the upcoming 19th season.
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