UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “Seven in the Bible is the number of God’s completion. And I’ve been here seven years and my time at The View is complete,” Sherri Shepherd said modestly at the top of The View broadcast this morning — the show’s first original episode since Shepherd announced she was leaving, and Jenny McCarthy said “Me too!” — or words to that effect. She continued to hang on to Shepherd’s storyline this morning — literally — at one point clutching Shepherd’s hands and appearing to think Shepherd was referring to her as her mentor, putting Shepherd in the awkward position of having to clarify that she was addressing co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
“I’ve been blessed to interview Barack Obama; Bill Clinton is a a big fan of mine –h e loved that I played a hooker in One for the Money,” Shepherd tearily told viewers. Possibly hinting at where she’s landing next, Shepherd continued, “I get the chance to call Oprah Winfrey a friend, and that’s a long way from being a legal secretary who wanted to tell jokes.”
The Giant Neon Pink Gorilla — the show’s sole surviving co-host Goldberg called it, was addressed at the beginning of the show. McCarthy jumped in with word that the reports of the two exits was rumor only and not true. Roars from the studio audience. “Actually, it’s true – but I love the support!” McCarthy simpered, then added, “After much consideration, … Read More »
Hot Topics was wildly off-point this morning on The View which, after last night’s drama is now down to a single surviving co-host: Whoopi Goldberg.
Today’s show was taped Wednesday – one day before Sherri Shepherd told Deadline she was leaving as co-host, after which Jenny McCarthy announced she was walking in solidarity with Shepherd, though sources say the show did not plan to bring her back next season.
Barbara Walters, The View co-exec producer, made her first “guest” appearance on the program since stepping down as a regular, but instead of talking about yesterday’s decimation of show’s cast, she plugged her interview with the father of mass shooter Elliot Rodger, airing tonight on 20/20. Read More »
A rep for Sherri Shepherd sent us this statement this afternoon:
“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”
Shepherd’s contract was coming up, and the two sides were talking. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, ABC and Shepherd’s camp were “too far apart” on terms of a new deal.
Looks like Jenny McCarthy‘s gone too:
In April, not long before she stepped down as the show’s on-air Den Mom, Barbara Walters — who remains exec producer — said in various interviews that Shepherd “definitely” was coming back next season, as were McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg.
ABC declined to comment.
The View has seen its share of co-host changes. Last month, the day before Walters bow out, all 11 The View past and present co-hosts assembled to say so-long, including some who’d left under less than happy circumstances – including Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell.
Here’s the thing about a TV show in the news issuing a statement to the press, of the “absolutely no truth to this story” sort, in response to some hot piece of gossip making the rounds. If it’s not on the level, you can use it once. The View used it twice.
In round numbers, it was the gist of The View exec producer/den mother Barbara Walters‘ response when she was trying to throw the press off the story that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was on her way out. It also got fluffed up and used again when word first got out that Walters was retiring. As it turned out, Hasselbeck was, and Walters is. So you can imagine the press’ response this week when, same day stats for Hasselbeck’s first month at her new show, Fox & Friends came out – up 22% in news demo compared to third quarter – they began picking up a report in celeb gossip site Radar that The View newcomer Jenny McCarthy may not be testing so well with viewers.
“There is absolutely no truth to this story,” The View rep said in a statement.
In her first full month co-hosting Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck averaged 1,226,000 viewers, with 289,000 of them in the 25-54 news demo. That’s up 16% in total viewers and 22% in the demo compared to third-quarter 2013. Last week was Fox & Friends’ highest-rated demo this year, excluding broadcasts in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.
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Same morning Hasselbeck’s stats are being reported, lots of press picking up report in celeb gossip site Radar that Jenny McCarthy, who took a chair at ABC’s daytime talker The View when Hasselbeck exited, may not be testing so well with that show’s audience. Good to be Elisabeth Hasselbeck this morning.
The View has added Jenny McCarthy to its panel, the ABC show announced days after its longtime co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck bowed out and show den mother Barbara Walters told viewers “We will not be filling [the position] very soon.” Walters had also denied for months that Hasselbeck was being pushed off the show, so she’s batting 1000 on the credibilty front. Anyway, after 17 appearances on the show — eight as a guest co-host — McCarthy’s long-speculated hire was made official this morning. The comedian, actress, author, and VH1 show host officially starts her new gig September 9 for the kickoff to Season 17 of the daily chat show.
The announcement will not be treated as good news in certain circles: Some members of the medical profession have expressed their dismay, via social media, owing to her aggressive anti-vaccination campaign. The View competitors, on the other hand, may be dancing the happy dance. Some execs in the TV industry outside ABC had expressed surprise McCarthy was being considered, saying past focus group testing on McCarthy had indicated female viewers — The View‘s bread and butter — don’t particularly like her. (On the other hand, focus group testing on NBC’s comedy series Animal Practice had been through the roof and we all know how that turned out.) “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor,” Walters insisted stoutly in Monday’s announcement. “She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter.” Read More »