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 … Read More »
The View is heading to the Magical Kingdom for the November sweep, in hopes of widening its lead over CBS’ The Talk. Mickey Mouse himself made the announcement this morning on The View which is a program of Disney-owned ABC. It’s the first time The View has had to go to Disneyland – the place ABC shows go to goose their ratings. The daytime talker will broadcast live from Disneyland to coincide with Mickey Mouse’s 85th birthday on November 18. ABC’s late night star Jimmy Kimmel, who’s been getting lots of attention these days as he ratchets up to take on new Tonight show competition this season, with fake YouTube Failed-Twerk videos, verbal brawls/hug-it-outs with Kanye West, etc , will be the lead guest of The Ladies of The View for that Disneyland week, appearing on Mickey’s birthday. Read More »
Elisabeth Hasselbeck wasted no time in her debut on Fox & Friends early Monday morning. After handing the guys new coffee mugs, and speed-marveling at the new set, she sat down on the new curvy couch, dismissed her time on The View with a couple nice comments (Barbara Walters is like “the best surgeon”) — ditto Survivor and her college softball team — then jumped right in to a new report claiming Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi investigation let top officials off the hook. Barely pausing for breath, she and the guys began to debate the shocking disparity between the questions asked of the two Miss America finalists the previous night. One finalist got asked about the Obama administration’s threats to attack Syria over the use of chemical weapons — the other about Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs and nude music video. “In defense…in our home, twerking is a weapon of mass destruction,” Hasselbeck said. “I see nothing wrong.”
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Hasselbeck, in a chic sleeveless lavender dress, joined Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, in the position formerly held by Gretchen Carlson, who moved out Friday and will helm a one-hour daytime show on the cable news network. Carlson got sheet-caked on her final day on the show she started on in 2006 — one year after joining FNC. Ironically, Carlson did not get to weigh in on Monday’s segment about Miss America question disparity — she’d exited the show on the 25th anniversary of her having been crowned Miss America. In July, Fox News announced Hasselbeck would leave ABC’s The View and join F&F this month.
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A Barbara Walters denial — the next best thing to confirmation when reporting about The View? Having stated she was not retiring — not so long before announcing she was — and having emphatically denied a report Elisabeth Hasselbeck was leaving the show — Hasselbeck did — Walters has a slight credibility problem these days. Take this morning’s report that Katie Couric is mulling whether to replace Walters when she gives up her on-air chair on The View. Deadline reported Walters was retiring in May, just before ABC and Walters made the announcement; Walters had scoffed at earlier reports. Couric, who’s already made the move from evening news to daytime talk and is under contract at ABC parent Disney, could slip into the “serious journalist” role on The View and land in an environment more like that of Today, where she enjoyed ratings success, than her current program, which has slipped in the ratings. Disney is in second year of two-year contracts with stations to air Couric’s syndicated daytime talk show — though Katie airs on ABC O&Os in many major markets. Read More »
Elisabeth Hasselbeck will debut as co-host of Fox & Friends on Monday, September 16, Fox News Channel announced this morning. At 6 AM ET that morning, she will join current co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the top-rated cable morning show in a redesigned set that also will be unveiled that morning, the cable news net added. Last month, Hasselbeck ended a decade at the sole conservative voice on ABC’s gabfest The View; she has been replaced by Jenny McCarthy who has yet to debut on that show. On F&F, Hasselbeck’s predecessor Gretchen Carlson, who will helm a one-hour daytime show on the cable news network. Hasselbeck, who previously served as a co-host on The View, will interview key newsmakers, celebrities and politicians on a brand new F&F curvy couch alongside veteran co-hosts Doocy and Kilmeade, both of whom have been with the program since it debuted in 1998.
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck was notably missing as the last of Barbara Walters’ original Ladies of The View bid the show adieu today in a mostly-older-star-strewn, pre-recorded episode. Joy Behar was feted for her more than 16 seasons on the daytime gab-fest that’s undergoing major re-casting as it competes with a slew of copycats. Among those putting in appearances, in person or via recorded message on the episode: Mario Cantone, Joan Rivers, Nathan Lane, Jane Lynch, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Toni Bennett (who performed his standard, The Good Life), and Regis Philbin, who as Babs told it, took her to hear Behar’s nightclub act, which led to Behar’s hire. “For years she has been proving how right I was” for the decision…I discovered Joy Behar!” Babs said — Of course she did! Read More »
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 »
UPDATED, 9:55 AM: Fox News Channel‘s morning show got a big fat plug on ABC this morning when outgoing The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was allowed to announce specifics of her future plans at the top of the show. “I’m really happy and excited to confirm I will be joining the Fox & Friends team in September and I would first like to thank Mr. [Roger] Ailes, Bill Shine, and the entire Fox [News] Channel for this incredible opportunity,” Hasselbeck gushed at the top of this morning’s show, eschewing the “pursue other opportunities” shilly-shallying that usually occurs when on-air talent switches teams. The View creator/exec producer/den mother Barbara Walters even pitched in to help, telling Hasselbeck to tell Ailes she can come back to visit whenever she wants.
“I’m happy you’re going,” Walters told Hasselbeck at the start of the latter’s last day on the show this morning. “No, I’m NOT! I’m happy it’s good for you,” Walters continued, struggling to get back on script. Hasselbeck, who’d walked out onstage arm-in-arm with Babs as the studio audience gave her a standing ovation, began to praise the show’s liberals with whom she’d clashed over the years. She called Whoopi Goldberg “the most talented artist on the planet.” As for her Tormentor in Chief, Joy Behar, Hasselbeck insisted she has “an insane amount of respect” for the comic-turned-TV commentator, who is also leaving the show. Moving on, Hasselbeck named Sherri Shepard “my sister in Christ” before turning to Babs and saying how well prepared she feels to join Fox & Friends in the fall because, for the past decade on The View, “I’ve attended the Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting and Journalism.”
The previous afternoon Hasselbeck announced she was ending her decade as the lone conservative voice on The View and moving to FNC’s morning show in September. She’ll join Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade and take the place of Gretchen Carlson, who will helm an as-yet-unnamed one-hour daytime show on the cable news network. Read More »
After 10 years, the longtime co-host of Barbara Walters’ The View is departing and making the leap to cable morning show Fox & Friends. Elisabeth Hasselbeck will make her first appearance as co-host with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Channel’s top-rated morning show in September, and her last day on The View is tomorrow. She will take over from current co-host Gretchen Carlson, who will anchor an as-yet-unnamed one-hour show in the news network’s daytime lineup. “Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View“, said FNC chief Roger Ailes in a statement. “She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise”.
The move for the conservative-leaning Hasselbeck comes four months after Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported that the former Survivor contestant was wrapping her run on The View at the end of this current season. Fellow co-host Joy Behar is also leaving, as is Walters herself next year. “We have had 10 wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming in new waters”, Walters said today. “We will miss her and wish her everything good”. Read More »
UPDATED: This is one our Nellie Andreeva told you was going to happen back in March. It became official this morning on The View, the show Barbara Walters co-created. “In the summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television … Read More »
I’ve learned that Barbara Walters will announce her retirement on The View tomorrow. As we first reported in March, the TV icon this spring made the decision to get off the air after 52 years, and had been mulling the timing of her announcement. It will come tomorrow, in the middle of May sweeps. Walter is expected to leave her duties as The View co-host and ABC News contributor in summer 2014 but will keep some behind-the-camera presence, including serving as executive producer of The View, which she co-created. But before she hangs up her microphone, Walters will host one more 10 Most Fascinating People special and another Oscar special, among other appearances on ABC and her hosting duties on The View. Walters will be given a big sendoff on the network culminating with a retrospective special, likely next May. Read More »
UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: After years of speculation, I hear Barbara Walters may be finally ready to hand up her microphone. I’ve learned a plan has been put in place for Walters to announce her retirement, eyed for May 2014. Fitting for Walters’ status as the grand dame of TV journalism and a signature face of ABC News, I hear she would be given a big sendoff with retrospectives and other special content in the weeks leading to her retirement that would celebrate her 52-year broadcast career. Walters had been determined to leave on her own terms, so it is unclear whether revealing the plans would make her change her mind and whether she would go for a full retirement or keep some TV presence with occasional appearances and specials.
Walters has been a trailblazer for female TV journalists, becoming the first woman to co-host a news program when she got behind the Today desk in 1974 and the first co-anchor of a network evening news broadcast when she joined ABC Evening News in 1976. She also anchored ABC News’ primetime newsmagazine 20/20 for 20 years. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The View co-host Sherri Shepherd has signed with ICM Partners. She was with CAA. It is a timely signing, with the cast of the ABC daytime talk show very much in the spotlight at the moment following Joy Behar’s announcement that she is departing at the end of the season and amid persistent rumors that Elisabeth Hasselbeck may leave too. Read More »
The ladies of The View made quite a few headlines last week, with Joy Behar announcing her decision to leave the daytime talk show after almost 17 years, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck raising a storm of speculation that she will be out too. The View‘s co-creator/executive producer/matriarch Barbara Walters addressed the later at the top of the show today. “There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s alleged departure, saying we don’t approve of her conservative views,” Walters said. “The truth is, we love Elisabeth… We value and appreciate her point of view. She helps give this show perspective and balance… So we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show.” But Walters didn’t shut the door on the rumors completely, saying she and exec producer Bill Geddie won’t stop any of the co-stars who “make the choice to leave.” Hasselbeck had been on the chopping block for the past couple of weeks, with ABC reportedly even considering potential replacements. Read More »
The expected revamp on The View is happening — the rumored ouster of co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck appears to be a done deal. She would join veteran co-host Joy Behar who announced she was leaving the … Read More »
UPDATE 4:15 PM: ABC just released to Deadline a statement about Joy Behar’s exit from The View. “Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”
EXCLUSIVE 3:25 PM: After 16 and a half years on The View, Joy Behar is departing ABC’s long-running daytime talk show. I hear Behar’s contract is up in August and she has informed the network that she will not renew it as she is looking to move on to other things, including hosting a new interview show. Behar is the last original cast member of The View besides co-creator/executive producer Barbara Walters who is still on the panel. The two started off alternating as the fourth co-host before Behar was named a full-time co-host. In a phone interview, Behar said she felt 16.5 years on The View were enough. “It seemed like the right time,” she said. “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.” And following stints hosting her own shows on HLN and now Current TV, which will end with the network’s takeover by Al Jazeera, Behar is ready to do it again. “I do like talk shows, I’m interested in talking to people,” she said. “I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breath.” Will that show be on CNN following reports of Behar meeting with new CNN topper Jeff Zucker? Behar would not elaborate beyond saying that she indeed had “a positive meeting” with Zucker and that “CNN would be great place” for her next show.
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Barbara Walters has been away from her anchor chair on The View since January 22, when she fainted and suffered a concussion the weekend before while on assignment for ABC News at the Presidential Inauguration. She was … Read More »