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Sherri Shepherd Straps In For ‘Ride Along 2′ After Exit From ‘The View’

By | Monday July 28, 2014 @ 2:24pm PDT

Sherri Shepherd Straps In For ‘Ride Along 2′ After Exit From ‘The View’EXCLUSIVE: In her first new gig after leaving ABC’s The View, Sherri Shepherd is joining the cast of Universal’s Ride Along 2. The stand-up comic and actress has inked a role opposite Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the sequel to this year’s $153M hit comedy Ride Along, which returning helmer Tim Story (Think Like A Man) will direct. Ken Jeong and Olivia Munn also are set for the January 15, 2016, release produced by Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Will Packer, and Larry Brezner and exec producer Scott Bernstein.

Related: Universal Stakes Out Martin Luther King Holiday Jr. 2016 For ‘Ride Along 2′

In addition to her seven-year run on talk show The View, Shepherd recently had a recurring role on CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Her TV comedy credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, 30 Rock, Hot In Cleveland, and her own Lifetime sitcom Sherri. “I’ve been blessed to interview Barack Obama; Bill Clinton is a big fan of mine – he loved that I played a hooker in One For The Money,” Shepherd told The View watchers earlier this month. She bids farewell to the show tomorrow. Post-The View, Shepherd’s ramping up her presence in features: She’ll next be seen in Chris Rock’s upcoming Toronto Film Fest dramedy Top Five. She’s repped by ICM Partners and Darris Hatch Management.

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TCA: Meredith Vieira On ‘The View’: “You Can’t Go Back”

TCA: Meredith Vieira On ‘The View’: “You Can’t Go Back”Meredith Vieira, who came to TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014 to plug her new NBCUniversal daytime talk show debuting on September 8, got asked if, were she not launching her own daytime show, would she be interested in returning to ABC’s daytime talker The View. Vieira served as that show’s original moderator from its debut on August 11, 1997, until June 9, 2006.

“No,” Vieira responded firmly. “I knew after nine years it was time to leave The View; I have a pretty good sense of timing and I always like to get out before something bad happens.” Having since appeared on The View several times during which she said she was treated “lovingly,” she came to realize “you can’t go back.” Going back, she said, would have seemed “crazy aunt going back.”

That’ll be news to Rosie O’Donnell, who in fact is going back to the show she famously left after one short, acrimonious season.  ABC confirmed Rosie’s hire in a tweet, ending a mad media chase of this The View Is Out Of New Ideas story. Read More »

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Marvel Teams Up With ‘The View’ For “Thundering” Promo Synergy

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 1:22pm PDT

Marvel Teams Up With ‘The View’ For “Thundering” Promo SynergyAfter last week’s tumult on ABC‘s lady chat show The View, the network’s parent co. Disney is changing the conversation – to comic books. Disney-owned Marvel teased today that they’ll announce “an all-new thundering title” Tuesday morning on The View, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and the departing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Marvel-watchers are speculating that the “explosive” project could be a new Thor spin-off film or TV show, female-driven given The View‘s XX chromosome-laden audience – actress Jaimie Alexander crossed over from the big screen to Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. earlier this season on the ABC show – but a source tells Deadline it may not be a film or TV “title” at all. Tune in with the fanboys tomorrow at 8 AM PT/11 AM ET for the big reveal.

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It’s Official: Rosie O’Donnell Returning To ‘The View’

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

It’s Official: Rosie O’Donnell Returning To ‘The View’Rosie O’Donnell is officially confirmed to rejoin ABC’s daytime talker The View for Season 18. ABC confirmed this morning in a tweet:
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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘The View’ Rumor Mill, Emmy Nom Eve, World Cup Ratings (Video)

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT
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Morning Report, Thursday July 9

Rumors are heating up at 'The View', with speculation now that Rosie O'Donnell may be returning, we're just hours away from learning this year's Primetime Emmy nominees, the Brazil-Germany World Cup match was a big loss for Brazil and a huge ratings winner for German broadcaster ZDF. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Rosie O’Donnell Told Me She Produced ‘The View’ Reunion Show (Video)

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 7:59am PDT

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Rosie O’Donnell Told Me She Produced ‘The View’ Reunion Show (Video)With reports of Rosie O’Donnell‘s return to The View growing louder and more detailed, Fox News Channel this morning had vacationing Elisabeth Hasselbeck call in to say Rosie has not changed from her previous, short, unhappy time on the ABC talk show, and was calling the shots on the episodes leading up to Barbara Walters’ retirement as The View’s on-air Den Mom.

“Here in comes to The View the very woman who’s spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and, really spit in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there –  coming back with a bunch of control, ready to regain The View with a seat at that table, Hasselbeck said this morning on Fox & Friends.
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UPDATE: Sherri Shepherd Says The Bible Showed Her It Was Time To Exit ‘The View’, Thanks Producers, Cast — And Name-Drops Oprah (Video)

UPDATE: Sherri Shepherd Says The Bible Showed Her It Was Time To Exit ‘The View’, Thanks Producers, Cast — And Name-Drops Oprah (Video)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 lisademoraescolumn__140603223319surviving 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 »

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Friday’s Pre-Taped ‘The View’ Shows Cast In Happier Times – 24 Hours Before Two Announce Their Exits

Friday’s Pre-Taped ‘The View’ Shows Cast In Happier Times – 24 Hours Before Two Announce Their ExitsHot 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 »

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Sherri Shepherd Exiting ‘The View’ — Et Tu, Jenny McCarthy?

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 6:27pm PDT

Sherri Shepherd Exiting ‘The View’ — Et Tu, Jenny McCarthy?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.

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Barbara Walters Donates Papers To Alma Mater, Sarah Lawrence College

By | Monday May 26, 2014 @ 6:27pm PDT

Pioneering TV news anchor and BARBARA WALTERS CELEBRATIONpersonality Barbara Walters announced this weekend that she will donate her personal archives, including papers, photographs and other mementos of a storied career, to Sarah Lawrence College, the Westchester County liberal arts school that is her alma mater, according to the Journal News, Gannett’s paper in the New York suburb. Walters, who just retired from The View, made the announcement Friday at the school’s commencement exercises. In her speech, she recalled studying with the scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, who implored students to “follow your bliss.”  Upon graduating, she told the 455 students getting undergraduate and graduate degrees, “I had no idea what my bliss was. So if you are like me and you have no idea what your bliss is, get a job. I promise you that bliss will come.” According to the Journal News, Walters credited the school with making her unafraid to ask tough questions. She recounted asking Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB operative, if he’d ever killed anyone. ”He said, ‘No, that was not my department,’ ” Walters said. “So later, several people said, ‘Where did you get the nerve to ask a question like that?’ And I said, ‘It’s easy. I went to a college where I was not afraid to ask questions.’ And this is that college. That is my contribution to world peace.” Along, of course, with that question about the trees.

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Barbara Walters’ Final Week On ‘The View’ Posts Show’s Biggest Crowd In 3 Years

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 11:36am PDT

FRONT ROW, L-R: MEREDITH VIEIRA, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, SHERRI SHEPHERD, JENNY MCCARTHYBACK ROW, L-R: STAR JONES, DEBBIE MATENOPOULOS, JOY BEHAR, BARBARA WALTERS, LISA LING, ELISABETH HASSELBECK, ROSIE O'DONNELLA three-year high of 4.1 million viewers watched Barbara Walters‘ final on-air week on The View. Among woman 18-49, Babs so-long week — including a Thursday reunion of all of the show’s co-hosts, and Friday’s parade of female news and infotainment TV talent who credited Walters with opening the door — earned a 1 1/2-year high (648,000 viewers). The week’s female crowd skewed older, with an average of 830,000 women 25-54 tuned in across the week but 204,000 women 18-34; both were 1-year highs.

Those weekly stats represent a 41% year-to-year increase in total viewers (4.1 million vs. 2.9 million), a 38% spike in women 18-49 (648,000 vs. 471,000) and a 27% hike in women 25-54 (830,000 vs. 653,000).

Friday’s farewell to Walters – her 3,811th The View telecast – qualified as the series’ No. 4-ranked broadcast in its 17-year history in total viewers (5.2 million) and generated its best ratings in more than 18 months in women 18-49 (818,000/1.3 rating) and women 25-54 (1.0 million/1.6 rating).

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More Than 5 Million Tune In To Barbara Walters’ Final Day On ‘The View’

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 3:07pm PDT

BARBARA WALTERS CELEBRATIONAn average of 5.2 million people tuned in to say so long to Barbara Walters on Friday’s The View. It’s not the show’s most-watched episode ever – that would be the 6.6 million who tuned in July 29, 2010 for President Obama’s first visit to the daytime gabber. It’s also not the second-most-watched episode in the show’s 17-year history – that being the 6.2 million who watched the Day of Hot Topics after the presidential election on November 5, 2008. Babs’ swan-song also sits behind the Day of Hot Topics after the East Coast 2009 snowpocalypse, which clocked 5.233 million viewers. Babs’ goodbye  –  which featured a parade of female news and infotainment talent who’ve followed in Babs’ footsteps including Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Savannah Guthrie, Connie Chung, etc. — goes into the books as the No. 4-rated episode in the franchise’s history. (One day earlier, the return of all 11 of the show’s co-hosts to bid Babs adieu logged an average of 4.2 million people.)

Related: Highlights From Barbara Walters’ Last Day On ‘The View’: Video

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Highlights From Barbara Walters’ Last Day As On-Air Den Mom On ‘The View’: Video

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 10:22am PDT

Barbara WaltersBARBARA WALTERS, HILLARY CLINTON, ROSIE O'DONNELL (IN AUDIENCE)‘ last day as on-air Den Mother of The View was, yes, a tribute –  and yet, Babs ran the show: Among the highlights:

– Babs corrects Sherri Shepherd when Shepherd calls surprise guest Hillary Clinton by her first name, saying “I don’t call her by her first name.”

– Babs tells Clinton: “As long as you’re here, let me ask you a question: Are you going to run?
Hillary responds lamely, “I am running – around the park.”

TheView_logo– Babs tells Hillary Clinton she wants her to take her place on The View but adds, “I think she may have another job…I know there are a lot of people who hope.”

– Cheri Oteri as Barbara Walters interviews Barbara Walters;  they engage in competitive name — and “R” — dropping. Oteri Walters says that now that she’s retired, she’d like to get a Costco card and visit Magic Mountain.

– Babs says she has no idea who is coming out after the break in this chock-full-of-surprises edition of the show, then calmly introduces Michael Douglas who, she says, she wanted on the show. Read More »

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All 11 ‘The View’ Co-Hosts Assemble To Say So Long To Barbara Walters: Video

All 11 co-hostsFRONT ROW, L-R: MEREDITH VIEIRA, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, SHERRI SHEPHERD, JENNY MCCARTHY BACK ROW, L-R: STAR JONES, DEBBIE MATENOPOULOS, JOY BEHAR, BARBARA WALTERS, LISA LING, ELISABETH HASSELBECK, ROSIE O'DONNELL of The View turned up today to send off Barbara Walters — it’s her final week on-camera on the show. Joy Behar, Rosie O’Donnell, Meredith Vieira, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Lisa Ling, etc. Walters said she loved them all — a lot — across the broadcast, Hasselbeck insisted she is Babs’ fave, Babs got wrong the names of several co-hosts’ children before declaring “What does it matter?” and a good time was had by all: Read More »

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‘The View’ To Unite All Former And Current Co-Hosts For Barbara Walters’ On-Air Retirement

Daytime talker The ViewDON LEMON, BARBARA WALTERS, SCOTT FOLEY, SHERRI SHEPHERD, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JENNY MCCARTHY will reunite all 11 of its co-hosts on Thursday, May 15 which is Barbara Walters‘ second-to-last day on the program. Walters, the show’s creator and EP, is ending her on-air run on the show May 16. (Babs will continue to be EP of The View along with executive producer Bill Geddie, her producing partner of more than 25 years.)

Pulling this off is no small feat, given the less-than-happy circumstances under which some of the co-hosts have left over the years. In addition to journalist Meredith Vieira, the list of returning co-hosts who will appear that Thursday includes lawyer Star Jones, comedian Joy Behar, television personality Debbie Matenopoulos, journalist Lisa Ling, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, and Fox News Channel host Elisabeth Hasselbeck — joining current co-hosts  Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Walters. Walters, for instance, recently acknowledged Hasselbeck and Behar were pushed out, but insinuated it was done by ABC, in an effort to shake things up on the show. “These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters told Variety. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.” Read More »

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UPDATE: Barbara Walters Announces Her Exit Date On ‘The View’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 8:30am PDT

Barbara WaltersUPDATED, 8:30 AM: Barbara Walters got a standing ovation on The View this morning as she announced she will make her final regular appearance on the show Friday, May 16. ”Many of you have had to put up with me since your childhood — and, you’re not free of me yet, because I am not leaving television entirely,” Walters warned. “I will continue  in my role as exec producer of The View…which means I can continue to watch [exec producer] Bill Geddie, with whom I have worked for more than 25 years, get older and balder… as I get blonder.” Read More »

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Joe Biden To Sit Down With Ladies Of ‘The View’ Morning After Launching Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 9:25am PST

TPresident Obama And First Lady Welcome French President  Hollande To The White Househe morning after he helps Seth Meyers re-launch NBC’s Late Night, VPOTUS Joe Biden will visit ABC’s The View to discuss the Affordable Care Act and “the importance of signing up for health insurance through the marketplace before the March 31 deadline,” ABC said this morning. Biden will sit down with hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny BidenTheViewMcCarthy as part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” thread in which they interview political guests. Biden’s a fave of The View, having made three previous visits to the daytime talk show; he made history on April 22, 2010, when he became its first sitting Vice President to sit on the couch. He took the occasion to apologize for his hot-mike F-bomb during the heath care act’s signing ceremony. “I was just thankful my mother couldn’t hear it or see it, and it was a little embarrassing,” he said on the show. “I realized there was a microphone but I had no idea it was that sensitive.” Read More »

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Rosie O’Donnell Returns To ‘The View’, Disagrees “Tenaciously” With Barbara Walters Over Woody Allen Accusations: Video

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 10:49am PST

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Rosie O’Donnell returned to The View today for the first timeViewRosie since her headline-grabbing bow-out in 20007. Outgoing Den Mom Barbara Walters explained at the top of the show that they decided it was the perfect time to have Rosie back: “Valentine’s time, heart — everything — to catch up.” Today also is designated as Nation Wear Red Day — it’s a plug for women’s health issues, heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., according to a study. The Ladies of The View are wearing red. Rosie had a major heart attack a couple years ago. Match made in heaven.

“It’s good to have you back on the couch,” Babs says as Rosie comes out onstage. “If feels kinda weird – but good weird,” Rosie says.  “I have a red bra on for heart week” she adds. She shows us the bra. “You have your own heart trouble, Babs says, getting down to business. Rosie: “I certainly did – I had a major heart attack.”

They talk about that. They talk about Rosie’s wife’s cancer. They talk about Rosie’s youngest child, and her oldest. “I have known you for a long time, and there are things we disagree on,” Walters says. “One thing I never disagreed: You’ve been a wonderful mother.”

Babs invites Rosie to do the Hot Topics segment with them. “Don’t worry, I’ll be good,” Rosie whispers to Babs as they go to commercial. “I’m not worried,” Babs whispers back. ”Is Hasselbeck here? Just checking!” Rosie snarks as Hot Topics gets underway. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie frequently got into verbal brawls on The View, during Hot Topics. We miss that. Hasselbeck’s gone from the show too; she’s now a host on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends.

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Rosie O’Donnell Returns To ‘The View’

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 7:22am PST
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Rosie O'Donnell Barbara WaltersSweeps tend to bring together the strangest bedfellows in pursuit of ratings. On February 7, The View will welcome back former co-host Rosie O’Donnell six years after her nuclear exit from the show amidst a reported feud with View co-host/executive producer Barbara Walters. Now the two will reunite in Walters’ final season on the show. Said Walters: “I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history.” O’Donnell is part of the Disney-ABC family, recurring on ABC Family drama The Fosters.

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