ABC's The View may be going for a new look in the wake of Barbara Walters' retirement. Sherri Shepherd is leaving the chat show, with more departures possibly coming soon...
Barbara Walters started smashing the TV-news glass ceiling in 1961 when she became the first female correspondent on Today. During the following five decades, the Massachusetts native was also the first woman to cohost a morning news show (Today in 1974), to coanchor a nightly news program (ABC Evening News in 1976), and then, for 25 years, to cohost the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. She became known as the Queen of Scoop as she wrangled major stars and world leaders for her trademark in-depth interviews and produced and hosted annual Oscar specials and The 10 Most Fascinating People. Finally, Walters conquered daytime 17 years ago with The View, the all-female talk show that dares to spotlight politics as well as makeup, cooking and gossip...
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has officially said her farewell to The View.
On Wednesday morning, Hasselbeck — who walked on stage arm-and-arm with Barbara Walters — confirmed it was her final day on the ABC daytime program and that she'd be joining the couch on Fox and Friends in September.
Apparently, we had nothing to worry about. There was a collective sigh of relief in the daytime TV community last month when it was announced that the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards would air Saturday, June 23 on cable channel HLN (8/7c). Up until then, it was widely believed the awards — which no network wanted — would go untelevised or end up on the Internet. But Malachy Wienges, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, tells TV Guide Magazine that he "always had two backup plans in place — including one with Reelz — if the HLN [deal] didn't happen. We would never have let these awards leave television."
Ever wonder what The View would be like with a little testosterone on the panel? You may soon find out.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: "I actually support gay marriage"
View creators and executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie are developing a unisex spinoff of the women's daytime talk show that would include ...
Bill Geddie and Barbara Walters by Michael O'Neil/ABC
It may have been Whoopi Goldberg's first day as the new View moderator, but the show's powers-that-be, Barbara Walters and fellow executive producer Bill Geddie, were already thinking ahead this morning.Walters tells TV Guide that the long-vacant fifth seat will be filled "very soon," definitely before Elisabeth Hasselbeck's maternity leave starts in early November. Though they won't disclose the identity of their top choice, they did reveal that the new host will be a woman who has guest-hosted in the past. "It is someone you will know; we're not trying out any more," Geddie says. "Nobody need send me tapes. This is it, it's happening soon." So let's welcome Sherri
who knows?! Well keep you posted. Reporting by Ileane RudolphUPDATE: Barbara Walters subsequently announced on Wednesday's show that the new panelist still unnamed would start Monday, Sept. 10.
Whoopi Goldberg was all smiles backstage at The View, several moments after the not-so-surprise announcement that shes the ABC chat shows long-awaited new moderator. The comedian tells TV Guide she felt safe in the warm embrace of her new colleagues. Shes equally accepted by ex-Viewers. Goldberg revealed that the day before her formal announcement, Star Jones Reynolds, who left the show after a bit of nastiness, sent her flowers. Were friends, says Goldberg. She was really excited and she said, You should do this, this is you. Go for it. Though Goldberg hadnt yet heard from Rosie ODonnell, the new host said shes been reading ODonnells blog and the great stuff shes written about me. Whats better than that? Nobodys angry, nobodys nasty, nobodys unhappy.Now that Goldbergs filled the fourth seat, how about the fifth? View executive produc...