Gayle King by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage.com
Don't place your bets on a guy replacement when Barbara Walters and her colleagues on The View announce who will take the spots vacated by Rosie and - at long last - Star Jones Reynolds. Despite the presence of Joy Behar's buddy Mario Cantone in the mix, TV Guide hears that his guest-hosting is more of a fun stunt than a tryout. When the winners are revealed, probably between July 9 and Aug. 2, we predict the show stays ladies only. As Elisabeth Hasselbeck told TV Guide, "Women feel safe with women. It's just
comforting." Fans should keep their eyes on three candidates who have cohosted numerous times: Gayle King, who won raves for her Meredith Vieira-style moderating last week, Whoopi Goldberg and fellow funny lady Sherri Shepherd, who are cohosting July 9 and 13. "There could be two African-American hosts, which would be great," says a source close to the show. King has one big plus going for her: She would probably bring some of her BFF Oprah's fans to The View. - Reporting by Ileane Rudolph