The View

1997, TV Show

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Will Whoopi Join The View?

Bye bye Rosie, hello Whoopi! TV Guide has learned from a source close to The View that Whoopi Goldberg is at the top of the wish list to fill one of the two empty seats on the chat show's depleted couch.The departing Rosie O'Donnell says she loves the Whoopster, as do current co-hosts Elisabeth "I hope I stay forever" Hasselbeck and Joy Behar. Whoopi would fit the bill quite nicely: She's outspoken, funny, a woman of color, and already lives in New York — and scored high on TV Guide.com’s recent poll of possible Rosie replacements. No word yet, though, on how her asking price compares to Rosie's $10 million. (Whoopi's rep had no comment.) Also on the chatfest’s dream team is Ricki Lake, but sources close to the actress/talk show host says she likes living in Los Angeles and has other projects in mind. — Reporting by Ileane Rudolph read more

Court TV Castoff to "Grace" The View?

ABC's The View: it's not just a talk show, but a veritable magnet for headline makers. No sooner had Nancy Grace announced (to her Court TV bosses' surprise, it is said) that she would be leaving the cabler to focus on her CNN Headline News program, the New York Daily News hears that the brassy blonde is angling to fill Rosie's seat on The View. My only question: how is it that Paris' name has yet to enter the mix? read more

Hasselbeck's Rosy View

Barbara Walters, Rosie O'Donnell, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck by Heidi Gutman/ABC

A repentant Rosie O'Donnell recently pledged not to spat with her View colleague Elisabeth Hasselbeck now that she's pregnant, but the vociferous liberal needn't play nice on her Republican co-host's account. Hasselbeck tells TV Guide she's been "bombarding" O'Donnell with e-mails, "trying to convince her to change her mind" about leaving the chatfest in June. Facing the inevitable, the George W. Bush supporter says she wants "someone as strong as Rosie has been to replace her." How about an O'Donnell favorite: the equally opinionated Whoopi Goldberg? "I love Whoopi," Hasselbeck agrees. And while she thinks "it would be a better balanced show to have a woman of color," Hasselbeck hasn't committed to any candidate yet. —By Ileane Rudolph read more

Top 10 Reasons The View Merits an Emmy

With The View having netted 10 consecutive nominations in the Daytime Emmys Outstanding Talk Show Host contest yet failing to convert on any nods to date ABC has offered up this list of Joy Behars top 10 reasons why she Babs Liz and RosieOccupant are worthy10 Weve already lost nine times and Susan Lucci is worried well beat her record [LucciEmmys joke Check]9 Were the only show with Hot Topics and hot flashes [Borderline bawdy item Check]8 We promise our acceptance speech will be shorter than Britneys hair [Topical-ish reference check]7 We give free juice cookies and foot massages to our studio audience [Blatant-but-cute lie check]6 We all know how to decoupage [Arcane item check]5 Limoncello endorsements by celebrity guests [Getting even less topical]4 If Barbara Walters dog can talk then anything is possible [In joke check]3 Two words Celebrity feuds [Two words item check]2 We support the American confett read more

View Says Roseanne Barr Buzz Is "Untrue"; Plus, a New Hassel-baby!

Elisabeth Hasselbeck by Steve Fenn/ABC

Though she earned a mere 10 percent of the vote in TVGuide.com's poll about potential successors to Rosie O'Donnell, Roseanne Barr is the early front-runner to become The View's resident loudmouth once the seat is vacated, the New York Post hears. Detailing Barr's qualifications, a source tells the tab, "She's a piece of work, she's a character, she says what's on her mind and she's funny." I know, the same could be said about your Aunt Enid after a pull of dandelion wine. But Roseanne has the better name recognition.In other View news, Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced on Monday's show, "I'm totally three months pregnant," to which Babs beat me to the punch by noting they'll get a November-sweeps "baby watch" out of this. Walters also tore into gossip columnists and cable news channel talking heads who have claimed that a failed power grab by Rosie led to her exit, reminding viewers that the two had been friends "for years" before Ro joined the talker.UPDATE: What's your take on Rosea... read more

Rosie Said, "No, Thank View" to $10 Mil a Year

Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters by Heidi Gutman/ABC

As Rosie O'Donnell disclosed on Wednesday's The View, she and ABC Daytime were unable to come to terms on a new deal, and that's why she is vacating her chair in June. FoxNews.com is now reporting that Rosie was seeking a $10 million payday to continue on for one — but only one — additional year, and ABC likely would have ponied up $30 mil total for their requested three-year extension, but O'D wouldn't budge on her time limit. Why the stubborn streak? FoxNews.com claims that Rosie resolved to walk back at Christmastime, when View boss Barbara Walters failed to sufficiently stand up for her against Donald Trump.Where will Rosie go once her Viewing is over? A resurrection of her solo talker? A prime-time game-show hosting gig? "She's going to sit back," her rep tells the New York Daily News, "and decide how she's going to feel creatively fulfilled."UPDATE: Who would you like to see replace Rosie? We have a few names to run by you, cast your vote here (bottom right). read more

View the Possibilities: The Next Rosie

After this year's dramatic turn on The View, with Rosie O'Donnell leading the discussions and picking fights with certain real-estate moguls, she's opting out of next year's contract. I think it's a wise decision. Although Rosie helped View ratings, got the audience stirred up and made the top of video lists and news items, I wasn't settling into her presence on the ABC morning program as well as I have with Meredith Vieira's new gig at Today. So, who would be a better choice for The View? Who would really complement the other ladies and still argue with Elisabeth Hasselbeck? Who could nestle into the comfort (and sometimes uncomfortable) zone of Hot Topics and later avoid public announcements from Barbara Walters trying to smooth over any rumors?Let us ponder the possibilities....Paula Abdul is definitely not an option. Ellen DeGeneres would be hilarious mixed with Joy Behar, but we'll let her keep her own show, which commands a funny, friendly and entertaining vibe all in one.More... read more

Mighty Mouth Leaves The View

The View by Heidi Gutman/ABC

The View is going to miss Rosie O’Donnell a lot more than I will. That's a minority viewpoint in this office and elsewhere, I’m sure, although there’s no question she is a polarizing figure for many: personally and politically, she’s all about ruffling feathers. This can make for good, or at least provocative, TV, which is why The View will miss her... a point made quite clear Wednesday morning, when Rosie announced she wasn’t able to work out a deal with ABC Daytime to continue beyond her one-year contract negotiations that Barbara Walters pointedly insisted did not not involve her; “This was not my doing and not my choice,” she said.Rosie tried to cushion the blow right off the bat, upon reflecting on the “breaking news” (as she put it ironically) by saying her association with The View is not altogether over. She promises to continue to guest-host, to do hourlong specials on issues that matter to her, and otherwise remain a part of the... read more

Rosie Exiting The View "Is Not My Doing," Says Barbara

Rosie O'Donnell by Heidi Gutman/ABC

Unable to come to a contractual agreement with ABC Daytime, Rosie O'Donnell will conclude her duties as a cohost of The View in mid-June (allowing for at least three more grade-school-caliber back-and-forths with The Donald). "Working with Barbara [Walters], Joy [Behar] and Elisabeth [Hasselbeck] has been one of the highlights of my career, but my needs for the future just didn't dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me," Rosie says in a statement to ABCNews.com. "To all the viewers out there, I just want to say thank you for opening up your hearts and your homes to me this past year. But you can always find me at Rosie.com." (Not recommended, however, for fans of complete sentences.) ABC Daytime boss man Brian Frons says, "Going in we knew we would have an amazing year with [Rosie], and that anything beyond that would be gravy. And while we've tried to come to terms on a deal that would extend her [stay] on The View, we find ourselves unable to agree on some key elements."View m... read more

The View's Elisabeth Finds New Friends

Is Elisabeth Hasselbeck testing the waters for life beyond The View? The conservative member of ABC's daytime coffee klatch will be guest cohost of Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends on Monday, the cable channel has announced.Hasselbeck, whose had some highly publicized on-air run-ins with RosieO'Donnell on The View, will be filling in for Fox & Friends cohost Gretchen Carlson while she's on vacation. — Reporting by Stephen Battaglio read more

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Premiered: August 11, 1997, on ABC
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