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