Sarah Palin to The View?
The long-running ABC daytime talk show recently parted ways with co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, while co-creator and host Barbara Walters has retired or semi-retired. So there are open seats at the table, with Whoopi Goldberg being the only holdover. There are conflicting reports as to whether executive producer Bill Geddie was also let go.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Palin herself floated the idea of becoming a View panelist:
“I hear everyone recently got canned from The View, maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue.”
The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate referenced The View in responding to a question about whether she was interested in doing a political talk show, which Palin said “would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous!”
Palin could be racking up huge frequent flyer miles if she actually got The View co-hosting gig and would likely have to part of a rotating cast because geography would prevent her from being on the set every day.
Whether or not Sarah Palin joins The View, if that’s even practical, there have been some published reports that The View is looking for a politically conservative voice (Elisabeth Hasselbeck left the show last July) as a counterbalance to the conventional liberal leanings of virtually all the other hosts and guest hosts.
Last summer, Barbara Walters reportedly invited Sarah Palin to guest-host on The View, but scheduling issues precluded her from appearing.
There have even been reports that the controversial Rosie O’Donnell could make a return to The View and take up hosting duties again.
According to the Hollywood Life website,
“…Sarah would be an AMAZING addition on the show! Hear me out: Just like Rosie, Sarah gets people talking. When she was running for Vice President, no one dominated the airwaves more. People love to hate on Sarah, but her conservative views represent a big population of the United States… Whether or not someone necessarily agrees with Sarah’s right-leaning political beliefs, a lot of viewers are still likely to turn on their TV to see Sarah spar over the day’s hottest news from her point of view…”
For the moment, there is no indication that The View is interested in Sarah Palin. Given the recent turnover, however, do you think it’s a good time for The View to change things up and go rogue with Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin as its new co-host?