In a surprise move, ABC has decided to renew The View for its 20th season. It’s a bit of a shock, because the co-hosts haven’t been popular with fans, and the ratings have dipped in recent years, with the panel of co-hosts changing frequently.
In the last three years or so, The View has been less of a staple in daytime television and more of a revolving door. It could be said that this is the reason why audiences are flocking to other similar formatted shows such as The Chew or The Talk, which fashioned their shows after The View’s initial success.
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That said, ABC decided to go ahead with the renewal. According to Variety, not only did ABC renew The View, but it has named Candi Carter as executive producer immediately. The is the first time The View has an African American in the role of an executive producer. Carter will be expected to help reboot the talk show. As stated, the show has failed to get its footing after the show’s creator and producer, Barbara Walters, left in May of 2013.
The original reboot of the show in the wake of Walters’ absence included Rosie Perez, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, and Nicolle Wallace. Wallace and Perez were axed from the show after rumors lasted for months about a big shakeup coming to The View.
O’Donnell left for the second time during her time on the show, but this time around it wasn’t about her locking horns with co-hosts, but rather a breakdown in her family that led to a stressful environment. She decided instead of putting her health at risk by trying to balance work and family, that she would focus on her family. It was later revealed that O’Donnell was divorcing her wife, Michelle Rounds, and that her daughter, Chelsea, was going through emotional turmoil.
After that change-up happened, ABC decided to keep Whoopi Goldberg as a moderator, and added Paula Faris, Candace Cameron-Bure, Michelle Collins, Raven-Symone, and in hopes of some Walters-era nostalgia, welcomed back original co-host Joy Behar. That said, the co-hosts, specifically Joy and Raven-Symone, haven’t earned any views from their fans.
Behar was involved in a nurse controversy, after Behar and comedian Michelle Collins mocked Miss Colorado’s performance during the Miss America pageant during the Hot Topics segment. Instead of showing off a typical talent, nurse Kelley Johnson decided to perform a monologue about working with an Alzheimer’s patient. Behar questioned her outfit, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”
That simple question started a huge backlash and a hashtag, #NursesUnite, was born. On the hashtag, nurses from all over the world shared photos of themselves wearing their stethoscopes. The comment resulted in sponsors pulling out of advertising during The View, and an apology from the co-hosts, which happened days later.
While people questioned whether or not ABC would fire Joy Behar, it sounds like Whoopi Goldberg wants to get fired from the ABC show. The Inquisitr reported that she dared ABC to fire her for her “antagonistic” behavior.
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Page Six reported that she’s currently “at war with management,” and that she’s not putting in the necessary effort into her work on the show. A source told the outlet, “It’s so bad that some execs think she’s daring them to fire her so she can go off and do other things, particularly after her ‘slave’ outburst.”
Goldberg is currently in her final year of her five-year contract with ABC, but it’s likely that The View will renegotiate since we haven’t heard that Goldberg has plans to move on. Meanwhile, there’s a petition going around for Raven-Symone’s removal from The View. Depending on what the executive producer wants for the new reboot, that might happen. If she wants less controversy, Raven-Symone might get the boot. If she wants to go forward and try to force the combative attitude that saw The View’s ratings skyrocket, then all parties might end up staying.
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