Whoopi Goldberg Not Exiting ‘The View,’ Star Renews Contract Until 2017

Is Whoopi Goldberg exiting The View after years of being the show’s moderator at the table? It’s hard to picture The View without the outspoken Goldberg, who acts as moderator and does a good job of controlling the ladies from going too far off the deep end when topics get controversial.

Some think Whoopi is invaluable to the team, as she gives the other women, no matter who joins her at the table, enough space to get into hot topics, but somehow pulls everyone back in when the discussions get heated. Although many of the co-hosts have rotated out of the show, Goldberg has been The View’s main cast member since she joined the show in 2007.

That said, there’s been rumors that she wants off of The View. While she’s known as the peacekeeper on air, behind the scenes, there has been rumblings that Goldberg has been feuding with everyone from former co-host Rosie O’Donnell, to the producers themselves.

At the Inquisitr reported, there were rumors that there was yet another big shake up on The View coming. In May, rumors had Whoopi Goldberg looking to exit the show. The Wrap had said that Goldberg was telling people close to her that she was done with the show. It was believed that ABC bosses wanted Whoopi Goldberg back on the show, no matter the cost, and it looks like they got their way.

So what’s the deal? Is Whoopi finally saying goodbye? Well, it doesn’t look like she’s exiting the show this year.

According to the comedienne, the star just renewed her contract through 2017. It’s said that there was “months of speculation” and contract negotiations, but it looks like both parties have finally agreed, as Goldberg announced, via Twitter, that she would continue her role as moderator on The View. Of course, Goldberg made the announcement in her signature style.

Goldberg will join Joy Behar and Paula Faris for another season. Sara Haines is also a regular contributor to the show. So far it’s not yet known what The View plans to do with co-hosts Candace Cameron-Bure and Raven Symone. As we’ve seen from previous seasons of the show, The View regularly changes up their table these days, which results in often surprising goodbyes.

Although Goldberg is here to stay, this year, The View said goodbye to Michelle Collins, but with little fanfare.

At the time ABC said the following about her release.

“Michelle is smart, opinionated and funny. She’s been a great addition to the panel this year. When we are ready to make to make an announcement about next season, we will.”

Collins eventually released a statement, via Instagram.

“Well, the news is out: I’m leaving ‘The View.’ Yes, I’m officially the newest member of the “One Seasoner” club, the latest graduate of talk show boot camp, ending what has been, simply put, the most surreal and fabulous year of my life.”

Collins went on to give a special shout out to Whoopi especially. “Special thanks to Whoopi for always having my back and, you know, being an icon.”

Despite co-hosts universally praising Goldberg for her moderator skills and guidance, The View still has major problems ahead of them, with ratings slipping by the season. When Barbara Walters created The View in 1997 it was the first show of its kind. Now, The View has major competition as shows like The Talk, The Chew, and others have seen their ratings soar by reinventing the format that the ABC show made popular.

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