Ever since it was announced that moderator Whoopi Goldberg would return to The View, many wondered who would return with her. Well, now we have news that The View’s contributor Sara Haines has scored favorably well with the audience, so well that she was promoted from contributor to regular co-host at the table.
According to E!, the network announced that Haines will come back to The View as a regular for Season 20 of the show. It’s said that other members who will join Goldberg and Haines is veteran member Joy Behar, Candace Cameron-Bure, Raven-Symone, and Paula Faris, whose role on the show has been scaled back considerably from when she first started earlier in the year.
— E! News (@enews) August 3, 2016
As for Haines, if she doesn’t look familiar from her stints on The View, she’s been a prominent face on ABC News since 2013 and has been featured on the weekend editions of Good Morning America as a pop news anchor. Sunny Hostin will return as contributor, and Jedediah Bila has been added as the newcomer. Bila celebrated the news with a tweet.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) August 3, 2016
One face that won’t be returning to The View is Michelle Collins. The Inquisitr reported that the comedian was axed after one season with The View. The news was announced in June of Collins’ departure from the show.
After Collins was axed from the show, she made a statement via social media and praised Whoopi Goldberg for her guidance.
“Special thanks to Whoopi [Goldberg] for always having my back, and, you know, being an icon. And to all of you: I see your tweets, I see your messages, and I’m sending you all the heart emojis. Many exciting things await, can’t wait to share everything with you! All my love, Michelle Collins, #15.”
— InTheFame (@InTheFame) October 6, 2015
It wasn’t a huge shock that Collins was fired. One doesn’t have to look too far, as The View took a huge hit in ratings and advertisers when Joy Behar and Michelle Collins mocked a contestant on Miss America for her monologue as a nurse. The moment went viral, and nurses all over the globe created a hashtag to lend their voices in support of Miss Colorado.
During the episode, Collins said the following about Johnson.
“… basically read her emails out loud — and shockingly did not win. She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which is not funny, but I swear, you had to see it.”
Following that week of controversy, both Behar and Collins apologized publicly on The View. During an episode with professionals from NYU College of Nursing, Behar made a statement of apology.
“After we made comments about the Miss America broadcast and the talent performance by Miss Colorado, we heard from many of you. You let us know that you were offended by some of our comments, and, believe me, we were listening. We apologize for our remarks, and we know how vitally important nurses are.”
Since this is The View, the drama hasn’t stopped there, even if it’s fabricated. Recently, the Daily Mail reported that Whoopi Goldberg got Paula Faris demoted. The report went on to say that when Faris found out she was being demoted from five days on The View to one day, she flipped and blamed Whoopi Goldberg. A source went on to say that Goldberg has power with ABC and used it against Faris. Goldberg heard wind of the rumors and refuted them on Twitter.
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