Julie Chen is not holding back on her feelings when it comes to the rise and fall of The View. Chen, the longtime co-host of the popular CBS daytime show The Talk, told Bravo host Andy Cohen that ABC’s flagship morning chatfest is “withering away.” According to Entertainment Tonight, Julie also said she believes rumors that the show’s former head honcho, Barbara Walters, is upset with the current status of the groundbreaking daily talk show that she created more than 20 years ago.
“I believed every word I read in Page Six,” Chen said of recent reports that Walters is furious with ABC over The View’s current format.
“There were contradicting sides and I believed that all of it was true. There’s a little bit of truth to everything. Someone said, ‘Oh she calls the control room and we take her notes seriously.’ I was like, she calls the control room. I don’t know if you take her notes that seriously. You probably make her feel like you’re taking it that seriously, but she doesn’t feel that way.”
Chen also mused that Walters is likely upset by the constant changes in the show’s co-hosting lineup. Most recently, popular co-host Candace Cameron Bure announced she is leaving The View due to the weekly cross-country travel and other career and family commitments.
“I do think that Barbara Walters is probably like, ‘This amazing show I created is now just kind of withering away with a revolving door of hosts that people can’t keep straight,'” Julie said. “I mean, I should know all of the names of the hosts and I don’t ’cause it changes so often.”
This isn’t the first time Julie Chen has trash-talked her rival daytime talk show, The View. The Wrap previously posted audio of a 2015 interview Chen did with Sirius XM radio host Howard Stern in which she said the show made a huge mistake by hiring Jenny McCarthy as a co-host a few years ago. At the time, Julie said McCarthy was like a fish out of water when talking politics during the Hot Topics segment.
“That’s what put [The View] on the map, but they don’t do that anymore,” Julie said. “No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York mayoral race… or politics. They don’t.”
In an interview with Extra, Julie Chen said The View didn’t seem to know how to use McCarthy on their panel.
“It seems like they don’t know what to do with her talent,” Julie said shortly before McCarthy was let go from The View. “The show has lost its way is my feeling because they don’t really talk about politics anymore and when they do, no one is really trying to hear what Jenny is saying… I don’t think she’s suited for what they used to do.”
Chen also said Walters, who had only recently retired from the ABC daytime series at the time, admitted in a meeting with other TV journalists that she was “toying with the idea” of going back to try to save The View. But according to Chen, everyone in the meeting tried to talk the TV news legend out of it.
“Are you kidding me?” Julie said. “Everyone told her, ‘Barbara, that ship has sailed. No one can turn it around. Stay away, it will only hurt your image.'”
Julie Chen has been the moderator for The Talk since its debut in 2010, and the show’s Emmy-winning lineup has also included co-hosts Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne since its first season. Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood joined Chen, Gilbert, and Osbourne on The Talk in its second season, replacing original co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete.
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