Barbara Walters retired in May of 2014 from 'The View', and television hosting in general. Now, 2 of the 3 remaining hosts of 'The View' have been reportedly fired from the lineup, leaving only host Whoopi Goldberg with a job.
Sherri Shepherd had been a host on the program for 7 years. She had this to say of her time on the show via twitter:
“The number 7 is God’s number of completion & after 7 seasons my time at The View is now complete!So grateful2 every1 4their love & support,” she said, followed by: “Incredibly grateful to my second mom @BarbaraJWalters for pushing me beyond my comfort zone – it’s been amazing doing it scared! #joy.”
Jenny McCarthy was also fired, and after only one season. Many thought she would be a questionable fit for the dynamic of the show (at best), and unfortunately ABC ended up agreeing. I have always liked Jenny McCarthy, even though she believes in things that are pretty "out there".. still, she's a good personality and would make a good host somewhere. But not on 'The View'. It just never fit. Closing statements from McCarthy:
“If Sherri goes… I go too. #sisters.”
“My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year.”
Apparently, she took a stand for Sherri. I wonder what that was all about?
Regardless of the reasons though, Whoopi is the only remaining host. And you can't have a show called 'The View' with a sole voice. I mean, I guess you could, but not in the same spirit and fashion the show is known for. Yes, 'The View' is past its glory days ever since Rosie O'Donnell and Jay Behar left. But ABC is not giving up on the program and its name. They are just planning on .. restructuring.
Their plan is to possibly bring on a man. Or two, as hosts alongside Whoopi. TMZ
has Ross Mathews (Ross the Intern from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”) and former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer as possibilities. ABC wants to "creatively" give new life to 'The View'. Seeing as how they also probably
let go of executive producer Bill Geddie as well (who had been with the program since 1997), I'd say that are serious about cleaning house and starting over.