Should we start a pool now on when “The View” will end?
ABC seems to be doing everything it can to make sure the show will be unrecognizable when its 18th season starts Sept. 15. Of last season’s cast, only moderator Whoopi Goldberg is returning.
Now ABC has confirmed reports that two new hosts have been hired: actress Rosie Perez (when was the last time you heard that name?) and former George W. Bush and John McCain campaign staffer Nicolle Wallace.
Already on the roster is another Rosie, O’Donnell, someone else we haven’t heard much about in a while. O’Donnell, of course, is an alum of “The View,” although she lasted less than a year when she was moderator in 2007. Goldberg replaced her.
Because political commentator Wallace is a conservative, producers are no doubt expecting that she and O’Donnell (and maybe Goldberg, too) will get into it like Rosie and Elisabeth Hasselbeck used to.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, both Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy announced this summer they’d be out the door. Were they pushed? That’s not clear.
And their departures follow the retirement last spring of legendary newswoman Barbara Walters, who created the show in 1997 with producer Bill Geddie (who also left this year).
As you’ll recall, the original concept was that the show would feature women of different ages and points of view.
Agewise, here’s how the new cast will stack up: Wallace is 42; Perez is 49; O’Donnell is 52; and Goldberg is 58. Three of the four, you’ll note, are actresses or entertainers.
For most of its life, “The View” made sure one of its co-hosts was 20-something or 30-something.
And back to unrecognizable: “The View” is reportedly getting a new set, a new studio and a new logo — in addition to the almost all-new panel of hosts.
Worth noting is that on KMBC, Channel 9, “The View” at 11 a.m. will be preceded at 10 (starting Sept. 15) by a new syndicated show called “The Real.” It’s “The View” with a panel of five women of color.