Whoopi Goldberg is, for now, anyway, the sole host of The View after her co-hosts got let go in a stunning move by execs at ABC. After the execs announced on Thursday night that big changes were about to happen on The View, they made good on their statement by not renewing the contracts of Whoopi’s co-hosts, Jenny McCarthy and Sherrie Shepherd.
On Thursday, Shepherd and McCarthy confirmed on social media that they were departing The View and will no longer be co-hosts alongside comedian and actress, Whoopi Goldberg.
According to The View spokeswoman, Lauri Hogan, in an article in the New York Daily News, the series “will be moving in an exciting new direction next season.” She also mentioned that “ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively.”
Jenny McCarthy’s contract with ABC reportedly was going to run out in July, and she and the network execs were unable to agree on terms for a new contract. The execs decided not to renew her contract for another season.
Fans of The View will probably not miss the departing co-hosts immediately, as it will not be broadcast next week due to the July 4th holiday that is coming up. Staff members were told of the departure of the two co-hosts, Shepherd and McCarthy, at a meeting where the show’s future direction was also discussed.
No word has yet been announced yet if Sherrie Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will return live on The View on Monday, July 7, to say goodbye to their fans.
The View was created by Barbara Walters, 84, in 1997. She was one of the show’s co-hosts before she retired, and Walters still remains the executive producer of the series. Walters had no comment to make when asked about the firings of Shepherd and McCarthy.
Whoopi Goldberg, 58, is the last remaining co-host of The View — for now. That will probably not last for very long, as ABC will probably try to sign two other co-hosts as quickly as possible, so that Goldberg does not have to try to carry the show by herself.
Though there have been rumors that one of the executive producers of The View, Bill Geddie, 58, was also let go, an inside source reportedly said that he is currently in the process of renegotiating his contract and that he will be back.
After having spent what Sherrie Shepherd calls “seven wonderful years,” being a co-host of The View, she said in a statement that “it is time for me to move on.”
Jenny McCarthy might have been able to remain on as a co-host of The View, but she expressed her loyalty to and sisterhood with Shepherd by tweeting “If Sherri goes I go too.” The ABC execs apparently decided to take her at her word, as she will also not be returning to the show after the July holiday hiatus ends.
According to a source who spoke to FOX411, the network thought that Jenny McCarthy “didn’t appeal to the daytime audience market.” Also, when her one-year contract ended, ABC decided not to renew it.
Without getting into specifics, ABC stated that next year, decisions that the network had made would “evolve the show creatively.” At least as of now, the network apparently intends to keep on Whoopi Goldberg as the sole remaining host of The View.
With the dust still settling after the decision made by ABC not to renegotiate the contracts of Sherrie Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, only Whoopi Goldberg is left to host The View. There will definitely be changes made to The View, but so far, ABC has not released the details about what the changes will be. Any changes made, including the hiring of new co-hosts, might possibly be held off for as long as until next year, as ABC execs state that it will be next year when the show would “evolve.”
Written by: Douglas Cobb