Goldberg and Shepherd in talks to join The View
Variety reports that negotiations to have actress Whoopi Goldberg join The View (she's been a guest host several times) are close to being finalized, though the network has made no official announcement just yet.
ABC is also apparently talking with comedian Sherri Shepherd about the possibility of joining the show. Currently the only three permanent hosts are Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck.
Goldberg would replace Rosie O'Donnell, of course, who left the show a couple months ago.
I'm not going to pretend I watch The View, because I don't, but it's no question O'Donnell attracted a lot of new attention to the series, either through her constant political battles with conservative Hasselbeck, or with her almost preternatural understanding of physics. I didn't have to be a View viewer to know about these things, the entertainment rags and 24/hour "news" cycle kept me up to date on Rosie's antics. Call her a champion for free speech or a shrill hen with nothing worthwhile to say, but you can't argue with the ratings.
I wonder if the producers are hoping for more of the same when (and if) Whoopi joins the panel as a permanent fixture. Whoopi's never been shy about offering her opinion, either, so I can't help but speculate as to what the show would be like with her, and what I would think of it if I actually cared enough to watch it.
What do you guys think of Whoopi as a new addition to The View?