[Blind Gossip] Guess which TV star is getting fired? Our source says, “We wanted someone outspoken and controversial… but she just turned out to be someone ignorant with a big mouth.” Most importantly, the show’s fans just don’t like her.
Of course, no one will say she was fired. Everyone will simply say that she chose not to renew her contract because she wanted to take advantage of other opportunities, blah blah blah.
Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy have both been FIRED from The View.
“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”
“If Sherri goes… I go too. 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.”
Blah, blah, blah. Now let’s talk about what REALLY happened! We call it: The Dumbing Down of The View.
The View started out with a promising concept (different women, different points of view), but over the years, Barbara Walters killed the show. Yes, it’s all her fault.
While the show was never a bastion of intellectualism, Walters allowed it to become a nasty, dumbed-down cartoon parody of itself. One objective measure: education. The earliest cast members of The View were all college graduates. While education does not always correlate with intelligence, it certainly provides one objective measurement:
Earliest cast members of The View. College degree?:
Meredith Vieira YES
Star Jones YES
Debbie Matenopoulos YES
Lisa Ling YES
Joy Behar YES
Latest cast members of The View. College degree?:
Sherri Shepherd NO
Jenny McCarthy NO
Whoopie Goldberg NO
When you lose intelligent, well-spoken cast members like Lisa Ling or Star Jones, and try to substitute in dumb, inarticulate cast members like Sherri Shepherd or Jenny McCarthy, you reap what you sow.
When you lose a fun, spirited, upbeat moderator like Meredith Vieira and try to substitute in a dour and bored Whoopie Goldberg (who is contemptuous of everyone and simply shows up to collect a steady paycheck), you reap what you sow.
Whoopie Goldberg is more well-suited to playing the role of the villain in the next Matrix movie than she is to moderating a morning talk show.
Barbara Walters lost the thread. She dumbed down the show. With the firings of many previous cast members, Walters proved over and over again that she lets her personal feelings about people get in the way of making smart business decisions. Walters is completely responsible for turning The View into The Really Dumb Housewives of Daytime TV.
The tipping point for the recent rash of firings show came when ratings for The Talk (an all-female talk show on CBS) started passing The View. That was INFURIATING to Barbara Walters, and she started cleaning house: Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselback, and now McCarthy and Shepherd. She had petty, personal arguments with more than one of these women and exacted her revenge by firing them.
However, don’t look to Barbara Walters for a truthful explanation about any of those firings. Walters always lies about the reasons people leave the show. In April, not long before she stepped down, Walters said in various interviews that Shepherd “definitely” was coming back to The View next season, as were McCarthy and Goldberg.
While she will never admit it, Walters FIRED Behar, Hasselback, McCarthy and Shepherd. They didn’t decide to leave because they were “too far apart on contract negotiations,” or because they “wanted to pursue other opportunities.” All of these women loved that fat, steady paycheck and would have stayed there forfreakingever if Walters had allowed it.
As for the show’s future: If Walters hires vibrant, educated, articulate, interesting women – and an upbeat moderator – we think she has a good chance at rebuilding the show. If not… The Talk rules, and The View dies.
While we originally wrote this item about McCarthy, everybody who guessed either McCarthy or Shepherd got this one right. Congratulations to Ohithinknot for being first!
Related: Live By The Big Mouth
As expected, both women announced that it was “their” decision to leave the show. This way Barbara Walters gets to continue to claim that she has never fired anyone from The View. But, just in case they tried to vary from the script, Walters had them “their” statements read from a teleprompter. Of course, each of their statements included a blurb about how grateful they are to Barbara Walters.
Jenny McCarthy said:
“Let me tell you what is going on. I am so grateful to have worked with Barbara Walters in her last year, along with many producers and co-hosts. After much consideration, I’ve taken a new job which allows me to do what I do best, which is talk without having to interrupt anyone. I’ll be announcing it in the next few weeks.”
McCarthy, 41, even teased about her new job, which she will announce in the coming weeks, and that it might “compete” with The View.
Sherri Shepherd said:
“A lot of those people close to me and some of the producers here, they’ve known since the spring that I did not intend to return to the show after my contract ends in August. I didn’t discuss anything publicly in my personal life because I didn’t want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and our celebration of her retirement in May.”
“I’m a woman of faith and seven in the bible is the number of God’s completion. And I’ve been here seven years, and my time with ‘The View’ is complete. … I’m going to forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and a comedian and making me learn things and making me step out of my comfort zone, for giving me a chance when everybody said I shouldn’t be at this table.”
Shepherd added she has plans for what’s next and plans to come back as a guest. “I plan to come back to promote the work,” she said of her new project.
Is Jenny McCarthy going to stick it to The View by going to a competitive show (e.g. The Talk or The Real)?
Does anyone out there actually believe that Sherri Shepherd voluntarily chose to leave a cushy $1.5 million a year job on The View?