"The View" Announces More Host Turnover and the Return of Joy Behar
It's been a tumultuous summer over at "The View."
In July, Rosie Perez announced she would be leaving, while frequent guest co-host, and VF.com contributor, Michelle Collins was hired full-time. Then, earlier this month, Nicolle Wallace announced she was exiting after less than a year on-air. But now, according to an ABC announcement, the lineup appears to be set, and come fall Whoopi Goldberg will moderate a panel that includes Collins, Raven-Symoné, returning veteran Joy Behar, and newcomers Candace Cameron Bure, and Paula Faris.
While Bure and Faris have been in negotiations for a while, the news of Behar's return is a true surprise. The comedian left "The View" back in 2013 after 16 years on the show, saying, "It seemed like the right time ... You reach a point when you say to yourself, 'Do I want to keep doing this?' There are other things on my plate I want to do — I've been writing a play, I've been neglecting my standup."
But Behar said in a statement Wednesday that she's "looking forward to sticking my two cents into the hot topics, especially now that Hillary [Clinton] and the Donald [Trump] are in the spotlight." Back in 2013, Behar told Jay Leno about her feud with the former host of "The Apprentice."
"I got in trouble a lot. I mean, people don't know how much trouble I got into." She then went on to read a letter purportedly from Trump's staff: "Trump is livid about the comment Joy made on air yesterday. He does not wear a wig. She can come over to the office and pull it and see for herself that it won't come off. People over there need to check their facts before running their mouths." So, clearly, the opportunity to needle Trump was too good for Behar to pass up.
And there's no doubt, after so many years of watching her host, what role Behar will fill on the panel. As for the two new additions, Paula Faris of "Good Morning America" will likely fill the "journalist spot" left absent by Wallace and Barbara Walters. Meanwhile Candace Cameron Bure — lately of "Fuller House" fame — has likely been chosen for her more conservative viewpoints and will bring the balance and controversial spark "The View" has always courted with hosts like Wallace and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. When Bure played guest host on "The View" earlier this summer, a clip of her defending an Oregon bakery for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding went viral.
But both Bure and Faris will be keeping their current jobs on "Fuller House" and "Good Morning America Weekend,"respectively, so "The View" will fill in their occasionally vacant chairs with guest contributors like former host Sherri Shepherd, Padma Lakshmi of "Top Chef," Stacy London of "What Not to Wear," Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and actress-model Molly Sims.
It's been a little more than a year since Walters retired, and ever since, "The View" has been caught in a game of musical chairs with big names like Jenny McCarthy and Rosie O'Donnell struggling to fill the Walters vacuum. All this changeover has played out in front of the camera, while behind-the-scenes reports of in-fighting and, reportedly, a "very frustrated" Walters have surfaced. Walters was all optimism in a statement about the brand-new lineup saying, "As 'The View' embarks on a remarkable 19th season, I am extremely proud to see the legacy of smart and diverse women engaging in entertaining and thought-provoking conversation continue."
We'll see if her optimism is warranted and whether "The View" manages to recapture that alchemical balance of its early days when Season 19 premieres on Tuesday, September 8.
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