It's official! The View has replaced Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, after the two were unceremoniously dumped from the lineup last spring. No hard feelings, of course. Officially.
Anyway, that left two seats empty for the daytime talk show, and ABC confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace will be filling them.
The new hosts will join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell to discuss news and views every weekday morning, and ABC says this upcoming season will be "unlike any in recent history." The show premieres live on Monday, September 15.
Executive producer Bill Wolff added, "These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table ... this mix of smart, vibrant, and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television."
Well we do know at least one reason this season won't be like any other -- show creator Barbara Walters finally retired after five decades in the business. How weird is it going to be not seeing Baba Wawa on the regular anymore?
There's still no word on who will fill Walters' empty seat, but one insider told Us Weekly that execs are still searching for just the right candidate. Another source revealed what type of person they're looking for -- "ABC and production want a conservative for the final spot," they said.
The show lost Elisabeth Hasselbeck to Fox News last year, so it looks like they're going to try to bring some balance to what would otherwise be a liberal gab-fest. Ah, The View. Gotta love it.
Who would you like to see fill the final spot on The View?
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