It looks like The View may have more changes ahead.
Yahoo! reported that ex- Disney star Raven Symone was recently announced as a new co-host, and she will be returning. Apparently, the network has-been unimpressed by their contributions to the show, and executives have been under pressure to rescue it from a ratings decline in that began with Barbara Walters’ retirement back in May 2014.
In its latest attempt to save The View, ABC executives are reportedly considering to drop either Nicolle Wallace or Rosie Perez.
“The View” might have a five-woman co-host format next year much like “The Talk” and “The Real”.
Amid anemic ratings and behind-the-scenes turmoil, ABC execs are mulling dropping one or both of the two recent additions, Variety is reporting.
The issue with Wallace is that she hasn’t quite riled up the talk show’s other hosts in the way that Elisabeth Hasselbeck used to and some at ABC worry that she doesn’t know enough about celebrities.
Perez in particular has been the subject of firing rumours already, with gossip circulating that she wouldn’t return to the show while taking a break to appear on Broadway in Larry David’s Fish in the Dark (the rumours turned out to be false; she returned as scheduled, and has been on the show ever since).
Whoever is doing the talking on the 19th season of “The View“, they can expect to continue in the less substantive direction that’s become more evident on Hot Topics.
There’s still work to be done to keep “The View” from seeming disjointed.
There’s been plenty of turnover behind the camera this season.
O’Donnell left the show in February, citing family reasons. The two women came on board last September, but they are not producing like Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood was hoping.
That may happen in 2016 if Goldberg doesn’t renew her contract and “The View” can’t be saved.