ABC’s top talk show The View has been beating the charts against other talks show hosts like CBS’s The Talk, but now the show may be facing some trials ahead as they fire their hosts as well as their own hosts start ending their contracts.
The show has already faced many departures such as Rosie O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace, and Rosie Perez, including Barbara Walters’ retirement one season prior. These previous changes led Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood to buy in a new team to revamp the program. For last season, these executives cobbled together a Hot Topics table with six rotating co-hosts instead of five to see what would stick. But now it seems like the co-hosts Hot Topics are causing some disagreement for the executives.
Joy Behar however said a few months ago that there is no “behind the scenes tension” between the cast and the executives, according to TV Insider. “We all get along,” Behar said in April. “Miraculously. The problem with the show was never about differing opinions. It was all about the personalities and how annoying certain people were.”
Now these hosts are going through some big changes. Collins is expected to be fired sometime this summer before the reboot of Season 20 next fall due to her inability to add a knowledgeable opinion to politics. Without Collins at the table, The View is in the midst of yet another reboot with the possibility of Sara Haines, the Good Morning America co-host, replacing Collins this September. Producers like how Haines is equally adept at both hard and soft news topics. In contrast, current host Michelle Collins has been criticized behind the scenes for her lack of political knowledge.
As for the rest of the crew, It’s still unclear if there will be any other changes to the hosting panel before next season, according to Variety. With Goldberg’s contract expires in August, the network has been in prolonged negotiations to convince her to stay as “The View’s” moderator. According to the Wrap, Goldberg will most likely sign a new contract with The View, despite previous rumors. For one thing, the producers of the show are fully aware that the Oscar-winning actress is a key ingredient to the show’s success. There is also the fact that Cameron-Bure previously admitted on HollywoodTake that she’s been having a tough time balancing her Fuller House and View duties this season. She is currently deciding whether or not to give up her role as a co-host on the show.
Lastly, what about Raven Symone? She has been getting intense criticism for her controversial opinions about political standpoints. She comments have enraged fans at times to the point where thousands of fans signed a petition for her to get fired from The View cast, according to HollywoodTake. However, the ex-Disney star might get amnesty despite the network being on fence about bringing her back. The rest of the panel for season 20 will consist of a combination of current co-hosts like Joy Behar and Paula Faris along with one or two wildcard names, according to Variety.