According to the New York Daily News on Wednesday, changes on "The View" involve more than those surrounding co-hosts who are leaving and one returning after an absence. In recent weeks, we have heard about co-host Sherri Shepherd leaving after seven years and co-host Jenny McCarthy leaving after only one year. We have also heard that Rosie O'Donnell is returning to the morning talk show. She was the moderator when the show first started; however, she is coming back as a regular co-host and not as a moderator. Whoopi Goldberg is the only one set to return, and she is the moderator.
It has been reported that "The View" would go through some major changes, and the report was correct because the changes also involve someone at the top. Bill Geddie, who has been co-producer of "The View" along with Barbara Walters since it first began in 1997, is being replaced with another Bill.
CNN says Bill Wolff, the executive producer of "The Rachel Maddow Show" and the vice president of MSNBC's prime-time programming, will be producer of ABC's "The View." A spokeswoman for MSNBC confirmed Wolff's departure.
The Daily News explained a swap between ABC and NBC. NBC wanted ESPN producer Jamie Horowitz to produce the "Today" show, but his contract hasn't expired. In order for Horowitz to begin working for NBC's "Today" show three months earlier on Sept. 1, ABC agreed to the swap.
Barbara Walters retired from "The View" last May. Shepherd and McCarthy leave, four chairs will be vacant. Nine women auditioned after Thursday's show to fill those chairs. Among them are Sunny Hostin and SE Cupp, both regulars on CNN. Even though Wolff's new role hasn't officially started his producing job, he sat in on the auditions.
With all the changes taking place on "The View," the show definitely won't be the same next season. While some viewers will remain loyal, other viewers have already indicated on social media that they will not be watching when the new changes take place.