ABC announced on Thursday the final two co-hosts replacing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy who will join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on the “The View” will be Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.
Perez is a regular on screen and stage actress who was discovered in a nightclub by Spike Lee who then starred her in his film “Do the Right Thing.” The actress has also picked up Emmy Award nominations for choreography on the show “In Living Color.” She also received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1993 drama “Fearless.”
Wallace is a bestselling author and political analyst for MSNBC who served as the communications chief for George W. Bush during his re-election campaign. She was also the senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008 who was the Republican top spokesman seen on various network and cable news programs defending their run for the White House.
“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences,” Bill Wolff, the executive producer for “The View” said. “Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table. This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.”
No doubt sparks will continue to fly as O’Donnell and Goldberg who are the more liberal co-hosts on the show will challenge Wallace during some of those “hot topics” political discussions.
Controversy over comments made on the show will again make TV news since the show’s creator Barbara Walters who was also a regular co-host on the show has retired from the show. She was known for keeping the ladies in check with longtime executive producer Bill Geddie who is also no longer at the helm. With these two changes, there is growing media speculation about how the show will evolve.
According to The Daily Beast, Geddie wanted to continue as the producer on the show for at least another two years. However when Walters sold her 50 percent ownership for an undisclosed amount, she couldn't help with the decision made by the head of daytime programming, Ben Sherwood and executive Lisa Hackner who are shaking things up at ABC.
Bringing back O’Donnell to the panel who co-hosted “The View” during its tenth season in 2006-2007 when the ratings soared, producers are hoping will bring back that same magic.
The epic on-air battle between then co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and O’Donnell over the Iraq war was epic as O’Donnell challenged Hasselbeck’s reaction to her being vehemently against the war. The on-air feud prompted O’Donnell to leave the show before the end of the season.
Hasselbeck reignited the feud when she heard O’Donnell would be back on the show saying, “Here in comes to ‘The View' the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and, really, in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there — coming back with a bunch of control, ready to regain a seat at ‘The View' table. Not surprising, I think that it's been in the works for a long time,” Hasselbeck said during a call-in on “Fox & Friends.
Former “View” co-host Joy Behar, the longest running co-host on “The View” said Hasselbeck’s remarks were “below-the-belt” saying on CNN that it was a dangerous comment to make challenging Hasselbeck to step-up and explain herself.
Whether the Emmy winning show will continue to pick-up awards for daytime television remains to be seen as the show goes into its 18th season. It was on August 11, 1997 when the first show aired on ABC against the wishes of ABC’s then president Roone Arledge who died of prostate cancer in 2002.
The first show of “The View” will air on Monday, September 15 at 11 a.m. on ABC.