According to the Hollywood Reporter on Monday, ABC's "The View" returned with its first live episode since news of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd’s departures. As soon as the show began, the moderator Whoopi Goldberg wasted no time addressing the “giant neon pink gorilla” in the room. Then Jenny teased the audience by saying that the rumors they had heard are not true. Then she set the record straight and said she and co-host Sherri really are leaving.
Jenny was first to make remarks. She thanked Barbara Walters and fans for their support for one year on the popular daytime talk show. She hinted that she has a job lined up that might be in competition with "The View." She teased the audience by saying, “After much consideration, I’ve taken a new job that will allow me to do what I do best, which is talk without having to interrupt anyone. I will be announcing it in the next few weeks and I couldn’t be more grateful. Stay tuned, even if it does compete with 'The View.'”
Sherri followed with her own remarks which were more emotional than those of her co-host. Having spent seven years on the show, she said that the Bible speaks of seven as being the number of God's completion. She said her time has been completed on "The View." She indicated that executive producer Bill Geddie, the staff and people close to her have known about her decision since the spring, but she didn't discuss it because she didn't want anything to take the attention away from Barbara Walters' retirement celebrations.
Through sobs Sherri said she considered "The View" as her family. She even named former co-hosts Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Bahar and her sisters for life. She mentioned Jenny and Whoopi as been part of her inner circle. She also said that she too had “exciting news” that she would be announcing in the future, adding that she’ll promote her new gig on "The View" because Walters has taught her to promote her jobs. Sherri concluded her remarks sobbing and saying, “I love the cast and crew who took me in and made me feel like this is my family. I love you."