Another two hosts bite the dust! On Monday, co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy said goodbye (for real!) to “The View” in a taped episode that marked their final episode of the ABC daytime chat fest. Shortly before the show aired, Shepherd tweeted, “Today 8/11 is the day! Watch my farewell episode of @TheViewTV! It's a fun & heartfelt show = it's very Sherri! #The View."
Both Shepherd and McCarthy were emotional for their last live appearance on the show last week, but Monday’s taped episode featured a special tribute to Shepherd, who was a co-host on the daily talk show for seven years. Arsenio Hall and gospel singers Yolanda Adams, and Donnie McClurkin appeared in the emotional homage to Shepherd.
Now, with two more “View” seats vacated, longtime viewers are ready to find out who will be on the panel for the show’s 18th season, which is set to debut on Sept. 15.
Last week, “The View” began taping in front of an audience of 50 people to "chemistry test" contenders for the spot, and returning host Rosie O'Donnell reportedly got into a verbal showdown with one contender, conservative political commentator S.E. Cupp. According to TMZ.com the debate got so heated that longtime host Whoopi Goldberg jumped in, too.
Although no official announcement on the co-host replacements has been released by ABC, Radar Online has already reported that it’s a done deal. The celebrity gossip site has revealed that political commentator Nicolle Wallace, 42, and NFL wife October Gonzalez, 38, have been signed for the highly coveted spots.
But a network rep told E! News: “Chemistry tests were conducted with Whoopi and Rosie O’Donnell. No decisions have been made and there is nothing to announce at this time." One thing that was revealed was that longtime executive producer, Bill Geddie, will no longer be involved in day-to-day production of the show.
Last week, ET Online revealed the complete lineup chemistry test contenders and described CNN's Sunny Hostin as “one of the obvious front-runners” for the revamped panel. CNN’s Ann Navarro also made the list, as did “Good Day L.A.” anchor Lauren Sanchez, Stephanie Ruhle of Bloomberg, ESPN alums Sage Steel and Jemele Hill, and conservative commentator Kayleigh McEnany.
“The View” has had a long list of departing co-host in its 17-year history including Lisa Ling, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Head honcho Barbara Walters retired from the show she created in May.