In the announcement, ABC News called Behar “one of the most-beloved personalities in the talk show’s history having co-hosted for seasons 1-16,” adding, “While equally at ease performing standup comedy or interviewing politicians and celebrities, Behar brings honesty, humor, irreverence, with an authentic and intelligent point of view on every topic.”
“Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in,” said Behar. “And I’m looking forward to sticking my two cents into the hot topics, especially now that Hillary and the Donald are in the spotlight.”
ABC News also made official Sherri Shepherd’s returning to The View as a lead contributor for the upcoming 19th season. Though ABC did not announce details, she’s expected to appear in about 50 episodes across the season.
Shepherd is leading a group of contributors that includes Stacey London, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, Molly Sims, GOP strategist (and CNN contributor, and frequent guest on ABC News’ Sunday Beltway Show This Week) Ana Navarro, announced in this morning’s email, finalizing the stable of contributors to the daytime talker that’s been flopping about creatively and ratings-wise the past couple seasons.
In addition to Behar, ABC News confirmed Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris are joining the panel of regular co-hosts on the show. That’s in addition to Whoopi Golderg, Raven-Symone and Michelle Collins.
Yes that makes six co-hosts, and we’ve reported the show was reverting back to a five co-host gameplan after this past season’s stab at four. For the coming season, there will, in fact, be just five co-hosts seated around the table at any given time. In addition to signaling a major investment in the show, having a whopping six co-hosts allows someone with a commitment to tape a Netflix series, or rehearse her role in a new B’way play maybe, the flexibility to do so without causing so much disruption to the ABC show.
Also look for a bulking up of the Hot Topics segment next season, says an insider with knowledge of the situation.
This past season’s co-host Nicolle Wallace will not be among the stable of contributors who have been recruited to fill in when the co-hosts go off to make Netflix comedy series or whatever, in a stab at bringing stability to the show. Earlier this month, having put to shame her detractors by demonstrating a Kommanding Kardashian Knowledge after they dinged her for lack of pop-culture savvy, Wallace determined she had nothing more to prove on the show and declined the producers’ offered demotion to contributor.
The latest overhaul comes as ABC News looks to correct the course of the veteran daytime talk show after a turbulent 18th season, the first without co-creator Barbara Walters, marked by ratings losses and on-air talent misfires. That’s not to be confused with the 17th season, which was marked by ratings losses and on-air talent departures. That exodus included Shepherd, who left last August after failing to agree on contract terms with ABC. Also departing: Walters and Jenny McCarthy.
Wallace was one of the new co-hosts named in the aftermath, as the program looked to revive ratings and stabilize its talent slate. Wallace’s exit meant all of those new co-hosts brought in for this just-wrapped season are gone. In addition to Wallace, the show’s 18th Season Flotsam/Jetsam List includes Rosie O’Donnell, who was out after a few months, and Rosie Perez, who announced her exit in July.