Is Hoda Kotb Heading To “The View”?
The New York Post is reporting that The View is interested in adding Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of the Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford, to its diminished roster.
Three of The View‘s hosts — Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who has already left the show for Fox & Friends, Joy Behar, and Barbara Walters herself — are leaving the show over the next year or so.
According to the Post, Kotb would replace Behar and add journalism experience to the panel, something that has been lacking since Meredith Vieira left. “She also adds some diversity to the panel,” the paper quotes a source saying. Which is strange because Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd are on the panel, but OK.
Kotb has hosted Today with Kathie Lee since 2007. And while the hour can become a wine-fueled gaffe machine, it’s entertaining enough to make it a ratings winner for the show, which has fallen from its top spot — to GMA — in the months since Ann Curry was booted from the anchor desk and Savannah Guthrie was added.
“Insiders believe NBC would hustle to keep its Kotb/Gifford partnership intact,” the Post says. Moreover, sources add that Kotb is happy where she is, and another ABC source says the story isn’t true.