15 Replacements For Sherri Shepherd And Jenny McCarthy On “The View”
“The View” has been a long-running daytime staple on television for 17 years but after creator and founder Barbara Walters officially stepped down in May, the show shocked fans last Friday by announcing that co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy would no longer be on the series either. Here’s a list of potential celebrities and personalities that could take a seat at the table.
When Barbara Walters first came up with the concept for the show, she envisioned an all-female panel. While “The View” has maintained that vision, celebrity men have appeared on the show as guest co-hosts. Ross Mathews worked his way up from an intern on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to a television personality all of his own and has become a regular on the panel of Chelsea Handler’s show “Chelsea Lately.” Mathews has sat at the table before with the ladies of “The View” and would make history by becoming the first male to join the show as a regular.
Twenty five years ago, Rosie Perez made her first major acting debut in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.” The famed director spotted Perez shaking her groove thing in the club and gave her the start she needed. Following a career in television, film and on Broadway, Perez became a community activist for Puerto Rican rights. Adding some Latin flavor to the co-hosts on “The View” would make the panel even more diverse.
“Glee” helped make Jane Lynch a household name but she’s proved that she could do a lot more than act as a coach on television. The 53-year-old actress has some experience holding her own as a television host. Lynch filled in several times for a vacationing Rachel Maddow and she’s shown that she has stellar comedic timing when she did a dramatic reading of disgraced former Congressman’s Anthony Weiner’s sexually explicit texts on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
After entertaining daytime watchers with her own talk show for six years, Rose O’Donnell returned to morning television on “The View.” Even though she’s a comedian by trade, O’Donnell proved she knew a lot more about politics and her strong political views made for some interesting television in the form of on-air disputes. She was especially opposed to the Bush administration and their handling of the Iraqi war. Even though her arguments with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselback brought the show its highest ratings, O’Donnell was not asked to come back to “The View.”
She’s one of the hardest working octogenarians in Hollywood. Joan Rivers keeps herself busy with not one, not two, but three different television shows but if she was asked to join “The View,” the comedian could find some free time in her schedule. She even had her own daytime talk show back in the early 90’s and won an Emmy awards for her hosting duties. As a guest, Rivers has delivered some of the most entertaining moments on “The View.”
Star Jones was one of the original “The View” co-hosts and it would be fitting if the television personality came back to her old stomping grounds. She was on the show for nine years but by the end, Jones had left a bad taste in the mouth of viewers and her fellow co-hosts. The one-time practicing lawyer and senior ADA was less than forthcoming with the audience about her sudden weight loss from gastric bypass surgery. And her constant plugging on the air about her wedding and its suppliers and sponsors left the higher ups at the show agitated. Jones’s contract wasn’t renewed and catching Barbara Walters off guard, Jones made the surprise announcement that she wasn’t asked back live on air, making for one of the most memorable moments on the show.
She’s controversial and she’s hilarious, two things any good television talk show could benefit from. Sarah Silverman has been performing stand-up since the mid 90’s and her routines often address racism, sexism and religious beliefs. Although half of America may not agree with the former “SNL” writer, the other half would find her humor on the show a refreshing break. Just as long as someone would be on hand to press the bleep button at a moment’s notice because it is a live show.
Wanda Sykes has been laying low since her short-lived late night show went off of the air but “The View” could be the perfect show to launch the comedian back into the spotlight. Ever since coming forward as being gay, Sykes has been a vocal proponent advocating LGBT rights. Although she wouldn’t be the first gay co-host to join the cast as a regular, she would be the first gay, Black co-host but more than that she would bring her signature dry sense of humor to the show.
Sure she has her own talk show but wouldn’t it be nice to see Wendy Williams pull double duty and be a regular at the table? Taking a cue from Michael Strahan, who can be seen on both “Live with Kelly and Michael” and “Good Morning America” on ABC, Wendy could bring her signature flair when discussing hot topics. Never one to shy away from giving her own opinion and having her own leads for stories, Williams is also a pro at interviewing guests and celebrities.
Yes, she’s a loud mouth who’s very inappropriate but if she can clean up her act every weekday morning for forty minutes or so then Lisa Lampanelli may be just the thing “The View” needs. Making a name for herself as the best insult comic, the 52-year-old self-proclaimed Queen of Mean defends her crown at the annual “Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts” where she’s flambéed everyone from David Hasselhoff to Flava Flav. The gig would be give the recent divorcee steady work as well.
Stacey Dash caught a lot of flack for being vocal in her support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. But at “The View,” every opinion is heard, even if it isn’t the most popular one. Perhaps most famous for playing an air-headed, rich high school student in “Clueless” when she was in her 20’s, Dash has recently been tapped as a cultural analyst for Fox News, something that could prepare her for her day-to-day duties at “The View.”
She’s coming up on the tail end of her cable show “Chelsea Lately.” Chelsea Handler has admitted that she’s over interviewing celebrities and has come to hate E!, the network that is home to her show, because of its fixation on the Kardashians. The comedian has announced she will be partnering with Netflix for her next project but that isn’t slated to make its debut until 2016, giving Handler plenty of time to get comfortable in her seat at “The View’s” table.
We loved her as Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s “The Office.” Mindy Kaling left the show in its last season to executive produce, write and star in a show of her very own. However, “The Mindy Project” wasn’t what many had hoped it would be. The show struggled to find an audience in the first season and ratings slipped even more for the second season. A best-selling author, Kaling could help boost the ratings of her show by appearing on “The View” every morning.
Her father John McCain ran for the highest office in the land and even though he was unsuccessful in his presidential bid in 2008, daughter Meghan McCain has become more popular than him. Even more of a moderate Republican than her father, Meghan is in favor of gay rights. A “New York Times” best-selling author, Meghan has appeared on MSNBC and has penned columns for “The Daily Beast” and could bring a younger voice and point of view to “The View.”