Rosie O’Donnell is in serious talks to rejoin The View: good choice or don’t bother?

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As you’ve heard, The View’s panel had a recent shakeup. It was announced that Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will be leaving the show. The firings are thought to be a reaction to the talkshow’s recent dip in ratings, which just happened to coincide with McCarthy joining a year ago.

McCarthy and Shepherd said their goodbyes on air yesterday, with both of them spinning the story like it was their own idea instead of the fact that they got canned. McCarthy said she’s leaving to do a talkshow or something (she had her own show on VH1 prior to this, and that didn’t work out.) Shepherd compared her reign on The View with the biblical story about God creating the earth in seven days. Yes she did that. US Weekly reports:

“Let me tell you what is going on. I am so grateful to have worked with Barbara Walters in her last year, along with many producers and co-hosts,” McCarthy began. “Upon consideration, I took a new job which allows me to do what I do best, which is talk without interrupting anyone.” She didn’t go into more detail about the gig, but she did hint at some friendly competition. “I love the fans that supported us, so stay tuned—even if it does compete with The View,” she said cryptically.

Shepherd, 47, took center stage next, and almost teared up before she started talking. “A lot of producers have known since the spring that I didn’t intend to return after my contract ends in August,” she said. Then, seeming to allude to recent reports of strife with her estranged husband Lamar Sally, she added, “I didn’t want to discuss anything in my personal life because I didn’t want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and her [retirement] celebration in May.”

She continued: “You know I’m a woman of faith, and seven is the number of God’s completion. I’ve been here seven years, and my time with The View is complete. I’m going to forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and making me learn things, helping me step out of my comfort zone. They gave me a chance.”

That chance turned out to be one of the great experiences of Shepherd’s life. “I want to say I made friendships and sisterhoods. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar—you are my sister. You have been a mentor to me. I love you so much,” she said of her former View co-hosts. “Whoopi Goldberg, she’s always had my back.”

[From US Weekly]

I love how McCarthy is like “I got a new job, suck it” while Sherri thinks her departure is somehow related to her literal understanding of the creation myth. Bless her heart.

Now there’s the question of who will continue on The View now that Sherri and Jenny are gone and Barbara Walters has retired. Whoopi is the only panel member left, and I would imagine she’s somewhat ambivalent about that. As many people have speculated, (including Kaiser!), Rosie O’Donnell may actually come back.

Rosie of course left in 2007 after a shouting match with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who finally left the show last July. Rosie publicly buried the hatchet with the show, and with Barbara Walters, in an appearance on The View as a guest this February. Now TMZ reports that Rosie is in “active negotiations” to rejoin the panel.

This makes me wonder if producers were planning to can Sherri and Jenny earlier this year and if Rosie’s guest appearance was a kind of test run. I enjoy watching Rosie and I still remember her awesome solo talk show. I think it would be a great idea if she came back, and I know that she was good for ratings. Remember all those feuds she got in with Donald Trump? Good times. Rosie and Whoopi = 90s dream team. Plus cranky Barbara is finally gone. They could turn this thing around.

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  1. Erinn says:

    I find her vile. Though, I don’t like ANY of the women on the view, nor do I watch it. So they can do whatever.

    • Rhiley says:

      Yeah, I think they should just can the whole View and move on.

    • iheartjacksparrow says:

      I only watched two episodes, during the first couple of years of the show, and hated every second. They were so busy talking that they wouldn’t let their guests say more than two words.

  2. swedish chef says:

    No way. If it’s come to this, then it’s time to cancel the show.

  3. Nev says:

    yes love it!

  4. annaloo. says:

    ONLY if they also bring in Sarah Palin. Please JAYSUS let that happen. I will buy so much popcorn.

    • mollie says:

      I loathe Sarah Palin, but that would be thing that her creepy, hateful followers need in order to finally believe she is not going to run for President, and then maybe she won’t be able to grift them successfully anymore.

      Love Rosie.

  5. tanesha86 says:

    I love the idea of her coming back. I think she’ll help bring legitimacy back to the show and help counter some of Whoppi’s apathy

  6. Sabrine says:

    Oh I know the haters are going to trash her in droves on here. So be it. Who cares. I find Rosie endlessly entertaining. First, it was her hugely successful t.v. show, TROS, where she left a lot of disappointed fans when she left on top after six years. Then I listened to her show on Sirius; again, I was never bored when Rosie was entertaining us on the drive in to work. And now I’ll be watching the View again because hopefully, she is coming back. YAY!

  7. QQ says:

    Why cant they just cancel this mess if theyve fired everyone??

    • Monkey Towz says:

      I agree. Let this mess die already. I can’t stand Rosie and her sanctimonius (sp?) attitude. She’s better than Hasselback, but not by much.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree. Does anybody watch that show anymore? I never did except a few times when I was sick and too lazy to switch channels. Just cancel it already.

  8. Brittney B says:

    I’m surprised at how great she looks in these pictures! If she’s been taking care of her mind and body, she’s probably perfect for the reboot.

  9. Patricia says:

    She is a huge drama queen. She reminds me of my older sister – she feels entitled to dish out all the “hard truths” to others (aka be an outspoken, pushy bitch) but she runs crying and saying people are being mean the second it comes back in her direction.

    • someone says:

      Agreed, and it is always negative drama. Does anything positive ever come out of Rosie’s mouth?

      • KC says:

        You must be too young to remember her talk show. She was better at Ellen’s game than even Ellen is.

  10. Kayl says:

    Why not just watch The Talk? They don’t shout over each other, for one…

  11. Kiddo says:

    Beating a dead horse three times over. Just bury the show already.

  12. HH says:

    I might tune in again. They had already lost me because Sherri was such a moron, so I have no feedback on Jenny. Rosie and Whoopi would be great. Side note: hopefully their rival “The Talk” will fire Sheryl Underwood who’s idiocy is becoming insufferable.

  13. Talie says:

    The show became great while Rosie was on and after because she elevated the conversation. Elisabeth really has Rosie to thank for getting her to be more political.

  14. Jenns says:

    I have a soft spot for Rosie. I know she has her issues, but I still love her. That being said, NO to this return. It won’t end well.

  15. j9 says:

    This reeks of desperation.

  16. cubfan34 says:

    They should get rid of Whoopi. She always seems bored.

  17. Jess says:

    As a child of the 80s and a young adult of the 90s I will always love Whoopi and Rosie. I don’t watch the View but may have to check it out if the two of them run it!

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      And Whoopi was with Ted Danson – Made in America! and in real life as well.

  18. Kenny Boy says:

    I hope Tina Fey writes a couple parts for Sherri. She was HILARIOUS on 30 Rock. HAM.

  19. JudyK says:

    I quit watching The View long ago, because I became so weary of Barbara and her tedious control–she should have retired about five years ago. The show is old and dated and adding Jenny McCarthy made it completely unwatchable. Additionally, Sherri is so mindless that she admires the likes of Kate Gosselin.

    I’ll say one thing…the show was never boring when Rosie and Hasselbeck were on (together). It had some spice and life to it…it died long ago. Let’s bury it already.

  20. feebee says:

    Not the biggest Rosie fan but she had some good arguments (as in pov not arguments with…) they could do worse than revert to some deeper thinking. She had her own show and she’s proven she can handle the format. She’s quick with a quip on the lighter stuff but she has things to say on the political front. They’ve gone way too shallow and ass-kissy. Even low-brow and they weren’t even that high to begin with.

    They need to elevate their subject matter and their discussions and if that comes with Rosie, then fine maybe I’ll tune in every now and again. If they can’t do that then by all means shut up shop, but I’d hate for the likes of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy or their fans to be able to claim say the programme couldn’t survive without them.

    There must be a few good women out there…..

  21. lassie says:

    I’ll always have a soft spot for Rosie. My mother-in-law, who has late stage Alzheimer’s and is now non verbal, was a huge fan of Rosie’s show. One of my regrets is not getting tickets before she got really bad. Whenever I see Rosie, it reminds me of my MIL and how awesome she was.

  22. briargal says:

    Noooo! Can’t stand her but then I quit watching The View a loooonnnnggg time ago. Even before the argument between Rosie and Elizabeth. Hate when they just talk over one another all the time. I agree with those who say it’s time to cancel the show!

  23. RTMS says:

    Nobody is going to watch if it’s all liberal/democrats yapping all the time. They need at least one good conservative talker who can go toe to toe with either Rosie and or Whoopi on the stupid things they say. Other wise it’s just the Talk in disguise. How this show has fallen to such low levels is just embarrassing for them. They lost so much cred when Veria left the show.

  24. joan says:

    Rosie and Whoopie are a good start. But they’re both heavyweights — no pun intended, I mean they can be quick, smart, and funny, plus they have that wildcard streak where you can’t be sure what they’ll say next — so the others would have to be substantial enough to stand up, or they’ll get steamrolled.

  25. Kori says:

    They should just give Rachel Campos-Duffy a slot–they’ve tried her out enough. She lost out to Lisa Ling then Elizabeth Hasselbeck then Jenny McCarthy. I don’t agree with her politics at all but she’s a riendly, well-spoken personality. She’s a die-hard Republican, Hispanic, Catholic with a minor disability (limp after a near-fatal car accident)—she would bring something different if they want a conservative voice on the panel. I used to watch the View back in the day and never understood why they went with EH over her. She’s currently expecting her 7th child with husband, and fellow Real World castmember (different seasons), Rep. Sean Duffy.

  26. Ang says:

    Cancel it and tune in to The Talk its entertainment!

  27. Savanna says:

    I just re-watched that clip from back in the day and holy crap Rosie is awesome. I was on board at “I don’t wanna play that kind of football”. God Elizabeth is a nut.

  28. Listerino says:

    I don’t watch the show, but I love Rosie so I would consider watching for her – if only Whoopi wasn’t on. I can’t stand her. I think they definitely made the right decision kicking off McCarthy and her crazy nut views on autism etc, but I don’t really know Sherri so can’t comment on that. She seems kind of sweet though from the few times I’ve flicked over and seen her on that game show for newlyweds she was hosting.
    I think like some of you have said if you’re going to can pretty much everybody (like they have for American Idol) then you might as well just scrap the whole show. People get bored easily these days and the show has been going too long.