Generally the only time I watch the morning talk shows is when my current celebrity crush is appearing on them so that’s my only frame of reference for what’s out there currently. I did try to watch The View back when it started because I liked the concept of five women with different backgrounds talking about contemporary issues. Since Barbara Walters brought her idea to life in 1997, 20 different women have filled the five seats at the table. Last week, the latest round of “Whose Leaving The View” went to Candace Cameron Bure after mysteriously disappearing for several weeks. Whether Candace’s departure was the catalyst or not, Page Six reported on an exclusive from Walters’ in which they said,
She feels (ABC Execs) ruined the franchise that she and Bill Geddie built. Instead of focusing on smart, educated women with strong talent, they cast uninformed child actors on the show. The legacy has been compromised because of poor casting and bad leadership under ABC News.
Apparently, ABC News responded by saying, “There’s no better producer than Barbara Walters, and we’re always grateful for her notes about the show. The ratings are up, and we’re very proud of the team.”
All of that is the backstory as to why Julie Chen, who moderates the similar show, The Talk on CBS, is talking trash about The View. While on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, he asked her a viewer question about her thoughts on Walters’ comments. This is what she said:
Other than champing at the bit to answer, Julie began diplomatically. She said she believed the whole Page Six article, both Walters and the execs comments. But then she infers that Walters does not feel ABC is listening to her suggestions, which Walters never said. The crux of Walters’ comments is the poor host selection. And even that is a more recent development. Up until 2013, many of the hosts stayed for close to a decade, with the one notable exception of Rosie O’Donnell who barely lasted a season during both her stints. After 2013, other than Whoopie Goldberg, most of the hosts stay for a season or two. The quality of host has shifted from Meredith Vieira and Lisa Ling to Jenny McCarthy and Raven-Symoné.
Even though The Talk was modeled after the British chat show Loose Women, it is most commonly compared to The View and the rating battles usually comes down to the two. The View took the top spot during the last sweeps so anything Chen says comes off as petty, regardless of her intent. Plus, this is not the first time she criticized The View. I’m not looking to defend The View as a show because it’s barely a shadow of its former self. But I will defend it against Chen on this because even though I agree with her that I should know who the hosts of The View are and I don’t, I can say the same thing for The Talk – and that has nothing to do with revolving chairs.
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