Whoopi Goldberg: She’s Leaving “The View” – Details On When
The Emmy-winning talk show host told Wendy Williams during an appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” to promote her new reality show, “Strut,” that her time on the flagship panel show will end after the summer of 2017.
“I have to do it baby. Because I have to go and grow. I have stuff I have to do. I’ve got movies I need to direct, I’ve got books I need to finish. This was great and I love doing it. It’s been a while,” she revealed.
When questioned about the show’s survival without her, Goldberg added: “They’re in their 20th season. They’ve been here for a while. They did this without me. I’ve been here for half of it but not all of it.”
Created by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie in 1997, “The View” was a first of its kind ensemble show that was aimed at speaking to women of multiple generations. Despite struggling in its earlier years, “The View” overcame its challenges and became dominant in its 11am ET timeslot, which was once considered cursed by ABC because no previous shows had success at that hour.
“The View” began with Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Debbie Matenopoulos—founder Walters initially only appeared a few times a week. The show would grow to become a pop culture phenomenon that constantly made headlines and was regularly-spoofed on “Saturday Night Live.”
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The first-ever daytime talk show ever visited by a sitting President of the United States (President Barack Obama appeared on the show on July 29, 2010), “The View” would also be co-hosted by Lisa Ling, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O’Donnell, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy before Walters retired in 2014.
After Walters retirement, ABC News took over the show mid-2014 and the series suffered with chemistry problems and a high-turnover volume. In two short years under ABC News, “The View” has had 10 new co-host additions.
Four of those co-hosts departed the show after one season (Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace, Michelle Collins and O’Donnell for a second time). Two hosts have been demoted to part-time status and appear only once a week (Raven-Symoné and Paula Farris).
Co-host Candace Cameron Bure is allowed to work part-time so she can film movies for Hallmark Channel and her series on Netflix; and with the exception of Goldberg and Behar, the remaining hosts rotate so much you can barely get to know them (Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines and Jedediah Bila).
And now, the 60-year-old Academy Award winner says she leaving as well.
“But I’m not gone yet,” she Goldberg reminded. So you know, I’m still there now. Don’t worry about it.”
In February, ABC announced it was picking up “The View” for one season, the current season 20. As of press time, there’s no word on whether “The View” will be renewed for season 21.
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