According to the Huffington Post on Thursday, co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCartney are leaving “The View.” In a written statement Thursday, Shepherd said that after careful consideration she has decided it’s time to move on after seven years, and McCarthy confirmed that she was also stepping down after just one season.
It was rumored that McCarthy’s contract was not being renewed. It was also rumored last Nov. that Shepherd had already begun looking for other opportunities because she believed her job would not be secure after Barbara Walters left the show.
In her statement Shepherd said, “It’s been seven wonderful years on ‘The View’ and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”
McCarthy tweeted news of her departure on Thursday evening. She said, “My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year.”
In a separate statement, ABC seemed to suggest that the departures were less than voluntary. The network claims “The View” will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively. The network didn’t give any specifics. TMZ claimed that the two women had been fired. The Associated Press reported that Shepherd and ABC had failed to agree on terms for a new contract.
Over the last year, there have been other departures of co-hosts from “The View” such as Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar and Barbara Walters. Now two more co-hosts have announced their departures This means that Whoopi Goldberg is the only as remaining host on ABC’s popular daytime talk morning talk show. She is expected to return for Season 18. There has been no immediate indication as to who would replace Shepherd or McCarthy or Walters who left in May. What we can safely say is that when the new season begins in the fall, the show will be different.
ABC declined to discuss Shepherd or McCarthy’s status but issued a statement saying change is ahead for the show, which is on hiatus but returns in July to finish out the current season. Therefore, there might be no mention of the two departures on the upcoming episodes.
CBS’s rival daytime talk show, “The Talk” is slowly moving up. Perhaps with so much people leaving “The View,” the television audience will become fans of “The Talk” which seems to be keeping its co-host with includes Sara Gilbert, the show’s founder and executive producer.