Good thing Nicolle Wallace keeps up with current events in the press: The outgoing View co-host says that she didn’t know the ABC News program wanted to drop her until she read about it in a Hollywood trade.
“They never called me,” Wallace told Variety. “The night [a second story ran in Variety], they summoned my agent and told me they’d like to consider me for a contributor role, and they also made me an offer at ABC News to do the conventions and debates. … They asked me to be on The View for one day a week. I felt like if it had been two days a week or enough time to have more of a presence, I’d consider it. They weren’t interested in negotiating with me. It didn’t make sense for me.”
Wallace also said she had no idea that ABC News was unhappy with her work on the talk show.
“I had never had one note from anybody inside the entire organization during the entire season,” she said. “No one said a word to me. Maybe I should have seen it coming. Not after a single show, a single Hot Topic or a single interview. It was like being invisible. But not in an unpleasant way.”
Rosie O’Donnell’s decision to leave the show in February also came as a surprise to Wallace, who admits that she read about departure in the press, too.
“For me, I was sort of like Forrest Gump,” Wallace said about this season. “I was standing there and all this crazy stuff was happening, but I didn’t know anything different. It loved it all. Was it difficult? It was my first foray into that world. I was on the Sarah Palin campaign, so I’d certainly seen extraordinary and dramatic things take place before. There were some extraordinary and dramatic moments during the Rosie O’Donnell part of the season. I don’t think she felt it was what she signed up for, so there was some exasperation.”
When the show returns for a 19th season in September, a rotating stable of contributors will fill in on the panel that now features newbies Raven-Symoné and comedienne Michelle Collins.
Read the full interview over at Variety.
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