By Michael Slezak
Updated June 29, 2006 at 11:10 PM EDT

So Star Jones finally popped the lid on The View Escape Hatch™. Or rather, Barbara Walters and the show’s producers hit the button on The View Host Ejector™. Either way, a replacement is required ASAP for the outspoken, shoe-loving, large-headed attorney. The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan has some intriguing suggestions — Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard (the better to battle the Hasselbot!) — but do any of those women fill the void on the daytime chatfest’s hosting panel?

Think about it: While it’s been the accepted thinking that Rosie O’Donnell is taking over the seat vacated by Meredith Vieira, isn’t Rosie actually the new Star Jones, an unpredictable, name-dropping, polarizing self-promoter? Which means The View still needs its Meredith, a brainy, engaging interviewer with some hint of a news background. The blogfather suggests CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, but I’d try to recruit The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee, whose subtle verbal daggers would be a welcome change of pace from the show’s typical pots-and-pans-clanging-together repartee.

Who would you hire, PopWatchers? Quick, before Babs goes and offers the seat to some of-the-moment comic like Gilbert Gottfried.

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