Big changes are coming at The View. On this morning’s program, Joy Behar officially announced she was leaving the show. While there were rumors over the weekend that Barbara Walters may also be stepping down and that Elizabeth Hasselbeck was fired, those reports appear untrue for now. But we know there is at least one talk show chair to fill.
Joy Behar is considered by many to be the funniest of the group. It may be a long shot, but I’d love to see another feisty red-headed comedian replace her: Kathy Griffin. The fact that Griffin continually gets herself banned from the show won’t do her any favors, but it would be a way for a whole new audience to make the ABC morning show appointment television. She has her own show on Bravo, but its lack of ratings may entice her to switch things up. Her potential smackdowns with Hasselbeck would be legendary.
Almost immediately after Behar’s departure was announced, there were rumors that Brooke Shields would replace her. (A rep for The View told EW, “Everything was discussed at the top of today’s show. As far as Brooke Shields joining the show, I cannot confirm this rumor.” A rep for Shields had no comment.) The actress’ most recent appearance was playing Lady Nora in the Downton Abbey Jimmy Fallon spoof, so the frequent guest co-host (she’s sat in on the Today show, The Talk and Good Morning America) could definitely be looking for a new project.
Another funny lady that many women seem to like is Kirstie Alley. She’s always up for frank talk about her weight — a standard View topic — and she’s in the same age range as Behar. Some controversial opinions might put some viewers off, but she’d bring a unique perspective and likely has tons of celebrity friends she can cajole into silly appearances.
It’ll be interesting to see if the show picks someone similar to Behar, or if they try and completely retool the program and bring in a wild card (or two), like Meghan McCain. Who would you like to see join the panel?