'The View' eyes Monica Lewinsky for hosting role
Could Monica Lewinsky join ABC’s The View?
There’s some degree of interest there. Lewinsky has been invited to be a guest on an upcoming episode to promote her anti-bullying campaign. Beyond that, a person close to the ABC daytime chat show says the production would “love” to have the former White House intern as a guest co-host. Such gigs can often serve as tryouts for more permanent positions on the series.
The View has been wounded in the last year by cast shake-ups, slipping ratings, and reports of backstage fighting. With the recent departure of Rosie O’Donnell, The View currently only has three co-hosts—actress Rosie Perez, analyst Nicolle Wallace, and comic actress Whoopi Goldberg. That leaves two seats vacant. Meanwhile, Lewinsky has re-emerged into the public eye over the last year by embracing an anti-cyber-bullying message, including penning a Vanity Fair essay about her affiar with Bill Clinton and giving a TED Talk.
But as Deadline pointed out, since The View is produced by ABC News, having Lewinsky as a permanent part of the show could make it tougher for the news division to get access to presumed Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Last year, CBS Late Show host David Letterman asked The View‘s executive producer Barbara Walters if she would be interested in Lewinsky joining the show. “I think it would be great if she were on The View,” Walters replied. “I wouldn’t expect it tomorrow.”