ABC's 'The View' is firing co-hosts left (Joy Behar) and right (Elizabeth Hasselbeck). Who's next?
Confession time: As someone who's tele-commuted for years, I've watched countless episodes of The View as I wrote or edited articles. It wasn't necessarily that I couldn't live with myself if I missed an episode, it was more like it was the only semi-interesting thing that was on at that time.
I'd watch it with half an ear, brain, eye as I waded my way through emails, articles and even photo research.
Some subjects didn't pertain to me: I'm not a parent, so hovering over my child as he/she did homework, socialized or played on the 'net didn't interest me. I hate Glee, so I'd ignore it whenever one of the cast members showed up. Sorry guys, I have an issue with the whole fourth wall thing--sue me.
The food, health, celebrity and style stuff of course piqued my interest--it's my beat and I'm insatiably curious.
My fave thing about the show was the opening banter between co-hosts. Entitled, "Hot Topics," The women would go at it as they parsed out the latest news stories and gossip items.
Watching the Neo-Con, perkily represented by Elizabeth Hasselbeck going at it (whatever the "it" was at the moment) over the (im) morality et al with Joy Behar, the show's left rep was amusing, to say the least. You could always count on Hasselbeck to somehow include prayers in some argument, the same could be said for Behar bringing in her usual counter-claims.
Sometimes the debates and I use that term very loosely, were moderated by Whoopi Goldberg. While I adore Goldberg's forthrightness, having seen her as Guinan on Star Trek (yes, I know she's had a bazillion roles, I know, I know...enough all ready), I always had to do a mental double-take.
While these openers were mildly amusing, they've been doing for so many years, by this year it sounded as if the debates weren't thoughts and emotions thrown hammer and tongs: Two vociferous viewpoints vying for dominance, it was more like they're doing it by rota. That it was expected of them. That the spittle and words flying were rehearsed, not heartfelt.
Mayhap that's why it was announced the other day in THR, that when Behar's contract ended in August, it wasn't going to be renewed. Her talk show on HLN didn't fare well, but Behar's claiming that she's been wanting to work on a play for quite awhile. Looks like she won't have any interruptions come September.
Behar's one of two people left from the original line-up. Shortly after it debuted, Barbara Walters or one of the producers dumped Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling (Debbie's replacement) left do do hard news, Meredith Viera left to do the Today Show, Star Jones was (presumably) fired due to her over-weening ego and Rosie O'Donnell lasted about a year. Somewhere in the mix came Hasselbeck and the latest addition was Sherri Shepherd.
You know something, I just scared myself. I had no idea that I knew all that. See what happens when you watch TV with half a brain!
Back to the topic at hand. I just read in the US Weekly that Hasselbeck's been axed from the show. According to the article, the firing is due to "The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing...People did not watch the show because of Elizabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed."
Here's my question: Why did it take a poll to tell the executives that Elizabeth was "too extreme and right wing?" I mean, didn't they watch the show every day or at least read the transcripts? If they'd bother to watch it, they would have found that out years ago.
I dunno, if it takes a poll and not watching a TV show to tell you someone sucks, then my dog could probably do a way better job ensuring the health and happiness of daytime TV then them.
Could Sherri or Whoopi be next? Will they replace everyone except Barbara with sock puppets? Would they get a panel of tweeners instead? Could my dog be a co-host? Don't laugh, she's very smart and polite. Would they attempt to bring back Rikki Lake and Sally Jesse Raphael to the same table? Can you think of any other female talk show host who's currently unemployed?
For all we know, audience ratings for The View may increase just because people want to see who'll be fired next.