So I’m an avid View watcher (nearly 17 years wow) and have been giving some thought to host replacements ever since Joy Behar announced that she was leaving(with Elizabeth Hasselbeck already out the door and BW leaving next year). The View has always struck me as a great launching pad for relatively unknown show biz people looking to kick-start their careers or just pick up a regular paycheck. As with any business, landing a coveted position comes with many perks including….
1. A way to promote yourself on a regular basis to a international audience.
2. No publicist needed-again you’re on a top rated show
3. The aforementioned steady paycheck
4. You have a forum for voicing your opinion-no matter how idiotic it is
5. A seat at the table opens up other doors that might be otherwise closed (remember EH went from being a survivor to nearly a decade on The View to Fox News)
6. Supplemental income- No one on the panel has just one job. Even Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg has had at least a couple of gigs both on and off Broadway; not to mention acting roles on TV.
7. Did I mention the steady paycheck and increased net worth? According to Yahoo news http://voices.yahoo.com/celebrity-net-worth-view-barbara-walters-whoopi-… as of Dec 2012 Barbara Walters was worth a reported $150 million. Whoopi Goldberg? $45 million. Joy? $8 million . EH is worth a reported $12 million after nearly a decade on the show; and even relative newcomer Sherri Shepherd is worth an estimated $10 million.
So who do I think would make a good co-host? Anyone filling these seats would have to bring the passion and fire (let’s face it… the show hasn’t been exciting since the Hasselbeck-O’Donnel feud of ’07).
1. Jenny McCarthy has already inked a deal to be the next co-host. She’s very likable, vocal, funny and beautiful and even a bit controversial. Everything the show needs.
2. Ann Curry-Someone really needs to do right by this women because let’s face it. She was royally screwed out of her coveted post last year. The View is a top rated show but it might be considered a step down for a seasoned journalist like Curry. But then again, it was created by another news veteran. Barbara Walters (let’s not forget that Merideth Viera went back to journalism after leaving the show). So maybe not such a far-fetched idea after all,
3. Brooke Shields- I like Brooke. She’s very likable but the few times she’s been on it’s been like crickets. Who cares? She’s smart, seasoned ,has an opinion. But I question if she’s willing to go toe to toe on the tough subjects. We’ll see.
4.Monica Crowley- While I don’t know much about this Fox News correspondent I think bringing in the conservative point of view is a great idea.
5.Joan Lunden- Another news vet who we don’t see nearly enough of on t.v. I think she’d bring journalistic credibility to the program after BW leaves.
Here are some suggestions others have made (and my thoughts)
6. Ricki Lake-No. Just no.
7.Khloe Kardashian- If I see one more Kardashian on one of my programs then I’m getting rid of the t.v. for good.
8.Amy Holmes-A regular guest on Glenn Beck, she’d hopefully be able to bring Beck’s cray-cray conservatism with her.
9. Sue Simmons– Something about her I really like.
10.Wanda Sykes- I like Sykes as a comedian. I’m not sure how well she’d fit in as a co-host.
11. Lily Tomlin-I like her but again. Crickets.
12. Gloria Steinhem- There’s something about her that I just like. I like her calm demeanor. I like her sophistication and I think she can bring a sense of order to the chaos and the cross talk.
13. Sara Silverman-I think she’d be good but too much of a wild card. Would she play well with others? Or would she mimic Whoopi’s nonplussed attitude and be unimpressed with every topic?
14.Bette Miler- Opinionated. But a bit of a diva I think.
15.Ann Coulter-Just for the fireworks alone.
16. Holly Robinson -Peete. Haven’t seen much of her since her firing from The Talk. I would love it if she’d come on if for no other reason than to tell all about what really happened on the show and to piss off the network execs at CBS.
Anyway, those are my picks. Let’s hope the new season of The View means a return to exhilarating talk and watchable TV.