“The View” struggles to find a “real” conservative co-host
Help Sought: A conservative “The View” co-host who comes with a Liberal stamp of approval – and a guarantee that she won’t outshine the other women on the show.
This seemingly impossible job description, according to sources connected to ABC’s top-rated daytime show, is why “The View” cannot find or keep a permanent conservative co-host to join liberal to moderate mainstays Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines six months after Meghan McCain’s tense departure.
Instead, the panel show started by Barbara Walters – now 92 and long retired – in 1997 has turned into a revolving door of recurring or recurring co-hosts. At least one promising potential hire has gone south during New York City’s vaccine tenures.
“It drives Whoopi crazy,” a former ABC News executive told The Post. “The fact that people come in and go out without anyone permanently interrupting the flow. “
But some wonder why a conservative outcast would even want to join us.
“Don’t underestimate how mean some people around the table can be,” said the former ABC executive. “There are those who will not want to sign because of this. “
Current executive producer Brian Teta, previously longtime producer of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” is too fond of people, the former ABC executive said. “The sign goes right above him. He won’t want to choose someone who will drive other people crazy. So I really wonder who makes the casting decisions there now.
Teta declined to comment. A spokeswoman for “The View” sent an email in a statement saying, “The [show’s] the co-hosts have a great chemistry, and we can’t wait to find the right person to join these smart, funny and fearless women. Executive producer Brian Teta’s solid plan to select a new co-host is well underway.
“‘The View’ hasn’t had a Tory host for a long time,” Tory author Candace Owens told The Post. “It was kind of a joke to hire Meghan McCain during Trump’s day. She did not reflect the views of the country’s Conservatives and she lambasted us. They are afraid of having a real curator on the network. These ladies aren’t exactly the most intellectual ladies. I don’t think they work for the truth.
McCain’s final episode aired on August 6 after she appeared on the show for four seasons. The 37-year-old said she wanted to move her family to Washington, DC, but there were tensions during her tenure, including on-air fighting with Behar. McCain wrote in his book Audible, “Bad Republican” posted on Oct. 21 that she had a good relationship with Goldberg after starting the series in 2017. Goldberg, McCain said, had promised her father John McCain that she would “take care of me.”
But after about two years, McCain said, Whoopi turned on her – which she said was the kiss of death at “the table.”
“As the country got worse under Trump, the treatment of Whoopi, Joy and some of the staff became meaner and less forgiving,” McCain said in his book. “It was as if I had become the avatar of everything they hated about the President.”
McCain, who is considered a moderate conservative and has distanced herself from the Republican Party, showed her contempt for President Trump on the show.
An ABC source close to “The View” denied that executives are struggling to find a new conservative co-host and said the plan was still to try a mix of former guest co-hosts and new ones. people at the start of the new year. .
Condoleezza Rice, Carly Fiorina, Eboni K. Williams, Cameran Eubanks, Gretchen Carlson, Tara Setmayer and former Trump spokeswoman Alyssa Farah are among those who have replaced McCain since McCain left and may still be in vying for a permanent position. Former New York Times writer and Bari Weiss, current star of Substackalong with CNN’s SE Cupp and Fox News’s Kat Timpf are among the other “conservative” names that would be considered by the producers of “View”.
Miami-based Fox News star Lisa Marie Boothe was reportedly courted by ABC executives to replace McCain earlier this year, but the deal is said to have collapsed because Boothe is against vaccination warrants – which are in place in New York, which houses the studio “The View”.
Ann Coulter’s name has been presented online as a possible permanent candidate, notably by political scholar Mickey Kaus.
“Yes, of course, I would like to [take the job] but they’ll never choose me, ”Coulter told The Post. “[It seems] they don’t mean what they say. You may be exposing a double-secret requirement: You have to be a stupid, easy-to-manipulate Republican.
A source with close ties to “The View” said Coulter’s assessment of his chances is perfect.
“They’ll never take Ann Coulter,” the source told the Post. “They’re really looking for someone who can have a polite case for raising the grades without getting too aggressive. They are also not looking for someone who could possibly win an argument.
Owens said she’s heard her name appear a few times as a possible candidate but, like Coulter, she doubts the show would really consider her – even if she too would accept the gig. Owens told the Post that the show declined to have it when it launched its book earlier this year.
“In its 25 year history, ‘The View’ has only had two successful Conservative co-hosts – Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Meghan McCain”, Ramin Setoodeh, author of the bestselling book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, “told the Post.
“It’s an incredibly difficult seat to fill because you need a Republican who isn’t so extreme that he consumes every conversation. She must also perform in front of a daytime audience. Most of the candidates they’ve tried this season have been too wobbly, ”added Setoodeh. “The View” is not “Hardball”. “
The show’s insider agreed and went further, alleging that the executives of “The View” and ABC are pro-liberal and, at the same time, hypocritical.
“The fundamental problem here is that there are all these conditions on the type of preservative [they want] to come to the show, ”the insider said. “There is no condition for some kind of liberal to be on the show. Right off the bat, it’s not a hand that’s fair. As “The View” scrambles to determine whether someone they want to have is too conservative or not, they aren’t paying maternity leave to their talent.
“For all of their ‘liberal family value’ bulls, none of this matters when it comes to putting their money with their mouths. It’s one of those open secrets that people are constantly outraged about.
Another “View” insider told The Post that all full-time employees at the company are granted paid parental leave, although some people working for the network may have individual contracts with different specifics. This season, according to a network source, “The View” ranks # 1 in household and total viewers among talk shows and network daytime news programs.
Debbie Matenopoulos, now 47, was chosen by Walters herself for the original cast of “The View” and co-hosted on the show for two years. She returned in October as part of her “Flashback Friday” series and said at the time that Ana Navarro, a regular recurring guest, was “Mean and mean” to her.
Matenopoulos told The Post she received information that made her believe the producers of “The View” brought her back in part as a ploy for contract negotiations from other hosts.
“I think Sara Haines’ contract was over and they were laughing at her,” Matenopoulos told The Post. “I think I was a pawn, a ploy in their game. Then they thought I was going to take Ana Navarro’s job.
When she left, McCain written in Variety: “The atmosphere of ‘The View’ breeds drama: producers cannot control hosts, manage conflicts or control leaks. My take on the show is that working on “The View” brings out the worst in people. I believe all the women and staff are working in conditions where the culture is so fucked up, it looks like quicksand. ”
In fact, said Matenopoulos, “The View” isn’t her kind of place anymore and she isn’t even sure she wants to come back full time.
“The show has changed so much,” she said. “Our show was so light and fun, a group of women sitting at a table and saying where they were coming from. It’s now an uncompromising political show – which I think was never Barbara’s intention. Whichever Republican person they have, I hope she speaks perhaps more like the housewife with three kids and less like she writes for Politico. They need someone with a big heart who will help heal the country, not continue to divide it. “