The View has found the first of several replacement hosts the show needs to sign on in the coming year. Earlier we reported that actress and famous vaccine protestor Jenny McCarthy was in talks to join ABC’s daytime talk show, but on Monday, those talks turned to contracts and the actress’ presence as a host on the veteran show starting this September has been confirmed.
The news shouldn’t come as a huge shock. McCarthy is no stranger to The View’s stage, having appeared on the show 17 times during its lengthy tenure on the air. More importantly, however, she also has hosting experience, having signed on to fill in and guest host on eight different occasions. She’s usually energetic and bubbly on the panel, and while she occasionally gives some advice straight out of left field, she has an interesting perspective as a single mom that should fit in well on the show.
McCarthy has signed on to the program to replace Joy Behar, who announced she would be leaving the series back in March. Her last day is expected to be in August, after which she is expected to pursue other showbiz interests, including possibly hosting a solo talk show. Since Behar has actually been a part of The View for 16 years, it’s a little hard to imagine the panel without her, but it seems as if McCarthy at least has the chops to fill her shoes.
Although Behar was the first to announce she was leaving the series, Elisabeth Hasselbeck actually quit first, in order to head over to Fox News, where she will fill a chair on that network’s show, Fox & Friends. Following her out the door will be Barbara Walters, who will retire from TV in 2014. As an executive producer on the series, it was actually Walters who announced McCarthy would be joining the team on Monday.
"Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View."
Beyond her View experience, McCarthy also hosted The Jenny McCarthy Show on VH1 for a season, so she should be able to capably jump in to the daytime talk show game. It’s a good thing, too, as The View will still be on the hunt for two more hosts in the coming months. The easier the transition with Jenny goes, the easier it will be to accept the other new names ABC decides to sign on.