‘The View:’ Meredith Vieira Cried When The Co-Host She Considered Her ‘Kid Sister’ Was Fired

by Jeremy Spirogis
Eleven co-hosts from "The View" come back to the show to celebrate show creator Barbara Walters

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain have been a constant crew on ABC’s daytime speak present The View for fairly a while, although they’re nonetheless trying to find a co-host to take the seat of former panelist Abby Huntsman, who exited the present in January.

Longtime followers of The View are effectively conscious that this system has seen its share of revolving co-hosts, the place some departures are by selection whereas different partings are by order of community execs. Meredith Vieira, one of many authentic panelists from the present’s launch in 1997, revealed that she felt one on-air persona’s termination was not essentially a good shake.

Eleven co-hosts from "The View" come back to the show to celebrate show creator Barbara Walters
“The View” (Bottom Row l-r) Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Barbara Walters (Top Row l-r) Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Ling, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O’Donnell, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy| Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

The authentic ‘View’ crew

In August 1997, The View debuted on ABC with Vieira, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, and the present’s creator, Barbara Walters, on the desk. Vieira served because the group’s moderator till June 2006, when she left to exchange Katie Couric on NBC’s Today Show.

The former 60 Minutes correspondent introduced credibility to The View along with her information on severe information subjects, whereas additionally exhibiting a enjoyable humorousness when coping with the present’s lighter fare. Vieira’s presence on the daytime talker served as an anchor to the staff and introduced a way of stability.

Last 12 months, Vieira gave a shout out to the present’s current political notoriety. “I’ll see the clips, like lots of people do. I’m thrilled that The View continues to be related and reinvent itself,” she instructed the Los Angeles Times. “And quite frankly those political candidates would not come on that show unless they felt there was a real need to be on that show.”

New child on the block

Matenopoulos was nonetheless a university pupil at NYU when she auditioned for The View with no expertise in tv. Yet Walters employed her to convey a younger vibe to the present. Looking again, Matenopoulos admitted she was out of her ingredient.

“I was a kid. I had no clue,” she instructed Ramin Setoodah for his e book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View. “How are you going to have an opinion if you haven’t lived it. I didn’t have the experience like the rest of them had.”

Despite her lack {of professional} credit, Matenopoulos felt that studio execs didn’t put together her in an efficient method. “They sent me to a coach to learn how to do things on television – blah, blah, blah,” she instructed Setoodah. “That was a waste of money. In hindsight, they needed to sit me down and go, ‘Here’s the deal: you’re too nervous.’”

The younger co-host’s inexperience was obvious on the air and started to be a turnoff to viewers. Her lack of awareness on present occasions and world information whereas sticking to subjects reminiscent of her relationship life quickly turned public fodder for comedies sketches on reveals like Saturday Night Live.

“The audience just didn’t like Debbie,” former government producer Bill Geddie revealed. “The older people were okay with her. They thought she was an idiot, but it was funny. Younger people didn’t see themselves in Debbie. They thought by picking someone like that, we were talking down to them. It was never my intention for her to be a bad representation of young people. I thought she was a regular gal.”

Matenopoulos will get the ax

With rankings being the highest precedence, Walters knew that Matenopoulos wasn’t figuring out and wanted to make a change. Geddie needed to break the information to the younger panelist.

“I remember sitting there and all the blood rushing out of my head,” Matenopoulos recalled to Setoodah upon being fired. “I screwed this up so bad. All I wanted to do was be good for them. Of course I cried. I was so sad. These people were my friends. Here’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and I blew it.”

Matenopoulos wasn’t the one one shedding tears. Setoodah reported that Vieira “started bawling” upon listening to the information of Matenopoulos being fired and even went to Walters attempt to reverse the choice.

“Debbie was like a kid sister to me. I think of her as a puppy or a deer,” Vieira instructed Setoodah. “I always felt bad because it was like they were trying to put words in her mouth. Her opinions were not as respected. I could have never done the show at her age.”

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“The View’s” Meredith Viera and Debbie Matenopolous | Marion Curtis/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection through Getty Images

Despite Vieira’s efforts, Matenopoulos was gone from the present by January 1999. “Let’s just say I wasn’t treated properly,” Matenopoulos mentioned in April that 12 months, in accordance with People. “Those people who were tremendously cruel to me know who they are.” 

The younger tv persona went on to have a profitable profession on the air, with co-hosting gigs on E!, The Insider, and The Home and Family Show. Yet Matenopoulos continues to be acknowledged for her time on The View and notes that she is the primary of many to observe to be faraway from the desk, telling Setoodah, “I used to be like the unique Survivor to be voted off the island.”

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