Whoopi Goldberg has been a gentle presence on The View since she joined the panel in 2007. Serving as moderator for over a decade, the EGOT winner has seen greater than her share of turnover in co-hosts. The present obtained a whole overhaul in 2014 when The View’s creator Barbara Walters retired and ABC fired co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd together with government producer Bill Geddie.
Network execs ready to deliver on a brand new set of panelists to affix Goldberg, who was the one one remaining on the speak present. When requested in regards to the large staffing modifications in a Today Show interview, Goldberg appeared to bristle when anchor Savannah Guthrie referred to her as The View’s ‘matriarch’ and talked about the return of Rosie O’Donnell.
‘The View’ cleans home in 2014
According to Ramin Setoodah’s e-book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, Geddie deliberate on regrouping with present producers to provide you with new concepts for The View following Walters’ departure. Yet the manager producer by no means obtained the chance to launch any plans and was summoned for a thriller assembly in late June 2014 together with the co-hosts aside from Goldberg.
“All of a sudden, everyone gets a phone call that says, ‘Go to this address,’” McCarthy recalled. “Bill is, like, ‘I’m getting fired.’ Bill came back, walked into his office, shut the door, spent 30 minutes in there, and never came back,” McCarthy revealed. “And then [co-host] Sherri [Shepherd] called her agent and said, ‘I’m not going to that f****** building.’ ”
Shepherd and McCarthy obtained the information from their brokers. “I was with Jenny when she got the phone call,” Shepherd stated. “She was really upset. She had specifically asked [network executive] Lisa Hackner, ‘If you are not renewing my contract, let me know.’ ”
Then, Shepherd obtained the decision concerning her personal termination. “I’m comforting [Jenny] and my phone is blowing up,” the previous co-host recalled. “My manager called me and said, ‘They aren’t renewing your contract.’ ”
Whoopi Goldberg rejects the ‘matriarch’ title
In July 2014 following the firings at The View, Goldberg appeared on the Today Show to speak in regards to the upcoming season. Co-host Savannah Guthrie kicked off the interview by acknowledging Goldberg’s tenure on the present.
“Well, I do know you might have enjoyable doing The View. … Everybody’s speaking about it,” Guthrie started. “First of all, you are now the Grand Dame of the View.”
“Well, I don’t know if I like that,” Goldberg responded.
Guthrie tried to make her level. “Barbara’s gone and the rest of the cast is…,” she trailed off.
“So basically I’m the only one standing is what you mean,” Goldberg firmly interjected. “Not the Grand Dame.”
The Today anchor pushed the envelope a bit. “Doesn’t Grand Dame sound good?” she requested Goldberg, who instantly replied, “No.” As the dialog turned a bit awkward, Guthrie tried to provide you with different monikers however The View star was clearly uncomfortable with any kind of title.
“Ok, um, the matriarch?” Guthrie prompt. “No, no, no,” Goldberg replied. “The Grand Poobah?” the journalist requested. Finally the Oscar winner ended the dialog with, “No, just Whoop. Still standing.”
Talk of Rosie O’Donnell’s seat on the desk
After the interview moved on from the title subject, Guthrie requested about O’Donnell’s return to The View desk. “Everyone’s talking about who’s going be on the couch,” she stated to Goldberg. “We know Rosie’s coming back. Do you like that?”
The Ghost actress was cautious in her response. “You know, here’s the truth. I don’t actually know what’s going on,” she advised Guthrie. “ABC are the only ones who know what’s happening. So there’s a lot of talk. Nothing has been put in cement.”
“Do you not know because you don’t want to know or because they don’t ask?” Guthrie inquired.
“I don’t know because I work like you do, for a conglomerate,” Goldberg stated with fun. “So I might not be the first person on the list to talk stuff over with when they’re talking about their stuff.”
“So you could show up come September,” Guthrie started, the place Goldberg interjected, “and there could be six turtles at the table. I won’t know until I get there and I’m ok with that. I like being part of a crew,” The View star stated. “I like ensemble… Barbara Walters began The View and this may all the time be Barbara Walter’s present.”
“Man, woman, or turtle, we know you’ll make them look good,” Guthrie concluded with a smile. “We know you’ll have that chemistry.”
“I hope so,” Goldberg replied.
As it turned out, the mix of Goldberg and O’Donnell didn’t fly and O’Donnell left the present – once more – after 5 months. The former speak present host has been fairly vocal about her not-so-warm-and-fuzzy emotions towards Goldberg, the place the EGOT star has chosen to stay mum on the subject.