ABC doesn't have a clue as to what it's doing with its daytime shows, whether you're talking about the ones actually being supervised by Vicki Dummer's daytime division, or ABC News, which is currently running The View into the ground.
The once popular network talk show dumped movie star Rosie Perez and political strategist Nicolle Wallace in favor of comedienne Michelle Collins and 90's sitcom stars Raven-Symone and Candace Cameron. Now comes official word Sherri Shepherd is returning to the chatfest as a part-time correspondent next season.
The View canned Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, reportedly because focus groups felt the respective dove and hawk were too extreme in their points of view. Shepherd reportedly left on her own, following tense contract negotiations. Ironically, Whoopi Goldberg, defender of wife beaters and alleged celebrity rapists alike, manages to keep her cushy moderator gig. Rosie O'Donnell had a blink-and-you-missed it return and I believe Jenny McCarthy was there for five minutes.
Not even six months into Perez's stint, rumors had her on the way out. As for Wallace, ABC allegedly wasn't happy about her lack of pop culture savvy and her measured responses during hot topics. So, if you're following at home, they fired Hasselbeck for playing the conservative firebrand shtick too heavily, only to later fire Wallace for not playing it up enough. It's like Goldilocks and the Three (or Four) Co-Hosts. Will The View ever find a conservative who's just right?
They think they've found her in Fuller House star Cameron. She supports businesses like Chick-Fil-A and anti-LGBT bakeries, defending vehemently their "freedom" to discriminate against gay people. As for Symone, she's a black lesbian who doesn't want to be identified as black or a lesbian. I can't wait to set my DVR for more of that next season, said no one.
Let's face it; The View has been on life support ever since Barbara Walters retired and ABC showed her long-time collaborator Bill Geddie the door. With next season being the program's 19th season, wouldn't it be better to go ahead and cancel it, rather than watching it limp along to No. 20?