Talk About The View

Meanwhile Stateside, The Talk continues its long string of questionable decisions by hiring Jerry O’Connell as a permanent co-host.  To recap, a show developed for mommies and their point of view is no more, and now it’s just a free-for-all hosted by random people nobody knows.  Somewhere out there is an inconsolable Sara Gilbert (to say nothing of Marissa Jaret Winokur).  I like the affable, goofy, weathered O’Connell.  But he already has two failed talk shows to his credit.  Two years ago, Wendy Williams tried to launch a show for him.  Before that, Andy Cohen got behind Jerry – quelle surprise!  On the bright side, he’s finally the smartest person in the room.

Rumor has it that The View is looking backwards for Meghan McCain’s replacement.  Reports would have us believe that Debbie Matenopoulos is in the running.  While it would make me giddy as a schoolgirl, I don’t believe it.  Yes, Debbie has just wrapped five years hosting Home and Family for the Hallmark Channel.  And, sure, the first in a long string of ousted View co-hosts enjoys being courted.  But she’s lived on the Left Coast for close to two decades and, frankly, I don’t see her relocating to NYC anytime soon.  Her people say that there have been talks about “her participating in celebrating the 25th season of The View.”  While I believe she’ll be back at the table, I think talk of a permanent gig is premature.  Meanwhile, Rachel Campos continues to wait by her phone.


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