Talk About Daytime Drama

Daytime TV is in freefall.  What’s most shocking is that The View is the most stable of the bunch.  All they have to do is fill Meghan McCain’s seat – a task nobody seems in a rush to do.  Having Sherri Shepherd fill in last week reminded people what a valuable and versatile co-host she is.  But I don’t anticipate Sherri moving back east anytime soon.  And if she did, it would probably be to take over for Wendy Williams!  Wendy has delayed her season premiere TWICE because of complications after contracting the coronavirus (last spring, she told Dr. Oz she would not get the vaccine).  That triggered a flare-up of her Graves’ disease.  Producers are now scrambling for guest hosts through Thanksgiving – and I can tell you exclusively that Sherri will host the first week of November.

On the West Coast, we have The Talk – or the daytime version of The Titanic.  The show was down to two hosts – Sheryl Underwood and Amanda Kloots.  Talk about re-arranging the deck chairs!  Then they hired two guys – whose names are unimportant (except one of them was asked to leave The Talk to take over Wendy).  Then, without any warning, they hired recently departed Today show reporter Natalie Morales.  That pissed off Underwood – who never wanted to moderate, but had been enjoying ruling the roost after ousting Sharon Osbourne.  I’m told Morales was sprung on the cast as a fait accompli – which is French for “If you don’t like it, leave”.

 

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