TUNED INGeri Anne KaikowskiStaff columnist

Last updated: August 05. 2014 11:16AM - 3361 Views
By Geri Anne Kaikowski

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Apparently, there’s nothing like a good catfight to get you through the summer.

Ever since, the firings and hirings on “The View” have been made public this month, the claws have been out big time. And that’s just the show’s former co-hosts weighing in.

Just who will be on the talk show and who won’t be and why they should or shouldn’t be has become quite a “Hot Topic.”

That popular feature on “The View” has literally translated into some heated debate over who should fill the vacant seats on the ABC morning talk show.

Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were let go this summer before replacements were named for creator/mother hen Barbara Walters and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Their final day is Aug. 7.

The last woman standing is Whoopi Goldberg, ironically, the one person who gives the impression that she doesn’t want to be there — except to collect her paycheck, that is.

Former co-host Rosie O’Donnell is back. And she’s reportedly packing a lot of clout. Rumor has it that O’Donnell is getting the say on who she wants to share the table with.

And her former co-hosts are offering their views. Hasselbeck, not an O’Donnell fan after the split-screen political disagreement that went viral several years ago, feels it is a wrong move and even called O’Donnell un-American.

Joy Behar disagrees strongly with Hasselbeck and said Rosie loves red, white and blue as much as any “View” co-host.

McCarthy, who got a new gig as a Sirius XM Radio host, called O’Donnell a fiery choice. Now them’s fighting words.

Meredith Vieria even chimed in stating that she really couldn’t comment. That’s profound for someone who is getting her own talk show in the fall.

So far, the ladies of “The Talk” are talking about everything but who their competition is, and I think that’s the way it should be. Be sassy, but still be classy.

So, who will be on “The View” with Whoopi and Rosie? Well, to quote a phrase from the competition, “Let’s start talking…”

Megan McCain, daughter of presidential contender John McCain, could bring a Republican viewpoint to the table. It appears that Marie Osmond is also up for the challenge as long as it doesn’t involve dancing or her brother Donny. Other names mentioned include reality star Bethenny Frankel, who made waves wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas, and actress Leah Remini, a “Talk” co-host for one season and an ex-Scientologist for half a year. Outspoken supermodel Chrissy Teigen, wife of singer John Legend, could bring her Twitter following onboard. And we all know that Kris Jenner is just chomping at the bit.

E! news Ross Mathews is a frontrunner should “The View” want some testosterone as is stand-up comedian Mario Cantone or reality star/businessman Bill Rancic. But don’t start building those mancaves just yet.

There is the possibility that “The View” may not be all “Rosie” behind the scenes. Some are saying that the show’s producers are also on their way out and that Barbara Walters sold her stake in the show to ABC and no longer has any say in the decision-making process. Which leaves us with the scenario of one more season and then ABC fills the time slot by moving up “The Chew,” which has actually become more entertaining than “The View” anyway.

When I first wrote about “The View” several weeks ago, I criticized the talk show for literally resting on its laurels all summer before naming Walters’ replacement in the fall. Then, Shepherd and McCarthy got the boot. And that created some excitement but in the wrong way.

I had said that by the fall no one would care who is sitting in the chairs. I feel the show is gathering some momentum for its season 18 premiere in September, but I still think that after some initial curiosity, no one will care, especially if they recycle hosts.

After all, who wants a new season of an old “View?”

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