The 84-year-old talk show host announced on April 7 that she’s retiring and that her final appearance on ‘The View’ will be on May 16. We are so sad to see the legendary broadcaster go, but it sounds like her departure will bring about some exciting changes on the show. Producers are even considering ‘adding a man’ to the cast, Barbara reveals in a new interview with our sister site ‘Variety.’
The View has always been a female-centric talk show hosted by amazing, talented women, including of course, show creator Barbara Walters. But now that she’s following in the footsteps of fellow former co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar, who left the The View in 2013, Barbara says that she and the other producers are determined to “shake things up” on the show. And that could mean adding a male host to the group for the first time!
‘The View’ Male Host? — Barbara Walters Reveals Possible Changes After Leaving
Barbara, who will remain an executive producer on the show, says viewers should expect the unexpected on the upcoming season of The View.
“We’re experimenting a little bit,” she tells Variety. “Sometimes we think we should add a man.”
Wow! That would definitely bring a different viewpoint to the show!
The View is also planning to hire another conservative personality to replace Elisabeth and make sure the debates stay lively.
“We need a conservative voice,” Barbara says. “We do try to present a different side.”
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Barbara also spoke out about Joy and Elisabeth’s departure for the first time during her interview with Variety.
“These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” she says, referring to the show’s co-creator Bill Geddie. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.”
We’ll definitely miss spending our mornings with Barbara, Elisabeth and Joy, but we can’t wait to see what surprises The View has in store for us next season!
HollywoodLifers, would YOU like to see a male host join The View? If so, who do you think it should be? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
— Tierney McAfee