‘The View’ is back, and it’s all new. Whoopi Goldberg is back on the panel with returning, controversial co-host Rosie O’Donnell. Also new to the bunch are Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.
After months of casting shakeups, The View premiered with a fresh, new panel on September 15, 2014. A brand new set, new logo, new executive producer and most significantly, new co-hosts. Rosie O’Donnell, 52, who controversially exited the show after just one season in 2007, sounds off in a brand new interview. Read on to find out what to expect from Season 18, directly from Rosie!
‘The View’ Season 18 Premiere: Meet The New Hosts
“No one is going to think the Earth is flat,” Rosie O’Donnell told our sister site Variety of her new season, taking a stab at Sherri Shepherd who said goodbye after seven years on The View. “When I was at home watching that, I thought I was going to have an aneurysm.”
Clearly, Rosie has no problem making her voice be heard, and that’s what viewers can expect with the revamped series.
After Barbara Walters left and Jenny McCarthy and Sherri were allegedly fired, Rosie joins the only remaining panelist Whoopi Goldberg, 58, plus two newcomers — actress and activist Rosie Perez, 50, and Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace, 42.
“I love Rosie Perez…I didn’t even know she was being considered,” Rosie no.1 told the magazine.
Rosie O’Donnell Says ‘The View’ Will Feature More Politics, Less Celebrity
With two liberal Rosies and one strong conservative, Nicolle, viewers can expect the show to cover more politics, and surely more arguments on the panel. (No one can forget Rosie clashing with Elisabeth Hasselbeck.)
“Elisabeth would go into the dressing room with [former executive producer Bill Geddie who has been replaced by Bill Wolff] and go over Republican talking points that are sent out every day, and then come out and recite what she had ingested,” Rosie says. “I tried to get her to talk more about her own self and how she felt rather than being a robotic pundit.”
Although the first week of guests includes Kirsten Dunst, Rachael Ray, Neil Patrick Harris, Tim McGraw, Jessica Chastain and Billy Crystal, Rosie would like the show to rely less on celebrities.
“The necessity for celebrity in daytime TV has diminished as access to celebrity has increased 100-fold,” she says.
It’s evident that Rosie will be bringing some much-need controversy to the panel, whether you like her or not, and producers are hoping that her outspoken antics boost ratings. If you’re surprised that she was brought back, you’re not the only one.
“I felt like Lord Voldemort, whose name shall not be spoken,” Rosie admitted. “Even when there were old photos, sometimes they would crop me out.”
HollywoodLifers, do you like the new panel on The View or do you think the show will flop? Is Rosie what the show needs? Let us know!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister