Walked off the view

In early March 2018, a clickbait web site called PixelPolitics.com (which also bears another title on the page itself, “Any Politics”) was among several sites spreading a story about Joy Behar purportedly losing her job on current-events television talk show The View:

ABC to Fire Joy Behar from ‘The View’

, Joy Behar bashed Vice President Mike Pence and his Christian faith on her talk show “The View.” Now, it has come back to bite her in a huge way.

Behar responded by saying that Pence’s talking to Jesus is not a sign of faith, but a sign of “mental illness.”

“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices,” Behar said.

While the headline contained the claim that the network was “firing” Behar, its final lines contradicted that claim, instead encouraging readers to share the link if they agreed the host ought to lose her job:

Since the comments were made, ABC has not punished Behar in any way, and she has continued to spew her nonsense. Last week, Behar claimed that attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) “have a penchant for Nazis.”

UPDATE 4:15 PM: ABC just released to Deadline a statement about Joy Behar’s exit from The View. “Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”

EXCLUSIVE 3:25 PM: After 16 and a half years on The View, Joy Behar is departing ABC’s long-running daytime talk show. I hear Behar’s contract is up in August and she has informed the network that she will not renew it as she is looking to move on to other things, including hosting a new interview show. Behar is the last original cast member of The View besides co-creator/executive producer Barbara Walters who is still on the panel. The two started off alternating as the fourth co-host before Behar was named a full-time co-host. In a phone interview, Behar said she felt 16.5 years on The View were enough. “It seemed like the right time,” she said. “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.” And following stints hosting her own shows on HLN and now Current TV, which will end with the network’s takeover by Al Jazeera, Behar is ready to do it again. “I do like talk shows, I’m interested in talking to people,” she said. “I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breath.” Will that show be on CNN following reports of Behar meeting with new CNN topper Jeff Zucker? Behar would not elaborate beyond saying that she indeed had “a positive meeting” with Zucker and that “CNN would be great place” for her next show.
But before she opens the next chapter of her career, Behar will focus on closing the current one, spending a few more months with Walters and her other co-hosts on The View. “I have a lot of friends there, and I will miss everyone I’ve worked with because we have a family there,” Behar said. She singled out Walters, thanking the veteran journalist for putting her on the show. “It is a smart talk show because somebody of her stature is leading the conversation; Barbara was one of the main reasons I took that job,” Behar said.

Behar’s departure may foreshadow a reboot on The View. There had been rumors about a possible exit by Walters, with Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s future beyond this season also unclear.

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar famously walked off The View in 2010 when Bill O’Reilly was on — but on Friday, they left the show’s set for an entirely different reason.

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At the beginning of the episode, Whoopi began talking about a growing (and rather disturbing) “trend” of millennials ditching their jobs, or “ghosting” their employers, without giving any notice. After Whoopi confirmed that people were “just walking away” from their jobs, Joy motioned to Whoopi to leave — and so, they did. Immediately, the audience began erupting in laughter and applause.

GHOSTING YOUR JOB? There’s a new trend of people leaving their jobs without telling anyone or giving notice — the co-hosts weigh in. https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/FGeOXtkK7J

— The View (@TheView) December 14, 2018

Moments later, Meghan McCain was eager to get in on the fun and ran off set to go get them. While running, she shouted “I don’t want to work here anymore either! I’m sick of talking about Trump too!” All three returned to the table giggling and the segment continued normally. But before they got on with their discussion, Meghan did make sure to let the show’s executive producer Brian Teta know that they were just kidding. You know, just in case.

That wasn’t the only highlight of Friday’s show. The program ended with Darlene Love and Bryan Adams belting out “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” together as all the panelists sang backup. The special performance marked the end of The View this year. New episodes will start back up again on January 2.

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Dec. 14, 2018


Celebrating Season 22, “The View” (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST) is the place to be heard with live broadcasts five days a week. Hilary Estey McLoughlin serves as senior executive producer with Candi Carter and Brian Teta as executive producers. “The View” is directed by Sarah de la O. For breaking news and updated videos, follow “The View” (@theview) and Whoopi Goldberg (@whoopigoldberg), Joy Behar (@joyvbehar), Sunny Hostin (@sunny), Meghan McCain (@meghanmccain) and Abby Huntsman (@huntsmanabby) on Twitter.

Encore broadcasts for the week of DEC. 17-21 are as follows (subject to change):

Tuesday, Dec. 18 (OAD 11/21/18): Michael B. Jordan (“Creed II”) and Kristin Chenoweth (“I’m Coming Home”)

Wednesday, Dec. 19 (OAD 10/16/18): Author and daughter of the vice president, Charlotte Pence (“Where You Go: Life Lessons from My Father”); former White House photographer Pete Souza (“Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents”)

Thursday, Dec. 20 (OAD 11/8/18): The Political View with White House correspondent April Ryan (“Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House”); John C. Reilly (“Ralph Breaks the Internet”)

Friday, Dec. 21 (OAD 11/16/18): Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki (“Widows”)

Encore broadcasts for the week of DEC. 24-28 are as follows (subject to change):

Monday, Dec. 24 (OAD 12/14/18): Leslie Mann (“Welcome to Marwen”); Darlene Love returns for her fourth annual performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” with Bryan Adams; the co-hosts’ Favorite Things

Tuesday, Dec. 25: Pre-empted

Wednesday, Dec. 26 (OAD 11/13/18): The View celebrates Whoopi Goldberg’s birthday with Whoopi’s Favorite Things; Hugh Jackman and Jason Reitman (“The Front Runner”); a performance from music legend Valerie Simpson with Paul Shaffer

Thursday, Dec. 27 (OAD 12/13/18): Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer (“On the Basis of Sex”)

Friday, Dec. 28 (OAD 11/29/18): “The View” celebrates Joy Behar’s 20th anniversary; Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Encore broadcast for DEC. 31-JAN. 2 is as follows (subject to change):

Monday, Dec. 31 (OAD 12/12/18): Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini (“Second Act”)

Tuesday, Jan. 1: Pre-empted

Wednesday, Jan. 2: The View returns with a Day of Hot Topics

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Sherri Shepherd on Meghan McCain, Joy Behar battles, when Elisabeth Hasselbeck nearly quit

Sherri Shepherd is opening up about her longtime stint as a co-host on “The View” – and all the drama that comes with it.

Shepherd, who hosted the ABC morning show from 2007 to 2014, opened up during Sunday’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” She was asked by a caller about current hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar butting heads over politics – and if it will get worse as the 2020 election plays out.

As far as what their rivalry will look like in the future, Shepherd said their arguments are heated enough.

“I don’t know if it can get any worse than it already is. It’s bad now.”

She added: “I think they’re both grown women… You get passionate. It’s like being at Thanksgiving with your drunk family member, and I think you leave it at the table.”

Shepherd also addressed some of the juiciest revelations from the tell-all book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View.'”

“No, I didn’t read it because I lived it,” she remarked.

The first thing Cohen asked Shepherd during the “Spill ‘The View’ Tea” segment was her take on host Elisabeth Hasselbeck threatening to quit the show during a commercial break. According to the book, Hasselbeck threatened to walk off after Barbara Walters, the creator of the show and a fellow host, scolded her on-air.

Cohen also asked Shepherd about Rosie O’Donnell’s confession she had “a little bit of a crush” on Hasselbeck which O’Donnell said was “in no way sexualized.” Hasselbeck later called O’Donnell’s comments about her “disturbing” and “offensive” on “Fox & Friends.”

“Well I mean, you know, if Rosie’s got a crush on you, hey, hey, hey, hey,” Shepherd joked to Cohen.

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Shepherd was also asked about O’Donnell accusing Whoopi Goldberg of being mean to her during the show.

“She’s hard on you, but when she’s hard on you she expects a lot,” Shepherd said of Goldberg.

The “30 Rock” actress also confirmed O’Donnell confronted Walters for not reaching out to her during her conflict with Trump.

“That was bad,” Shepherd said. “You can’t get in Barbara Walters’ face. Like, she’s up there with Jesus.”

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Another tidbit from the book Cohen asked about was Walters’ scrutiny of host Jenny McCarthy’s outfits during her time on the show.

According to the book, McCarthy made an effort to avoid Walters because of the attention. “When I’d hear the shuffle of her feet, I knew that Barbara was after me,” she said in “Ladies Who Punch.” “It would get faster. Oh my God – she’s coming! Based on the speed of the shuffle, I would hide or get on the phone.”

Shepherd confirmed the fashion drama.

“Yeah, I do remember one time Jenny had an outfit on, and Barbara wanted the same outfit. Like, she wanted to wear the same outfit that Jenny had on,” Shepherd said.

Contributing: Erin Jensen

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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are stepping away from “senior” royal roles and will work toward becoming financially independent, they announced on Wednesday. They will now be dividing their time between Britain and North America.

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity,” they said in the statement.

Harry and Meghan, whose son Archie will celebrate his first birthday in May, did not specify what they mean by “financially independent” or explain how they plan to earn money. In a statement on a new website, sussexroyal.com, they said they hope to keep their residence at Frogmore Cottage, located at Windsor, which they recently renovated.

“Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty the Queen,” the website said. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage – with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen – as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom.”

Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying “discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

Prince Harry and Meghan stepping back from royal duties

Harry and Meghan are not the first members of the royal family to step away from public duties, although they are the highest in the line of succession. For example, Princess Anne’s children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, are not “working” members of the royal family and Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, do not have have official roles in the monarchy.

Prince Andrew, the queen’s second son, stepped away from public duties as a member of the royal family in November while mired in controversy over his association with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

In their statement, Harry and Meghan said they wanted to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”

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In a documentary that aired in October, Harry and Meghan spoke publicly about the difficulties of living in the spotlight.

“I think being part of this family — in this role, in this job — every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back,” said Harry, alluding to the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash when he was 12 years old. “In that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”

Harry and Meghan started a new website called “Sussex Royal” and said they would be adopting a “revised media approach” in the spring of 2020. “This adjustment will be a phased approach as they settle into the new normality of their updated roles,” the website said in the “Media” section.

According to the website, Harry and Meghan will no longer be using the “rota” or pool system, and the system of Royal Correspondents. “Britain’s Royal Correspondents are regarded internationally as credible sources of both the work of members of The Royal Family as well as of their private lives,” the website reads. “This misconception propels coverage that is often carried by other outlets around the world, amplifying frequent misreporting. Regrettably, stories that may have been filed accurately by Royal Correspondents are, also, often edited or rewritten by media editorial teams to present false impressions.”

The site said Harry and Meghan will continue to use social media.

Meghan, who worked as an actress and philanthropist before marrying Harry, listed her professional experience and called herself a feminist in her official biography on the royal family’s website. “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist,” the page quotes her as saying.

Britain’s The Sun newspaper reported on Wednesday that the pair were considering moving to Canada, although Meghan and Harry did not specify where in North America they would live. They made headlines recently when they spent Christmas in Canada, rather than with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the family in England.

The royal family’s cost to taxpayers is source of controversy in Britain. The Sovereign Grant, the funding provided to the royal family, cost British taxpayers £76.1 million, or $99 million, in 2017-18, according to BBC News. Travel as part of royal duties are included in those costs.

Harry and Meghan recently attracted some scrutiny for a trip to Ibiza, though it was not an official taxpayer-funded trip. The pair were criticized for using four private jets on the trip despite Harry’s commitment to environmental issues.

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“The Booing Is F***ing Us Up”: ‘The View’ Melts Down Over Donald Trump Jr. Visit

Guests clashed with hosts and hosts clashed with audience members at the ABC show on Thursday.

“The booing is fucking us up,” The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg told the morning show’s audience during a commercial break on Thursday. “It’s messing with everyone’s mic. You can grimace and all that. All we hear is booing.”

Goldberg was trying to restore a sense of calm and civility after a rancorous first interview segment with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle. (The Hollywood Reporter attended the show as a member of the audience and took notes.)

Booing is a no-no for members of the show’s audience, but the crowd on Thursday alternatively booed and cheered as Trump and Guilfoyle clashed with members of the show’s cast, including Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain.

The front rows were stocked with audience members who seemed to be mostly supportive of the first son, including a man wearing a Trump hat who asked, “Who killed Epstein?” during a commercial break at the end of the show.

During another commercial break, one woman in the audience tried taking Goldberg to task for a comment she made more than 10 years ago about director Roman Polanski, which Trump tried to repurpose as an attack on Goldberg.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” the woman said to Goldberg. “Then be quiet and listen to me,” the co-host responded. (The woman was also asked by a member of the show’s staff to stop using her cellphone, another no-no for audience members.)

Later, as the woman left the studio with a fellow audience member, she said of Goldberg: “I definitely riled her up. She was so upset.”

McCain seemed particularly uncomfortable with the presence of Trump and Guilfoyle and did not make eye contact with either one when they first took the stage.

She later thanked her fellow co-hosts for the way they handled the appearance, which was timed to coincide with the release of Trump’s book, Triggered.

At one point in the show, McCain turned to the man in the audience wearing the Trump hat and said, “If you can let me speak, I would appreciate it.”

The interview started off combatively, with Huntsman taking Trump to task for retweeting an article exposing the name of the Ukraine whistleblower.

When Trump responded that he was speaking as a “private citizen,” a woman in the audience responded, “You’re not a private citizen!”

Trump tried attacking ABC for the network’s handling of a 2015 interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has accused the late Epstein of sexual misconduct. “ABC right now is chasing down a whistleblower about all the Epstein stuff,” he said, referring to a network investigation to determine who leaked an internal recording of ABC News anchor Amy Robach.

Trump also accused Behar of “wearing blackface” (in reference to a picture of a 29-year-old Behar dressed as “a beautiful African woman” that was shown on a May 2016 View episode.)

When Goldberg told the audience that the Trump/Guilfoyle segment was ending, a man in the audience yelled: “Praise the lord!”

A woman in the audience who described herself as a “non-Trump” person told THR that she was happy the show had invited President Donald Trump’s son on. “I think it’s good,” she said. “Let him be uncomfortable.”

Thursday’s show, which was The View’s 5,000th episode, began on a much lighter note, with a cake tribute and congratulatory videos from Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift. Things went downhill from there.