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New "View": It's Whoopi!

8/1/2007 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Barbara and her gals have announced that actress, comedian and all-around funny lady Whoopi Goldberg has been tapped to co-host "The View." Great choice!

When asked what she would be looking forward to the most and the least, Whoopi replied: "I'm looking forward to the hot topics. The thing I'm looking forward to the least is getting in between everyone talking at one time."

Sources tell TMZ, "View" execs wanted a black woman who was funny. They also wanted a funny white woman but Roseanne was too expensive and they felt she was past her prime. And as for Gayle King, we're told, "it just wasn't happening."

And what about Sherri Shepherd, widely rumored to be the fifth member of Babwa's merry band? In Touch reports that Walters was all set to annouce Sherri today as well, but last minute talks stalled, with ABC balking at Shepherd's demand of $2 million per year, which is what Whoopi's making. What's more, ABC is said to be resuming talks with CNN's Jacque Reid.

Shepherd's rep tells TMZ, "They are talking but there's no news." The "View's" rep tells us that producers "are having ongoing discussions with several people."

Of course, no "View" post would be complete without some weigh-in from Rosie O'Donnell. What sayeth she? "Whoopi is perfect for the job and she is one of my favorites. She is absolutely amazing!"

Whoopi joins "The View" permanently the day after Labor Day.

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MacGuffin    

Great Choice

2458 days ago
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Mel    

Now make the other one Sherri. I like her too.

2458 days ago
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Mel    

Will she be controversial?

2458 days ago
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Zenophobe Alien    

Love Whoopi. I bet sherri will be out next!

2458 days ago
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Laguna Beach    

She needs a new hairdo! Very outdated! Maybe the other ladies will help her in that department.

2458 days ago
6.

Nikko    

FIRST...Yeah. The View would have lost a loyal viewer if that igonorant Sherri Shephard was selected!!!

2458 days ago
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Mel    

Her first guest will be Rosie O'Donnell, lol!

2458 days ago
8.

Only swim in the Ocean    

Rosie is hanging upside down right now for like a long time.

2458 days ago
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smilesarefree    

oh please. whoopi is a bore. name anything she has done that is entertaining.

2458 days ago
10.

N    

When are they going to announce Sherri ??

2458 days ago
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Zenophobe Alien    

I guess Rosie is very sad now that she sees they can get someone that everyone likes and they don't need her. Sucks to be irrelevent huh, Ro?

2458 days ago
12.

A12    

...booo I wanted it to be Kathy!

It's just going to be even more boring. Hopefully Whoooopi will take a bath every now and then now.

Someone should tell Elisabeth that being orange isn't healthy for the demon spawn. Dumb b.

2458 days ago
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Kait    

Whoopi has 1000 percent more class than Roseanne.

2458 days ago
14.

Next Stop...Psych Ward    

Love Whoopi!

Here in Oz, earlier this year, we aired a 'ripped-off' version called 'The Catch-Up'.

It lasted about 6 weeks before it was axed.

We get 'The View' here on cable, and the addition of Whoopi will be a breath of fresh air.

Although, how long before Barbwa feels threatened?

2458 days ago
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Zenophobe Alien    

#10 O.K. Rosie, I know thats you.

2458 days ago
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