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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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31.

sarah    

I definatly wont be watching the view and no it is NOT a race issue i just dont like whoopi..............

2556 days ago
32.

mike    

There is probably not another entertainer in history that has annoyed me as much as this chick... never watch that show again... Now get ride of the comedian Joy and replace her with Kirsty Alley and it'll be perfect... :)

2556 days ago
33.

Sandy in Illinois    

I think this is great. Whoopie will add a great deal of humor to the show

2556 days ago
34.

whowants2know    

good choice.....better than that boring as hell cheryl.....Gail King!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!no way in this life time. even oprah couldn't BUY her a show

2556 days ago
35.

Black Macho Gal    

They wanted a black women who is funny? Wanda Skykes!!!! Not Whoopi. She like a man. She's not even funny with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal next to her. Wait, they're not funny anymore either.

2556 days ago
36.

felixluv    

EVEN THOUGH THE VIEW SUCKS, I THINK WHOOPI WILL BOOST RATING & MORE PEOPLE WILL WATCH. SHE'S WITTY, FUNNY, AND NEEDLESS 2 SAY VERY ENTERTAING 2 WATCH. GOOD CHOICE & GOOD LUCK 2 WHOOPI!

2556 days ago
37.

are you new?    

Hope Whoopi whoops Elisabeetch's arse.
Now if Walters would retire and Lizzy would just go away
then Whoopi, Joy, Sherri and Kathy G could give us a
great show.

2556 days ago
38.

c    

If the next host chosen isnt Roseanne or Kathy Griffin I will no longer watch. Barb choose Whoopi cause she will play her game and not piss her off too much. kathy and rosie she cant control..thats why I want them on there. No one is watching the view to see puppets perfom. GO R & K !!!!!!

2556 days ago
39.

Sandy in Illinois    

Great choice - we need more humor on the view less serious arguments

2556 days ago
40.

Democrats are evil    

Anybody thinking that they would hire a republican point of view has got to be smoking something really good. This is and will always be a left leaning propaganda show that ignores what 50% of the viewers are thinking. At least Whoopi has the guts to go on the Fox channel for conversation from time to time. Something the fat pig lesbian was too coward to ever consider.

2556 days ago
41.

angie    

UUUGGGHHHHHH! Love Whoopi!!!
But why in the hell won't they get some latina flava in there!! Are they afriad of a lil senorita cursing them out in spanglish???? heehee!
Besides who do you think is home all day with the lil hombres watching the view????

2556 days ago
42.

Luzesc    

I hope Sherri is the next one.... I love her she is so funny and honest she brightens the group without being nasty. In other words she is a breath of fresh air.

2556 days ago
43.

never-watch-the-view-again    

Black women will quit watching The View now. Many of them complain Barbara Walters is obsessed with showcasing only ugly black women, and Whoopi is not even funny or interesting. They should have hired Roseanne. She's a hit with EVERYBODY and worth her weight in gold.

2556 days ago
44.

Mary    

Whoopi is a very good choice!!!!!



No on Sherri Shepherd....

Hopefully, Elizabeth is released from the show when her contract is up! No longer watch the show because of her extrodinary right-wing bullcrap!

2556 days ago
45.

Sarah Lee    

oh great .. another gay friendly left-wingnut! Poor Elizabeth, I feel sorry for her.

2556 days ago
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