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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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46.

Dawn Day    

Nothing is going to help that show at this point I'm afraid.

2536 days ago
47.

Only swim in the Ocean    

Yea right Mary #44. Lesbians liberals like you need to are what is wrong with this country. Move to Canada or shut up

2536 days ago
48.

Next Stop...Psych Ward    

@#46 : Sarah Lee...

...Maybe you should pack a pistol, just in case those Gay left wingnuts move in next door to you, you narrow minded twit!

2536 days ago
49.

Magical Mike    

B*O*R*I*N*G

The View is irrelevent without Rosie.

Whoopi absolutely WILL NOT be controversial.

You absolutely cannot be TOO controversial on Network Television and TELL THE TRUTH.

For Better or Worse Rosie told the truth as she sees it and was REAL.

Whoopi is real but real boring.

ABC like all other networks is strictly PROPOGANDA too get you to buy things and obey the government.

2536 days ago
50.

Real Deal    

Afirmative Action ....

BaWa, checking off the boxes

2536 days ago
51.

kim suck    

over rated comedian~!!!!!!!! UNFUNNY~!!!!!!!!

2536 days ago
52.

ME    

Only one conservative on The View so everyone can gang up on poor, good-looking Elizabeth! They're jealous!

2536 days ago
53.

south philly girl    

Not a huge Whoopi fan, but at least they didn't go with that moron Sherri Shepherd. She's funny and all, but can you imagine someone in 2007 actually bragging and proud of the fact that she does not believe in evolution and thinks the world is only 6,000 years old because the bible tells her so? Add to that the fact that she took back her lying, cheating husband and what you have is an idiot. Now let's see if we can get rid of that annoying Elizabeth...

2536 days ago
54.

Jayne    

Thank god it wasn't Kathy Griffin. Bravo has overexposed her, the woman is uncouth to say the least, homely. i wish they would get rid of Joy, she and Rosie are alike. I won't watch the program, no one is allowed to talk without being interupted so they wind up out screaming each other. Never understood why they were even on the air. Serve no purpose, not even humor.

2536 days ago
55.

Funny Answers    

Roseanne is past her prime?????? Barbara is older than dirt, Joy is older than Roseanne, the b'atch that is Elizabeth is the only younger person, and her they could toss aside. Strange, Whoopi is the best, but why she would want to be part of that group, I am not sure. Her history for helping the under dogs have been ledgerdary. She is great, but why these people???

2536 days ago
56.

Jennie    

I love Whoopi! My only hope is that Kathy Griffin is the second choice because a little of Sherri goes a verrrrrry long way. They'll still have to stay on their toes, though, to keep me watching; I only watched when Rosie came on, so I missed all but a few over 9 years!

2536 days ago
57.

John Denver Rules    

Boring!

2536 days ago
58.

Frieda Byerly    

Whoopie is a great selection but wish it had been Sherry Sheppard. There is another slot available so why not give Sherry the opportunity. She is truly funny without being controversial. Whoopie is a great talent, but her look never changes. It feels as if we are stuck in a time warp.

2536 days ago
59.

Peeps    

Just what the view needs, another liberal.

2536 days ago
60.

Miss French Kitty    

I TOTALLY WANTED IT TO BE KATHY GRIFFIN. SHE WOULD HAVE MADE THE SHOW WORTH WATCHING.

2536 days ago
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