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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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Dawn Day    

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

2603 days ago

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

2603 days ago

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!

2603 days ago

Magical Mike    


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.

2603 days ago

Real Deal    

Afirmative Action ....

BaWa, checking off the boxes

2603 days ago

kim suck    

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

2603 days ago


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

2603 days ago

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...

2603 days ago


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.

2603 days ago

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???

2603 days ago


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!

2603 days ago

John Denver Rules    


2603 days ago

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.

2603 days ago


Just what the view needs, another liberal.

2603 days ago

Miss French Kitty    


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