Producers on "The View" have targeted two types of hosts they are looking to fill their empty positions ... and let's just say if you speak a little Spanish ... you could be in luck.
Sources involved in the search tell TMZ ... View honchos are on the hunt for a Latina -- which would be a first for the show. Lauren Sanchez almost got the gig back in the day when Debbie Matenopoulos got fired, but Lisa Ling snagged the gig.
We're also told the show is going old school by looking for "a conservative female with a strong, smart point of view." Our sources say they have their eyes on Margaret Hoover and Abby Huntsman, who is guest hosting on Tuesday.
Our sources say Huntsman, who is the daughter of former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., has always considered "The View" a prime gig ... but right now it would take a lot to get her to leave her job at MSNBC.
6/26/2014 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"The View" is cleaning house. Network sources tell us the cast has been fired... except for Whoopi Goldberg.
Our sources say there was a meeting at ABC late Thursday afternoon and they announced Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were out. Sources tell us executive producer Bill Geddie also will not be coming back.
Maybe not coincidentally ... Barbara Walters is scheduled to be on the show Friday (though it did tape on Wednesday).
"The View" has been in turmoil since Jenny was hired ... it messed up the chemistry on the show.
And several sources say there's a real chance Rosie O'Donnell will be coming back. We're also told producers are "very interested" in Laila Ali.
We're also told the show is interested in Ross Mathews and Jesse Palmer.
Jenny tweeted late Thursday, "My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year."
Shepherd posted a photo on Instagram Thursday night, saying, "Mr @DonnieWahlberg always takes care of his ladies @jennyannmccarthy & me! To be continued... ;O)"
Sherri Shepherd & Lamar Sally
Shut Up About Your Surrogate
... Judge's Orders
6/13/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd can keep talking for a living about anything she wants ... except the identity and location of the woman who is carrying her baby ... so a judge ordered today.
Shepherd was a no-show in court today, but her estranged husband Lamar Sally was there to argue that their entire divorce should be sealed. The judge did not rule on the case as a whole, but did order both sides to stop talking about their surrogate -- either her identity or location.
As we first reported ... Lamar is concerned a publicity crush at the hospital will endanger the baby.
Nonetheless, he has revealed the due date is July 28.
Zip it, Lamar.
Husband Warns ...
You Better Not Miss Our Baby's Birth!
5/22/2014 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd's estranged husband is upping the ante on the drama over his unborn child ... warning Sherri a gig she's booked -- NINE DAYS BEFORE the baby's due date -- is cutting it too close ... and he's pissed.
TMZ has learned Lamar Sally is outraged Sherri is scheduled to perform July 19 at a gospel fest in Virginia. Their surrogate is due to give birth on July 28 ... in Pennsylvania.
According to sources connected with the couple ... Lamar is telling Sherri missing the birth would be an unforgivable sin -- especially because it's HIS first child.
Seems a little dramatic ... considering the NINE day gap between dates -- and also the journey from VA to PA takes at most a few hours ... by plane, train or automobile.
Sherri Shepherd's Husband
Custody War Could Make Our Kid
The Next Lindbergh Baby
5/21/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd's bitter divorce and custody war is jeopardizing the safety of her unborn child ... to the point her estranged hubby is fretting over a possible kidnapping.
Lamar Sally claims in new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- there's now so much attention on the baby -- which is being carried via surrogate -- it now has a target on its head.
Lamar has an inflated idea of Sherri's celebrity ... worrying there will be a massive media crush at the hospital when their baby is born, which could snarl traffic and ... "expose our son to criminals who might target our child for financial gain."
Translation ... they don't want a repeat of that Charles Lindbergh Jr. sitch in 1932.
Now, a reality check. One, no one knows where Lamar and Sherri's surrogate is giving birth. Two, neither Lamar nor Sherri piloted the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.
Lamar is asking a judge to immediately seal all documents ... for the benefit of mankind.
Every Newswoman EVER Shows Up
For Her Last Day
5/16/2014 9:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oprah Winfrey didn't show up solo for Barbara Walters' last day on "The View" ... she brought nearly every newswoman on the planet with her ... to celebrate Babwa's retirement.
It was a fitting sendoff for the woman who paved the way for all women in news. The list -- which is uber long -- includes Jane Pauley, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Connie Chung, Robin Roberts, Maria Shriver, Kathie Lee Gifford ... you get the idea.
Walters seemed truly humbled by the show of love, but less so when she spoke, exclaiming, "This is my legacy."
Can't argue with her there.
Sherri Shepherd's Ex
She's the Mom From Hell
Our 9-Year-Old Can't Even Tie His Shoes
5/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd is a terrible mom who woefully neglects her 9-year-old special needs son -- he can barely write, reads at a 2nd-grade level, and can't tie his shoes -- so claims the boy's father, who's now gunning to rip custody from "The View" host.
Jeffrey Tarpley -- Sherri's ex-husband -- filed an emergency request in April to modify the couple's current custody arrangement ... specifically, Tarpley wants full physical custody of their son, Jeffrey Jr.
Tarpley claims Sherri's non-stop work schedule -- "The View," "The Newlywed Game," various TV acting roles, book tours, films -- has caused her to neglect their son completely.
Jeffrey claims Sherri regularly leaves their son with "unskilled nannies" ... as a result, he's falling way behind in school, suffers from low self-esteem, and has to use Velcro shoes because he can't tie laces.
It doesn't end there ... Jeffrey says Sherri also hasn't taught their son how to properly care for himself, so hygiene has become an issue.
Jeffrey says he desperately wants to help, but his hands are tied because he lives in California and Sherri lives with their son in Jersey. He says he has no time during his short visits to undo all of Sherri's bad parenting ... so he wants Jeffrey Jr. with him full time.
Sherri filed her own docs in response, claiming Jeffrey's an absentee dad who deserves no part in his son's life. The judge denied Jeffrey's emergency request, but set a hearing in July to settle the beef.
FYI, Jeffrey filed his papers BEFORE Sherri's current husband Lamar Sally filed for separation. As we reported, Lamar wants custody of his and Sherri's unborn child ... so Jeffrey's arguments could hurt her on both fronts.
I'm Keeping Our Unborn Kid
5/15/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
THE BATTLE IS ON -- Sherri Shepherd will FIGHT her estranged husband tooth and nail to get CUSTODY of their unborn child ... this according to prenup docs obtained by TMZ.
Sherri filed divorce docs earlier this month, days after hubby Lamar Sally filed his own docs for legal separation where he asked for full custody of their unborn child, who is being carried to term via surrogate. The baby is due in July.
Sherri strangely doesn't even mention custody in her divorce docs, but DOES ask to enforce their prenup ... and now we know the prenup is Sherri's secret custody weapon.
Under the prenup, Lamar agrees that the new kid will live with Sherri and her son Jeffrey from a previous relationship. So the prenup gives Sherri full physical custody of the new baby.
In Lamar's legal docs, he's asking the judge to throw out the prenup on grounds of fraud. If he gets the prenup invalidated, that clears the way for his demand for full custody. But proving fraud is hard.
By the way ... there's another reason Lamar wants to invalidate the prenup. It only gives him one lump sum payment of $60K. According to the prenup docs, Sherri raked in $1 million in 2010 (and we know she got raises since then). By contrast, Lamar made $30K in 2010, and $9,000 was from unemployment. So if the prenup goes out the window, Lamar could score big in spousal support.
I Want Custody of Unborn Child
5/9/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd and her husband have an unborn baby ... and he wants the kid. And here's the real twist ... she's not pregnant.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Sherri and Lamar Sally have hired a surrogate who is carrying their baby, and the estimated delivery date is July 28th.
TMZ broke the story ... Lamar filed legal docs to end the marriage. The docs are for legal separation, but we're told the only reason the divorce box wasn't checked is because Lamar has only lived in California for 3 months and there's a 6 month residency requirement. He will change it to divorce in 3 months.
According to Lamar's legal docs, he wants full legal and physical custody of the unborn child, and wants Sherri to ONLY have visitation rights.
Sherri has not responded yet.
Lamar also wants spousal support and he wants the prenup invalidated based on FRAUD.
It sounds very nasty. Lamar wants an order preventing Sherri from interfering with his ability to take the kid with him after the birth.
Husband Files for Legal Separation
5/9/2014 11:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd's husband, Lamar Sally, has filed for legal separation ... TMZ has learned.
According to court documents, Sally filed the papers on May 2. They have no children together. The couple was married at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago in August 2011.
Lamar is being represented by Mark Vincent Kaplan ... who famously represented Kevin Federline during his divorce from Britney Spears.
Shepherd divorced her first husband of eight years, Jeff Tarpley, in 2009 after she learned he was having an affair. She has a son from her previous marriage.
Offered Serious Dil-Dough
For Black Vibrator
2/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Barbara Walters just got a letter ... not from her buddy Obama, not from Hillary Clinton ... from a company that wants her to be the front person for a line of super-slow running black dildos.
Barbara's comment this week on "The View" -- that she still uses a vibrator at age 84 -- caught the eye of a company called Phallix.
Phallix sent the letter -- obtained by TMZ -- to the ABC offices in NYC, touting it's latest creation .. the "Babs" line -- a self-pleasuring device made of special, smooth glass developed by NASA eggheads.
This ain't your grandma's vibrator. Well, actually it is. It's designed to go especially slow, for the 60 and over crowd.
Phallix is looking to partner with Walters for a product that will please even the fussiest old biddy.
We're guessing Babs will pass. She just said she was kidding about the whole vibrator thing. Too bad ... it could make her one of the 10 Most Fascinating People ... for sure.
My Sex Toy Has a First Name ...
2/17/2014 8:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Barbara Walters really loves herself -- like REALLY loves herself -- the 84-year-old just announced on TV she has a VIBRATOR ... and it even has a name.
The topic of vibrators came up on "The View" today ... and Barbara revealed she's a big fan of the self-love movement ... even at 84 years old ... but the name she gave her vibrator is the best part. Watch the clip.
It's not the first time Barbara's gotten down and dirty on the subject of sex -- a couple years ago she asked her religious co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck if she liked it rough. Oh, Babs.
Barbara Walters Asks Elisabeth Hasselbeck "'Do... by GWHH19
to Sharon Osbourne:
Your Insults Don't Bother Me!!
11/13/2013 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Whoopi Goldberg says she doesn't give a DAMN if Sharon Osbourne was talking smack about her show ... telling TMZ Osbourne isn't the first hater ... and she probably won't be the last.
Osbourne came under fire last week when she went on the Arsenio Hall show and said the women of "The View" can all go F themselves (all except Barbara Walters).
Osbourne later reversed her position and begged The View ladies for forgiveness ... so when we saw Whoopi in NYC yesterday, we had to ask about the olive branch.
But Whoopi's answer may have hurt Sharon even more ... 'cause the Oscar winner told us, she didn't even KNOW about the insult in the first place.