ABC executives are finalizing a plan to reboot The View next fall, for the second consecutive year, with a flurry of changes that could include the departure of at least one of its regular hosts. While moderator Whoopi Goldberg will remain as the face of the struggling daytime talk show, the future of two of her co-hosts, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, is in doubt. One or both women could be dropped because network execs are underwhelmed with their contributions to the show’s signature Hot Topics segment, which is expected to shift focus permanently toward more lighthearted celebrity fluff.
The changes come as instability behind-the-scenes at the show continues, say insiders, which probably isn’t what Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood was hoping for when he shifted oversight of the program from ABC’s daytime division to its ABC News unit as part of a previous reboot effort that brought in Wallace and Perez last September. Executives are facing pressure from affiliates to rescue The View from a significant ratings drop following Barbara Walters’ retirement in May 2014. The View will aim for a five-woman co-host format next year, according to a source with knowledge of the plans. Former Disney star Raven Symone, who was recently announced as a new co-host, will be returning.
In the winter, ABC bosses reached a decision to quietly let Perez go from The View, until a report announced the plan before they were ready, forcing them to backtrack. But if Perez does exit the show this time, the decision could be mutual, according to sources, since the actress has been thinking about returning to movies.