The View Shakeup, Jenny McCarthy Fired, Sherri Shepherd Quits

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1. A Total Shakeup

After Barbara Walter’s much-celebrated departure from “The View” last month, it’s now clear that there will be a total shakeup in the lineup of the 17 year old daytime talk show. In fact, some insiders are claiming that the future of the show as a whole is “up in the air”, and no one really knows what will happen when the show returns in the fall for its 18th season.  Read on for the inside scoop on exactly what happened.

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2. Fired, and Quitting

After seven years on “The View”, it was announced last week that Sherri Shepherd will not be returning to the show, after being unable to agree on contract terms. It was revealed later the same day that Jenny McCarthy was fired from the show as well.

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The actress tweeted: “My view will also be changing”, after an earlier tweet saying “If Sherri goes I go too!”¦#sisters”.  Some critics say that Jenny was hoping to give the impression that she was quitting the show voluntarily, but that she was really fired.

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Sources close to the show say that the 41 year old blonde bombshell “played it too safe” and never really let her feelings and emotions be known on the show, which in part led to the decision to let her go. Insiders say that she was never really truthful enough about her feelings on important issues, which is really the entire point of the show. The shakeup will leave Whoopi Goldberg as the only returning panelist next season.

3. What Will Happen?

Sherri and Jenny still have to return to the show on July 7 to tape five more weeks of shows, as per their contracts, but they will not be returning on September 15th, when the show debuts it’s 18th season.

Insiders close to the show say that after Barbara Walters left The View last month, things sort of spiraled out of control between the co-hosts, and the “order” that Barbara held in place was gone. ABC released a statement saying: “‘The View” will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively.

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What this means for the future of the show, and which co-hosts will be joining Whoopi in September, remains to be seen. The show has never fully gained traction again after the departures of Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and critics wonder if this most recent “dumping” of almost the entire “View” team means that it’ the beginning of the end for the long running daytime talk show.

Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.