Looks like the “The View” is going to have to practically start from scratch next season: Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy (two of the three remaining co-hosts) confirmed Thursday night that they are exiting the ABC daytime talk show.
“It’s been seven wonderful years on ‘The View’ and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity,” Shepherd said in a statement released to media outlets.
Shortly afterward, McCarthy tweeted that she would also be departing the long-running chatfest after just one season.
If Sherri goes… I go too. #sisters
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
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. — Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
That leaves just moderator Whoopi Goldberg, who has been with the show since 2007 — the same year Shepherd joined. Creator and executive producer Walters, of course, “retired” from the program in May. She didn’t stay away long, though, as she’s scheduled to be on Friday’s broadcast to promote her interview with filmmaker Peter Rodger, the father of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger.
Meanwhile, “The View” has had several other significant cast shake-ups the past year, as Joy Behar left last August after 16 years with the show. That was just a month after Elisabeth Hasselbeck departed for Fox News Channel; she had been on the show for a decade.
McCarthy’s short tenure isn’t exactly surprising, as she’s been a controversial figure from the start. There was outrage when she joined the show last fall, because of her widely documented views against vaccination, and her suddenly very public platform to potentially share those thoughts. (The pressure built so much that she penned an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times that stated she was not “anti-vaccine.”) She also caught heat from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights for her comments about the pope.
No word on what will happen to the show yet, save for an essentially new cast next fall alongside Whoopi.
” ‘The View’ will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively,” the network said in a statement via Variety.