Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd confirmed that they would no longer be part of “The View” come August 2014 as their contract with ABC expires. The two stars made this announcement while they sat with Whoopi Goldberg and Ana Ortiz, a guest host, on Monday, July 7, 2014. Read on to learn more about this news story.
According to US Weekly, the announcement started as a joke. McCarthy, who has been part of “The View” since September 2013, welcomed the audience with a disclaimer about the speculations that she and Shepherd would be leaving the show. After the audience listened to the seemingly good news and roared with supportive applause, McCarthy turned serious and confirmed that they are saying goodbye to “The View.”
McCarthy gave a hint about other reasons for giving up the show aside from the expiration of their contract. She said that she accepted a new job, which could mean competition with “The View.” She added that she was sincerely grateful to have been given the chance to work with many producers and co-hosts, especially in the last year of Barbara Walters before her retirement.
Teary-eyed Sherri Shepherd said that her plan not to renew her contract has been known to the producers of the show. She also gave the audience a glimpse of what is going to happen with her life after the show by implying about some personal matters, including the reported issue with estranged husband Lamar Sally.
Shepherd added that she had the best times at “The View” in the seven long years of her stay that’s why she was very thankful to Bill Geddie and Barbara Walters for giving her the opportunity to work with them, from whom she learned a lot of things, including getting used to things that were not in her comfort zone.
By best times at “The View,” Shepherd probably meant getting the chance to interview Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Shepherd herself said in her speech that she was blessed to have been able to meet two world’s biggest personalities. She mentioned as well that another blessing would be the chance to call Oprah Winfrey a friend.
McCarthy held Shepherd’s hand while the former told the audience how much she loved the “The View” family, and eventually, tears rolled down from her eyes.
Their exits will be the most recent changes in the show’s apparently shaky year. The creator of the show, Barbara Walters, retired earlier this year, while the previous season witnessed the exits of Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Meantime, Whoopi Goldberg is the only host who will stay in the talk show.
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