Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will not be returning to The View, it was announced on Thursday.
The decision was taken after a meeting with ABC … and in addition, executive producer Bill Geddie was also axed from the show.
This leaves only one cast member – Whoopi Goldberg – remaining on the show, as Barbara Walters, the show’s creator, has since announced her retirement last year … though she will remain the show’s producer till the end of this summer.
Both Shepherd and McCarthy later confirmed the news via media statements. Shepherd said:
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 Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.
McCarthy wrote on Twitter, ‘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.’
And as for the way forward for The View, ENTmania! learned that Rosie O’Donnell may return, and producers are interested in signing up Laila Ali, Ross Mathews and Jesse Palmer.