Whoopi has been doing the talk show circuit promoting her new show, Strut. It's about the first Transgender Modeling Agency. When she appeared on Wendy Williams' show, Whoopi revealed that she "has" to leave, “I have to do it, baby, because I have to go and grow, I got stuff to do. I got movies I need to direct. I got books I got to finish.” Sometimes I think people forget that Whoopi is an EGOT, and she probably has projects lined up from Manhattan to LA. It really makes sense that she may want to leave a full time job to tackle these passion projects.
For her part, Whoopi isn't worried about leaving The View. In fact, she basically told Wendy that she is only a part in the machine. “This was great and I love doing it, but it’s been awhile and they’re in their 20th season. They did this without me.” In case anyone is interested, Whoopi is the longest running Moderator that the show has had. And again, as a creative person I understand her need to get out there and do something different.
Fans of the show may be asking who will replace Whoopi? That remains to be seen, but the most obvious choice would be to promote Joy Behar. On Friday's she is already holding court, and she is among the most popular co-hosts. There could be a civil war on Producers hands if they go outside of the current cast. That is if the shows does indeed go on.
Yes there was a show before Whoopi, and it has undergone many cast changes over the years. However with sagging ratings and a seeming new push into scripted shows by the networks again, this could be the final straw for the venerable show. Rumors have been rampant that the new ABC Daytime President wants to put her mark on the show and sacking The View could be the way she does it.
And because it's Music Monday, here is Mary J Blige's video for The Views theme song.