Nicole Wallace Fired as Co-Host of ‘The View’
The carousel of hosts, co-hosts and contributors on The View continues, as Nicole Wallace has been fired as co-host less than one year after joining the show. However, this might not actually be the end of her tenure on the program.
ABC has offered Wallace a contract to appear on The View as a contributor. This position would basically allow her to be on the show from time to time, without the commitment of a regular hosting gig. According to a source, Wallace has yet to decide if she’ll stick with the show as a contributor or just bail on this hot mess express altogether.
Wallace originally joined the show last September, having won the role following her time as communications chief under President George W. Bush. Basically, she was picked as the de facto Republican of the panel. However, ABC apparently felt she didn’t offer enough dissent as a political voice on the show. And, to make matters worse, she frequently made comments during the show about just how little she knew about the celebrities who were often the topic of discussion.
A source close to Wallace says she’s hurt that ABC doesn’t want her back for another season, but honestly, I wouldn’t be too broken up about it if I were her. It doesn’t particularly seem like ABC even knows what they want for the show anymore, between the departure of Rosie Perez, the hiring of Michelle Collins to permanent co-host status, and the proposal of a rotating series of guest hosts in the coming season.
With ratings down considerably compared to last year, and heightened competition from CBS’s The Talk, some are wondering if it might not be time to just call it a day and let The View ride off into the sunset. But ABC is continuing to fight to revive The View from the dead. In fact, the network is apparently looking at Good Morning America weekend anchor Paula Faris and Full House star Candace Cameron-Bure as possible permanent co-hosts to fill the void. I guess we’ll see how that works out, but I’m not exactly holding my breath that any one name (or even two) will prove to be a fix for the show. That said, The View has done an awfully good job of remaining in the spotlight, for better or worse, over the past year.
The new season of The View premieres this September.
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And for more on The View, check out our report on the hiring of Michelle Collins and the plan for rotating guest hosts!