The View is getting smaller and smaller.
The show, which originally aired with a five co-host panel, is down to just two current personalities, as Sherri Shepherd confirms that she will be leaving the production, according to E! News.
“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on,” Shepherd said today in a statement to Deadline via E! “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,” she added.
Even more changes for the talk show may be in store. Sources told E! that producers of The View are also looking to replace Jenny McCarthy. In addition, rumors are circulating that producers have their sights set on bringing former Real Housewives of New York star, Bethenny Frankel, on board. “The View is looking for someone to spice up the show,” a source told VH1’s The Gossip Show earlier this week. “Someone with big opinions and a big personality and Bethenny is at the top of the list.” The source also revealed that Frankel, whose own talk show was canceled in February after just one season, is “very interested in getting back on TV. It is the only job that she really knows. She is telling friends that she thinks she can save The View.”
The female-driven talk show has been a virtual merry-go-round of talent over the past year. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar both left the program last summer around the same time McCarthy was added. Behar left the show after 16 seasons and Hasselbeck exited to accept a position with Fox News. Perhaps the biggest change came just this past spring when matriarch, Barbara Walters, retired in May.