Inside 'The View' Shakeup — Latest Scoop on Rosie, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sarah Palin, and More
What will the future crew of The View look like?
Ever since Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were out as co-hosts — leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the show's lone returnee — a high-stakes game of musical chairs has been playing out behind the scenes.
But there is finally beginning to be some clarity as Rosie O'Donnell has emerged as a virtual lock for one of the open seats.
Multiple sources tell The Insider With Yahoo that O'Donnell is closing in on a deal that could be inked any day now once some final details get hashed out. One source close to the negotiations says O'Donnell will have "meaningful and impactful" editorial control over the show, including sign-off on the other incoming panelists.
But the Rosie choice isn't going over well on all fronts.
On Wednesday morning, former View host Elisabeth Hasselbeck called in from her vacation to her new professional home at Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends to slam her former sparring partner.
"I do believe this has been in the works for a long, long time," Hasselbeck said. "[Rosie] walked around with a lot of control and then when I had the chance to talk to her, Rosie herself, told me, on set while we were mic-ed up that she produced the reunion show to have everybody together and that it was her idea. Now, do you think the woman who left the way that she did would be producing Barbara [Walters]'s goodbye show? Here's the shocker, it was actually her 'Hello Show.'"
"I know Rosie very well. We worked quite closely," Hasselbeck ranted. "Talk about not securing the border. Here in comes to The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there."
Hasselbeck added that Rosie is, "coming back with a bunch of control ready to regain The View with a seat at that table, not surprising."
However, a source familiar with the production disputes Hasselbeck's account of the farewell episode, telling The Insider that O'Donnell and Hasselbeck appeared "cordial and they got along famously." The source adds that Hasselbeck's comments this morning were a "slap in the face" to the producers who worked tirelessly to produce Barbara's goodbye show.
Hasselbeck, meanwhile, also suggests the O'Donnell-Goldberg dynamic could be problematic. "Let's not forget Whoopi Goldberg is sitting there and Whoopi is not going to let anyone control her… She has actually more trophies in her case than Rosie. She's the leader on that show. I'm going to be very interested to see how that goes… I don't think it would be wise for Rosie O'Donnell to challenge Whoopi Goldberg on anything."
Later Wednesday, O'Donnell tweeted a response:
Aside from O'Donnell's presumptive return, there are other changes in store for The View. Yahoo has learned that Bill Geddie, The View's co-executive producer and co-creator (with Walters) since its debut 17 years ago, may not return. There was no immediate comment from Geddie or ABC.