When Jenny McCarthy was let go as co-host of ABC’s The View in June along with Sherri Shepherd, the network never really said why it wanted to flip the table over and basically start from scratch. But McCarthy thinks she knows why she was fired.
Speaking with Good Day NY on Tuesday, McCarthy said ABC’s decision to cut her loose all came down to diversity.
McCarthy said she is no longer on the show “because [ABC] wanted to make sure the table was diverse. So they consider when Rosie [O’Donnell] was coming back it was too liberal, and they wanted a conservative and they wanted a Latina, so they got Rosie Perez and their Elisabeth [Hasselbeck], if you will, so that way it was a balanced table with more diversity.”
O’Donnell was officially announced as returning to The View in early July, and Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace (the “Elisabeth” that McCarthy referred to in her quote above) were revealed as the final two co-hosts in September. They join Whoopi Goldberg, the lone holdout from last season. Barbara Walters retired from the show last season.
By Tim Surette