New season, new drama! Find out why The View is struggling more than ever before behind the scenes.
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"Whoopi hates the new set, and isn't happy with how it makes her look on camera. Complaining that everything is just 'too bright,' Whoopi wants changes made asap," a source told RadarOnline.com.
ABC’s “The View” – Season 18
"Whoopi is no longer being advised about new hires and consultants that are being brought on board to save the show," the source said. "Previously, ABC executives would get Whoopi's input, but that is no longer being done. Whoopi has limited access media from coming on the set for visits arranged by the publicity department at ABC. All of that has now changed in a last ditch effort to save the show."
ABC’s “The View” – Season 18
If the ratings don't improve, "The View could be canceled as early as January," the source claimed. "ABC has sunk a lot of money into the show and it has just become no longer financially lucrative as it once was."
Rosie O'Donnell WILL return as a guest, according to the source, if she has something to promote "against the objections that Whoopi has publicly made. Whoopi never should have told Entertainment Tonight Rosie wouldn't be coming back. Does she write the checks that keep the show going? No. By making such a big deal about it, Whoopi has all but guaranteed that Rosie will be back."
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Barbara Walters, however, is persona non grata, the source claimed: "She has even stopped attempting to give feedback to producers of the show on ways to improve. This was Barbara's baby and was supposed to be a lasting legacy. She hates that ABC has allowed her to be marginalized."
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With executive producer, Bill Wolff fired before the season 19 debut, "The show once again feels like it has no direction," the source said. "Television industry veteran Hilary Estey McLoughlin was hired as a consultant to revamp the show and she isn't afraid to ruffle feathers."
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Whoopi has been "treated like a queen, and everyone tip toed around her for years," said the source. "She has bragged that the show would be canceled without her. But don't be surprised if Whoopi is out by midseason and replaced by Joy Behar as the moderator.
Viewers are confused about the new cast, because conservative co-host Candace Cameron Bure appeared on season 19 during the third segment, and was left out of the introductory Hot Topics discussion about jailed Kentucky city clerk, Kim Davis.
Cameron Bure was hired to be the "conservative voice, but won't be able to do the gig full-time because she is filming Full House for Netflix," the source explained. "Viewers need stability and a rotating guest co-host just confuses the audience."
Meanwhile, CBS standout The Talk has eclipsed The View in ratings. "What was once laughed at by ABC executives as a mere copycat, now has a bigger audience, and viewership for the The View is down 16%," the source explained.