“The View” is getting another cast overhaul. After the rumored addition of ABC anchor Paula Faris and the hiring of comedian Michelle Collins, the show has decided to part ways with co-host Nicolle Wallace, the Republican commentator. Other recent departures from the show reportedly occurred for personal reasons, but why was Wallace given the ax?
Variety reports that Wallace will not return in a full-time capacity when Season 19 premieres this fall, but she has been offered a contributor role. So far there has been no confirmation as to whether Wallace will accept the offer.
However, the outlet suggests that ABC honchos found Wallace’s political commentary too soft -- both on the show and when she contributed to the network’s coverage of the 2010 midterm elections. ABC bosses reportedly thought that her lack of dissent from other "View" panelists led to tepid conversations rather than the dynamic arguments that attract viewers. After a ratings fall of 16 percent last season, “The View” needs more eyeballs.
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A Deadline columnist also cited Wallace’s lack of pop culture knowledge as another contributing factor for the firing of Wallace, a former communications chief for President George W. Bush. The network maybe eyeing former “Full House” star Candace Cameron Bure, a staunch and argumentative conservative, to bring back the antagonistic energy that some say the show has been lacking since Elisabeth Hasselbeck left in July 2013.
Wallace joined “The View” last September with actress Rosie Perez and former daytime talk show host Rosie O’Donnell. Perez announced her resignation last week on “The View” and stated she would finish out the season. O’Donnell left in February for personal reasons.
The new season of “The View” begins Sept. 19.