Are Sherri Shepherd and Joy Behar returning to The View? They might be, if ABC executives have their way!
According to a new report, the former The View hosts have both been approached about rejoining the cast of the popular daytime talk show to help save the program's declining ratings.
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While The View's fall season premiere garnered an impressive amount of viewers — thanks to the addition of new cast members Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez and the return of Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell — the program's ratings have reportedly since plummeted in comparison to last season.
"Both Sherri and Joy had huge followings while on the show and their familiarity could be just the thing to spark interest in the show again and generate some positive buzz," a source said in the report.
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"ABC conducted focus groups on the new version of The View and found that the audience hates that the show seems so serious now, so there's a charge to get back to the pop culture and social issues that younger viewers can relate to. That's why they're talking to Sherri about returning. She brought a fun, energetic spirit to the show and loved talking about the Kardashians and reality TV," the source added.
Part of the ratings problem is allegedly due to Rosie's refusal to talk about such "fun" topics that previously drew in younger audiences, the report stated. This, and Rosie's vast history of being difficult to work with on The View, has caused the network to reportedly leave her in the dark about any possible changes to the cast.
"Despite Rosie's reluctance to discuss that type of stuff, she doesn't have much room to fight it now that the ratings have dropped so badly," the source explained.
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While ABC may be hoping the former co-hosts return to the show, both stars are currently busy working on other projects. Sherri recently signed on to appear on 10 episodes of TV Land's 'The Soul Man' and Joy is now starring in the one-woman off-Broadway show, 'Me, My Mouth and I.'
Mail Online first reported this news.
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