The View's first season without veteran reporter Barbara Walters may end up being its last on the air if something does not radically change — fast. Pairing Whoopi Goldberg with Rosie O'Donnell has once again proven to be a fiasco onscreen that turns viscous backstage. Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez seem unable to handle the stress and infighting caused by the other two and the ratings are in the toilet.
At first ABC was looking ahead to next season and trying to figure out who it could bring in to help turn the show around, but now it is instead contemplating putting The View out of its misery after Season 18 ends. According to a report by The Daily Mail, ABC may instead opt to replace the show with an extended hour of Good Morning America, which already gets great ratings.
"The brass at ABC feels like they've tried to do everything possible to breathe new life into this show" and are debating about replacing it with an additional hour of the well-rated Good Morning America. ABC feels it's exhausted their options with The View and now it's time to expand the existing franchise, GMA. They feel that since GMA is already beating NBC's Today during the first two hours of the broadcast, why not extend the morning broadcast?" says a source close to the network.
Readers: Is The View doing so lousy because of the feud between O'Donnell and Goldberg, or was it almost destined to fail without Walters in control? Has the show been on long enough regardless of the reason why the ratings are going down? Would an extended GMA be a better idea? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section below.