Rosie could be the last Celebrity-with-a-capital-C to snag a seat at the table.
With the exception of creator Barbara Walters,
But change appears to be afoot. While the names being bandied about in recent rumors might belong to familiar faces from TV news, there's not a Playboy spread, reality show or stool-and-a-mike setup among them.
This could get serious.
Conservative radio host and Fox Newschannel contributor Tammy Bruce has been interviewed. WGN Morning News reporter Ana María Belaval and "Take Part Live" host and pundit Meghan McCain were guest hosts this week, with those visits being seen as auditions. CNN's "Crossfire" host and conservative writer S.E. Cupp is said to be up for consideration.
In any case, with only O'Donnell and veteran moderator Goldberg having Hollywood resumes, rival CBS show "The Talk" would suddenly look a lot more starry in the mornings. Yup, the same "The Talk" that last week beat "The View" in the most desirable ratings demographics for the first time in its four-year history.
"The View" now appears to be "going for fireworks rather than camaraderie," Behar told the Daily Beast the other day, noting that the tone of the show had gotten more intense after the additions of Hasselbeck and O'Donnell (in her first tour of duty) and then shifted back.
"By the time I left last summer it became goody-goody again," she said. "Fluffy."
Fluffy? Ahh -- the good old days.