“The View‘s” long history of changing co-hosts takes another turn as the show announced the return of Elisabeth Hasselbeck who was previously on the panel from 2003 to 2013. Some fans of the show were not thrilled about the announcement and the road might get rocky as the panel leans right.
With the recent exit of Abby Huntsman, some wonder if Hasselbeck could end up having a permanent seat at the table. Although Abby presented herself as a conservative, she is one of the few on the right whose views were more flexible- sometimes more centrist.
“The View,” founded by Barbara Walters, has had 22 permanent co-hosts, usually consisting of four to eight women per season. The panel discusses “Hot Topics” of social and political issues. The current line-up consists of moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain. There are often guest panelists such as Ana Navarro in this most recent season.
Ana Navarro, like Abby Huntsman, is a conservative who is more open-minded, and she is very funny, sometimes with a dry wit. This adds a nice dimension to her viewpoints and helps keep things on even keel.
With Whoopi Goldberg at the helm beginning August, 2007, there were rotating co-hosts who filled in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck while she was on maternity leave for two three-month periods.
In 2013, reports surfaced that Hasselbeck was to leave the show at the end of the season. This was due to market research showing that both she and Joy Behar’s views were too polarizing to viewers. Hasselbeck announced on the July 10th episode that she was leaving “The View” to join “Fox & Friends” and that it was her last day on the show. “The View” continued to have rotating co-hosts and guest hosts throughout the following years.
One person who is very thrilled that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is returning to co-host next week is Meghan McCain. She is the resident conservative co-host on the view. McCain is a polarizing figure who sometimes sets the panel on fire with her hardcore Republican views presented in a sometimes-harsh fashion. She is strong in her convictions and comes to the program prepared and ready to fight for her perspective on political issues.
The effect McCain has on the panel tends to be polarizing sometimes – not only to the other panelists but to the audience as well. It’s no secret that the program sometimes veers off into heated discussions with everyone talking over each other at the same time.
It’s during those boisterous times that Meghan McCain can be heard above everybody else – and longer than anyone else. On the current panel, you hear her passionate pronouncements driven by her conservative views. If you add Elisabeth Hasselbeck to the mix, the panel becomes more right-leaning with McCain and Hasselbeck on one side – and Whoopi, Joy, and Hustin on the other.
What this will do to the dynamics of the team remains to be seen. There will also have to be consideration as to how receptive the audience is when the studio temperature rises higher than in the past. Some people feel that adding a “Fox and Friends” alumnus to the equation is not healthy or fair. Aside from Fox, there are many shows – mostly on radio and on cable – that cater to the Conservative/Republican viewpoint, and besides “Real Time” with Bill Maher, there’s not a whole lot representing a more liberal point of view.
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