Just weeks after "The View's" creator, Barbara Walters, stepped down from the panel (and retired from her on-screen TV career), there's been a major shakeup on the talk show. Longtime panelist Sherri Shepherd and recent addition Jenny McCarthy are leaving.
Former TODAY anchor Meredith Vieira, who once served as moderator on "The View," stopped by TODAY Friday and discussed the news.
While Vieira didn't have any insider info to offer, she did speculate about where the show could go from here.
"There may be men, I think, in the future on 'The View,'" she said.
As for the women on their way out, they both confirmed the news of their departures on Thursday.
While neither Shepherd nor McCarthy revealed whether they quit or were fired from the series, a statement from the network hints that current changes to the show came straight from ABC.
"'The View’ will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively," the statement read.
Although Walters is no longer on the show, she remains a decision maker behind the scenes as executive producer, and she'll appear as a guest on Friday's episode of "The View." The segment was taped before the cast changes were announced.
After news of the shakeup, Shepherd thanked Walters, who she referred to as her "second mom."
McCarthy vowed that she and her "Avengers" (a group that includes Shepherd) will make a comeback.
There's been no announcement concerning replacements for Shepherd and McCarthy. For now, only moderator Whoopi Goldberg is still slated to remain next season.
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