ABC’s The View seems to have a revolving door of cast members these days. Guest hosts come and go, but even permanent cast members have been let go in 2015. Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie O’Donnell all gave up their chairs, by force or by choice this year. And the game of musical chairs doesn’t seem to be over yet.
Pressure from the outside appears to be a catalyst for change within the show’s cast. In what some might say reads more like a list of demands from Black Lives Matter, a petition on www.change.org is circulating and asking viewers to sign to have Raven-Symone removed from the show for not being black enough, so to speak.
The petition reads, “African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say. We need strong black rolemodels (sic) in prominent positions on television an (sic) Raven Symone cannot provide that.”
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Anonymous sources have reportedly told the Daily Mail that Symone and one other cast member, Michelle Collins, are on the chopping block from the show’s lineup for 2016. That same source said that two new cast members are being considered.
Louise Boyle from the Daily Mail writes, “The new contenders include Good Morning America’s Sara Haines and CNN’s Sunny Hostin.” Hostin, who recently co-hosted the show, was a contender in 2014, but Rosie Perez was chosen instead. Hostin currently works at CNN as a legal analyst.
While on the show recently, Hostin claimed that she is pro-life but that the Planned Parenthood videos put out by the Center for Medical Progress were “soundly debunked.” Some may consider her claims of being pro-life insincere after that statement, by claiming to be pro-life yet defending the PP claims that the videos were heavily edited and fake.
The other potential seat warmer to host The View is Good Morning America’s Sara Haines. Haines is the lifestyle editor for the show.
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