‘The View’ has an opening for co-host. You must be articulate, well groomed, conservative and be able to banter with Rosie O’Donnell without getting your or her dander up. ABC is narrowing in on likely candidates.
Is your favorite conservative journalist in the running? Read about it below.
h/t: Daily News
As Confidenti@l has reported, the next two weeks will be crunch time for the ABC morning talk show: Guest co-hosts will audition for the roles left open when Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd got their walking papers last month. The show is also still looking to fill the seat once held by conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Insiders tell us one of the show’s top priorities is finding a conservative who’ll get along with newly rehired host Rosie O’Donnell — something Hasselbeck struggled to do during O’Donnell’s first go-round, in 2007.
“No one was making any salient points — they were just fighting.” says a source, who acknowledges that ratings were through the roof during the eight “polarizing” months the two were on air together.
Right-wing front-runners are said to be Daily News contributor S.E. Cupp and Fox News host Juliet Huddy, according to multiple sources. MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman is a dark horse in the race.
Cupp and Huddy come from different parts of the conservative tent. Cupp is a recently married, 35-year-old Cornell- and NYU-educated author. Huddy is a warm, Southern, 44-year-old Fox morning host who recently got engaged again after three divorces.
Our insider says ABC execs want a conservative who’s opinionated like Hasselbeck but less predictable.
“When Elisabeth would open her mouth, you knew she was going to check the Republican box all the way down the line,” we’re told.
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