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Former Host Meredith Vieira Says She Feels Bad for Everyone at The View

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Who knew a bunch of ladies sitting around the table with Barbara Walters could solicit so much attention?

Meredith Vieira, a former cast member of The View has said she doesn’t watch the show anymore because of its decline in quality.

"I have to admit, the day after Star made her announcement, I watched," Vieira said in an interview published in Time magazine. "But I feel very sad for everything that's happened and for everybody involved."

Star Jones Reynolds unceremoniously exited The View in June amid speculation that she was wanted out because comedian Rosie O'Donnell was picked to fill Meredith Vieira’s spot — rumor had it that Reynolds was angry at O’Donnell for publicly saying Reynolds had gastric bypass surgery. There was also speculation that Reynolds, who was married last year and is accused of abusing her access to freebies and promoting wedding companies on air to get free stuff for her own wedding, was not going to be asked back.

Since Reynolds' departure, the show has brought in a series of “trial hosts” such as Renee Elise Goldsberry, Kelly Monaco, Susan Lucci, Robin Givens, Mo'Nique and Shannen Doherty, singers Brandy Norwood and American Idol contestants Katharine McPhee and Kellie Pickler, who were all hoping to take over her spot. The producers have not announced who the lucky lady will be yet.

Vieira stepped down after nine years on the program this summer to take over Katie Couric’s place as co-anchor of NBC's Today show, which she will begin September 13.
The Washington Post recently reported that Vieira, who was also the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is “proud of her efforts for the popular daytime talk show, but she told Time that it's not what it used to be.”

"It's hard to watch. It sort of became a joke," she said.

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  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    Lmao…”Sort of”?

  • Heloise

    The View is a reality show. It should not be taken seriously. But since like most reality shows they stomp all over the black girls walk over their bleeding media images and then say “oh, she deserved it.” I don’t think that Star deserved to be stomped by Walters and the others who said that she “was difficult to work with.” Or said same when asked if another black woman would take her place.

    Blacks need their own networks and shows. And until we get them and don’t sell them to the highest bidder we get what we deserve or don’t deserve in the blue eyes of the beholder.

    Heloise