And then there was Whoopi: Who will step into The View hosting seats?

Whoopi Goldberg | The View - Celebrity still
Whoopi Goldberg | The View - Celebrity still

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 — Saying that the number seven in the bible “is the number of God’s completion” The View co-host Sherri Shepherd says after seven years on the hit show, it’s time to leave.

“Seven in the Bible is the number of God’s completion. And I’ve been here seven years and my time at The View is complete,” Shepherd said modestly at the top of The View broadcast this morning

Barbara Walters has departed as a host (she will remain as executive producer), and co-host Jenny McCarthy is also leaving. “Actually, it’s true – but I love the support!” McCarthy simpered, then added, “After much consideration, I’ve taken a new job that will allow me to do what I do best, which is talk without having to interrupt anyone.”

All this leaves Whoopi Goldberg, who Shepherd views as a “mentor,” as the sole host. Goldberg who recently signed a four-year contract, is said to be unhappy on The View. She supposedly did it for the carrot of a late-night talk show that has never materialized.

Is this the end of The View? Probably not. But it will require recasting the panel.

“The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively,” said an ABC statement.

However Walters was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t think we have a new direction, yet. I think we have time.” But Walters had also said that Shepherd, McCarthy and Goldberg were all coming back next season.

Well one out of three aint’ bad.

Shepherd’s departure is said to be because of an inability to reach a contract renewal agreements. While McCarthy spins her decision to leave as her own, industry rumor is that the “exciting and new direction” the show is taking does not include her.

Other news has Shepherd and estranged husband Lamar Sally battling over a child being born by a surrogate. She says the sperm is her husband’s, but the egg is not hers, and she does not plan to pay child support.

Shepherd and Sally signed a contract with the surrogate, but now Shepherd claims that the Sally defrauded her in an attempt to force her to pay child support.

This may be a topic of discussion for a future episode of The View.

So who might The View bring to the set?

Diane Sawyer is stepping down from ABC World News. Sawyer would be a great replacement for Walters, bringing some serious news background to the show.

Rosie O’Donnell was a popular host in 2006-2007, but some clashes with Walters hastened her departure. Word is that the two have made nice and she is back on the short list.

Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman is on the short list to take a seat at the table. Sources tell that “They want to test her out and see if she would work out in the mold of The View, the folks at ABC have tons of decisions to make including bringing Barbara back, they are going to make a serious splash when they rework the show. The potential to bring Andi in is something they are definitely considering.”

How about a guy? Barbara Walters has said that they are considering a male host, telling Variety, “We’re experimenting a little bit. Sometimes we think we should add a man.” One man they are considering is CNN’s Don Lemon who was recently overlooked for the 10:00pm slot vacated by Piers Morgan.

Another male possibility is former “Sex and the City” actor Mario Cantone. Cantone is gay, and he played a gay BFF on “Sex and the City.” His selection to sit on an otherwise all-female panel would play to some stereotypes that ABC might prefer to avoid.

Ana Navarro, a popular commentator on CNN and other news panels, would bring a much needed conservative voice, which Walters has said they need to balance the liberal chatter.

Everyone loves Brooke Shields, and she would be a popular replacement on the show. She was rumored to be the choice to replace Joy Behar in 2013 when she said, “I’ve hosted it, I’ve had so much fun … they haven’t asked. There’s a lot of changes happening over there. I have no idea what they’re thinking or what they’re doing.”

Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl and fashion designer, has been in the news these days, including a recent release of private photos on her 15th Wedding anniversary this past weekend. Could she be looking to increase her profile for a possible View hosting slot?

Sarah Palin has volunteered her services to The View. Were that to happen, the Palin-Goldberg interaction would probably be explosive. If ABC execs aren’t averse to blood-spatter, the possibility would be intriguing, but that one is probably a long-shot.

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