Insider: Rosie O’Donnell’s ‘View’ Replacement Might Not Be Named for Months

Insider close to the ABC daytime talk show tells TheWrap that viewers should expect to see recurring guest hosts for extended runs

Last Updated: February 16, 2015 @ 4:34 PM

“The View” is going to take its time replacing Rosie O’Donnell — possibly into spring or early summer, a show insider told TheWrap.

The show is in no rush to find a replacement for O’Donnell, who exited for the second time Thursday.

“They’ll take their time to find the right fit,” an insider told TheWrap. “There’s a ton of interest. Expect to see people brought in multiple times and for extended runs.”

Some of those names that will appear are Michelle Williams, Padma Lakshmi, Sam Ponder, Stacy London and Naya Rivera.

The search for a new co-host to join Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, who has been rumored to be exiting the show, could extend into late spring or early summer, according to the insider.

Over the last few months, the show has been marred by talks of chemistry issues, swirling rumors of departing hosts and media critics speculating on how it can get its groove back compared to the glory days of strong ratings and buzzworthy casts.

For the week ending on Jan. 11, CBS’ gabfest “The Talk” beat the ABC program in total viewers for the first time in its 18-season history — 2.95 million vs. 2.88 million, respectively. But season-to-date, “The View” is outperforming CBS’ “The Talk” in all key demos: by an average of 229,000 total viewers, by 29,000 viewers in women 25-54, by 41,000 in women 18-49.

On Thursday, O’Donnell exited in classic Rosie style:

“Now you see, if that was every day, I probably would have stayed,” she joked as the audience chanted her name in response to her dancing to “Low” by Flo Rida. “Thank you. That was very sweet, thank you very much.”

The comedian cited her divorce and health issues as the reason for departing the daytime talk show.