“The View” executive producer Bill Wolff has elected to leave the ABC News program to pursue new opportunities. He follows Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace out the door; Rosie O’Donnell also came and left (again) this season.
In Wolff’s absence, Candi Carter is coming aboard as interim showrunner, ABC News President James Goldston said in an internal memo.
“We are all enormously grateful to Bill for his incredible leadership in re-launching the show last fall, moving ‘The View’ staff and set to a new location, welcoming returning friends and new co-hosts to our ‘View’ family and planning ahead for a terrific Season 19,” Goldston wrote. “He leaves ‘The View’ well positioned for even brighter days this fall, and I am personally grateful that over the next few weeks Bill will help ensure a smooth transition and kick off to the new season.”
This fall, the show will launch Season 19 with the return of Joy Behar and new co-hosts Paula Faris and Candace Cameron Bure. Michelle Collins will become an official co-host when the new-look talker is reborn on Sept. 8. Joining her will be returning panelist Raven-Symoné and veteran moderator Whoopi Goldberg.
Earlier this month, Wolff named Brian Teta co-executive producer. Wolff previously ran Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show, before replacing Barbara Walters’ producing partner Bill Geddie at “The View.”
Here is Goldston’s staff note:
Team,A few weeks ago Bill Wolff came to me with bittersweet news. After steering the ship at “The View” for Season 18, he had decided to move on to new opportunities.We are all enormously grateful to Bill for his incredible leadership in re-launching the show last fall, moving “The View” staff and set to a new location, welcoming returning friends and new co-hosts to our “View” family and planning ahead for a terrific Season 19. And Bill was an upbeat, unwavering and steady hand behind the scenes in the control room and on the floor day in and day out. He leaves “The View” well positioned for even brighter days this fall, and I am personally grateful that over the next few weeks Bill will help ensure a smooth transition and kick off to the new season.Today Candi Carter joins us as a consulting producer to help launch Season 19. Candi will serve as interim showrunner, working alongside our new co-executive producer Brian Teta. Candi has considerable daytime television experience, best known for her work as a senior producer and supervising producer at The Oprah Winfrey Show for over 15 years. She’s overseen a wide range of programming, from big events and musical performances to fashion and talent shows and surprise reunions. Mostly recently, she launched the Ice T and Coco talk show and executive produced a Hurricane Katrina Anniversary special and breaking news programs for BET.Please join me in thanking Bill and wishing him the best and welcoming Candi to “The View.”James