‘The View’ Names Sarah de la O Its First Female Director

ABC talker replaces Ashley S. Gorman in key job

Last Updated: July 23, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

ABC’s “The View” has named Sarah de la O as its new director, replacing Ashley S. Gorman in the job. With the hiring, De la O perhaps surprisingly becomes the show’s first-ever female director. Gorman, who left early last month, is male.

Executive Producer Bill Wolff, a veteran of “Rachel Maddow” who this season replaced Barbara Walters’ producing partner Bill Geddie, is staying with the program, which is entering its 19th season in September.

“We are very excited to have Sarah join the show,” Wolff said. “She has an excellent eye and a keen understanding of both visual presentation and editorial content.”

De la O is a seven-time Emmy Award winner. Among her recent credits are VH1’s “Make a Band Famous,” “E3 All Access Live” for Spike, “Crowd Goes Wild” with Regis Philbin, Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” “Big Morning Buzz” on VH1 and red carpet coverage for the TV Guide Network.

She has also served as director for ABC’s “Bachelor Pad,” “After the Final Rose” and “Bachelorette Men Tell All.”

There has been no shortage of turnover in front of the camera at “The View” either.

It was recently revealed that Nicolle Wallace will be one-and-done, leaving at the end of this season, her first. Rosie Perez is also departing the daytime talker.

As TheWrap exclusively reported, comedienne Michelle Wallace is joining as a permanent co-host next season. Fellow newbie Raven-Symone will return, as will moderator Whoopi Goldberg.

Next season, in addition to Wallace, Goldberg and Raven-Symone, “The View” will use a stable of regular, rotating co-hosts. That group is expected to include Molly Sims, Stacy London, and Sherri Shepherd, among others. Wallace may also return in that more limited role.