Whoopi Goldberg looks to be close to extending her contract on “The View” for at least one more year, TheWrap has learned.
There was speculation that the Oscar-winning actress was planning to leave the show at the end of this season, but it seems that she has had a change of heart, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Goldberg first joined the ABC daytime show in 2007, replacing Rose O’Donnell. She engaged in a much-publicized feud with fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck during the Hot Topics segment of the show, over topics such as abortion and the use of racial slurs.
“The View” has been afflicted by nearly non-stop host changes in recent seasons. Last week, co-host Michelle Collins was sent packing after a year on the show. And now published reports point to a new role for Sara Haines, currently an anchor on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”
ABC has not yet announced its intentions for two more current panelists, Raven-Symone and Candace Cameron Bure.
Joy Behar – who sat out two seasons earlier this decade – is the sole remaining co-host from “The View’s” original incarnation in 1997.