Spot inspection: 'The View'

View_lWhen I decided to tune in to The View this morning, I certainly wasn’t expecting a high-octane harpy-fest — not with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on maternity leave, and Rosie O’Donnell now a shadow of a memory in the moderator’s chair — but I also didn’t expect it to be the TV equivalent of Lunesta. Maybe this isn’t news to the rest of you, but when did these ladies — namely Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters (pictured) — forget how to have an interesting conversation?

"Hot Topics" kicked off with a clunky discussion about a book by (in Joy’s words) the "Dr. Phil of Saudi Arabia," which included advice for men on when and how to hit their wives (!), but the ladies talked over each other so much, any potentially salient points were swallowed in the cacophony. And when the subject turned to President Pervez Musharraf declaring a state of emergency in Pakistan, Barbara insisted the show needed to focus on "nice, light subjects." Alrigthy then! Onto the nice light topic of sexual abuse allegations at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa! Here, Whoopi started rambling that "one of the things you are risking if you open a school where you are not" is the risk of possible scandals taking place. And her point was what? That Oprah shouldn’t have founded and funded the school unless she was planning to quit her day job and take over as dean?

Finally, the panel came to the conclusion that Heather Mills is a bad person because she once demanded room-temperature water from one of Barbara Walters’ ABC minions. And then Joy tried to make a case for banning smoking in apartment buildings, which sent Whoopi into a huff (déjà vu, or have I seen this tantrum before?), and ended with Joy yelling, "I can smell the brisket!"

The episode’s only interview guest was Jerry Seinfeld, who I’m guessing stopped by The View since he’s already been on every other TV talk show ever broadcast to promote Bee Movie.Would it be enough to say that Babs used "yadda yadda yadda" in herintroduction? Or that the famed newswoman’s first question was askingthe comedian if he wanted to describe (once more) the most overhyped,over-described film of the season?

That said, the sit-down yielded one brilliant moment: theincredulouos look on Whoopi’s face when Seinfeld mentioned doingstandup for corportate gigs, and Babs asked — without a hint of irony —"You don’t do those for money, do you?" Um, is it too late to bringback that morning show with Kimora Lee Simmons, Jules Asner, andCynthia Garrett? Or did I just catch a particularly jank View episode and need to give the show one more chance?

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  • kelsey

    oh my god, even reading about an episode of The View is boring …

  • Snarf

    My guess is Whoppi will last about as long as Rosie and for the same reasons. Walters runs the show (and treats everyone) like it’s her own personal fiefdom (which I guess it is, but still….)

  • Justin

    Sherri sat behind me at a show of American Gangster last night. I resisted the urge to bring up the Earth and its roundness. But she seemed to enjoy the movie, and identified the Public Enemy song over the closing credits correctly.

  • Kayla

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck is gone to give birth, and hopefully she will decide to be a stay-home mom, that way she will spare us her tantrums and diva-like behavior, ever since Star Jones adn Rosie O left. It is obvious that I am not alone in my dislike of this woman; more often than not it is apparent that she is getting on Barbara and Whoopi’s face and they are both running out of tolerance with her. Joy is intent on staying there, and she will not make a fuss; however, if she were to open up, I am sure she too would have critical comments. Hasselbeck thinks she is the moral compass of America. I am sorry to break it to her: she is not. And I sincerely hope she will not be back from maternity. Let her join the moral majority elsewhere.

  • charlie

    i miss elisabeth!
    i said it.

  • laur

    slezak, can you please write the desperate housewives tv watch??

  • adam

    i actually think that Whoopi has been a tad more rude then Rosie. Rosie was very opinionated but seemed very open to other peoples opinions (on non-political issues). Whoopi shoots down LITERALLY every other persons thoughts. I really liked her until she came to the view.

  • Jeff

    Disagree if you must but this show is so much better when Barbara is not on.

  • Jeff

    Disagree if you must but this show is so much better when Barbara is not on.

  • Shar

    I use to love this show, but now it just sucks!Even the guest are boring these days. I loved Rosie at times but she was on Martha Stewart and I hated her on there..And PLEASE, Elizbeth stay home with your children!!!

  • Stephen

    I quit watching after Rosie left. That whole incident put a bad taste in my mouth and the show will never be the same. They should have kept Rosie for at LEAST one more year. OH well… I have an odd feeling that this show climaxed with Rosie and the only place to go now is down… down… down…

  • stephen (the other one)

    I watched one episode weeks ago, and I guess nothing has changed. Since Rosie left, it seems like they’re trying too hard to stir up controversy, unlike Rosie, who caused uproars by uttering anything. Come back Rosie! Not you, Elizabeth.

  • Lisa

    The View has become extremely boring. Ro gave the show some life and a little kick. As of now it has become a snooze fest. Keep your fingers cross that the icequeen Elisabeth won’t return.

  • Silv

    I miss Meredith. It’s not the same to see her on the Today show.
    I think the show had more fire when Rosie was on, though she could overdo the “here I come to save the day” routine.
    The best Elizabeth is a silent Elizabeth.

  • jamie

    barbara needs to retire from the view! it is much better when she’s not there!

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