*The New York Post is reporting that Hoda Kotb, who co-hosts the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” with Kathie Lee Gifford, is on ABC’s short list to replace Joy Behar on ABC’s “The View.”
The network is reportedly “very interested” in signing Kotb, 48. Behar is leaving the show in August.
“The View” is undergoing a major cast shake-up following the departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who exited earlier this month, Behar, and Barbara Walters, who is retiring next May. The show has also been criticized for the upcoming addition of Jenny McCarthy — particularly because of her polarizing views on vaccinations.
However, it’s unclear if Kotb would be open to making the move. Entertainment Weekly reported back in April that she was exploring other job opportunities as her contract nears its fall expiration date.
“Hoda loves her job at ‘Today’ and she’s very happy laughing and scratching with Kathie Lee every day,” a source told the newspaper. A rep from ABC also denied the report saying, “there’s absolutely zero truth to this whatsoever.”