*Gospel singers Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin will help Sherri Shepherd mark her last day on “The View.”
The episode will air Monday, but the farewell to Shepherd and co-host Jenny McCarthy was taped Thursday. The gospel trio performed a special song dedicated to Shepherd, who is leaving the show after a seven year run.
McCarthy received a lower-key farewell on Thursday’s show, with highlight clips from her one-and-done season as co-host.
Shepherd and McCarthy said in June that they would be leaving “The View.” It’s part of the show’s upheaval after creator Barbara Walters retired from on-camera duties.
The show will be in reruns begining Tuesday until its new season begins in September.
There’s been no announcement of who will join remaining co-host Whoopi Goldberg and the returning Rosie O’Donnell…but Deadline.com is reporting that conservative political commentator Nicolle Wallace has taken the lead to become the new Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and October Gonzalez (wife of NFL star Tony) also tops the list of those expected to join the morning show.
According to Deadline’s Lisa De Moraes, MSNBC’s Wallace — who was George W. Bush’s communications honcho and famously portrayed by Sarah Paulson in HBO’s “Game Change” – and Gonzalez — who famously posed naked with her husband for PETA to discourage fur wearing — were among those ABC chemistry-tested Thursday on the set of “The Chew” before a test audience.
“It’s all speculation at this point — we don’t have any announcement; no decisions have been made,” a rep for the show told Deadline.
Wallace, who served as George W. Bush’s communications chief, was not the only conservative political talker to test; CNN’s Crossfire conservative “S.E. Cupp” was among those tested. But CNN contributing legal analyst Sunny Hostin had been widely reported to be the frontrunner to fill a presumed political-pundit slot heading into yesterday’s Chem Test.
Also among those tested yesterday were CNN political contributor Ana Navarro, who previously worked on the campaigns of Sen. John McCain and others, as well as Bloomberg TV managing editor Stephanie Ruhle.
Also tested were ESPN anchor Sage Steele, ESPN.com columnist Jemele Hill, and “Good Day LA” co-host Lauren Sanchez.
The Chem Test at “The Chew” studios with Whoopi and Rosie reportedly ran from about 9 a.m. to noon in front of an audience of about 50, reports Deadline.