Babs, that is Barbara Walters, ruled the roost during her long tenure on the show.
As such, she had considerable influence on who went and who stayed at the table.
She strongly backed both Shepherd and McCarthy. As late as April, she said both would be returning. But with her retirement, along went her influence.
Whoopi Goldberg now appears to be the reigning hen. She was influential behind-the-scenes in the palace coup that saw Sherri and McCarthy ousted, according to our network source.
Sherri Shepherd’s Statement
“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Gedde for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”
The firings reportedly took place late yesterday, according to gossip site TMZ. But dissatisfaction with the current lineup has been brewing for some time.
Walters’ departure, although she remains as executive editor, was the last roadblock to the shake up, our source said.
Whoopi, meanwhile, has long been dissatisfied with the quality of the discussion. She’s whip-smart and well informed. Shepherd and McCarthy, on the other hand, added little to the conversation, outside of uninformed opinion.
Sherri, whose, contract was expiring, apparently made significant salary demands, which sealed her fate, according to deadline.com
McCarthy also refused to move to New York, where the show was taped. Instead, she remained in Chicago and commuted to New York to tape. She never really got into the job.
At least Sherri went out like a pro. (See Statement) No so much McCarthy, who wrote a terse twitter.