It’s hard to see what Lewinsky can bring to the table other than her notoriety.
Of course, this could all be some sad April Fool’s joke. After all the story broke in London’s Daily Mail.
But if true, it’s the second bone-headed idea in a week by television suits, who think they know what the public wants.
Last week, Comedy Central announced that South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.”
Forget for a moment, that Noah’s brand of humor is laced with sexist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic jokes, he can’t possibly provided the nuanced comedy that made Stewart so effective on the show.
For the same reason that British humor never goes over in America, Noah will never connect with viewers like Stewart, who is as American as his New York/New Jersey roots. He fundamentally understood the American predicament in a way that Noah never will.
Naming Noah as Stewart’s replacement may work if Comedy Central is looking to move the show in a totally different direction. But if they’re hoping he’ll continue Stewart’s legacy, he’ll never work.
“The View,” on the other hand, faces an entirely different problem.
You’d think producers would have learned by now that “celebrities” like Rosie O’Donnell and Jenny McCarthy don’t work on the show because they are uninformed and fundamentally have nothing to add to the conversation.
What point of view will Lewinsky bring to the show? According to one insider, Lewinsky is supposed to attract a younger demographic of online users. But Lewinsky is 41-years-old. Maybe that’s young from Walters’ perspective; she’s in her 80s.
But the fact is, most millennials probably don’t even know who she is, or why she’s famous for being famous. (Hint: She gave President Clinton a blow job in the Oval Office before you were born.)
Sadly, Noah is already a done deal, but so far no decision reportedly has been made on Lewinsky. James Goldston, President of ABC News, and Ben Sherwood, President, Disney-ABC Television Group, have yet to sign off on the deal.
Let’s hope they have the sense to pass on her and save The View from further embarrassment.
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