In a lengthy interview in Variety, Barbara Walters spoke about her impending retirement from The View, telling the magazine that the show needs a “conservative voice” to present a different side.
Walters, who is the co-creator, co-executive producer and co-host of The View, announced recently that she would be retiring on May 16th after 17 years on the show.
Walters told Variety that with her retirement, it was time to “shake things up,” and one of the first places the show is likely to start is with the co-hosts.
‘We’re experimenting a little bit,’ she says. ‘Sometimes we think we should add a man.’ And it looks like ‘The View’ will hire another right-leaning personality to keep those Hot Topics segments heated. ‘We need a conservative voice,’ Walters says. ‘We do try to present a different side.’
The View has been without a conservative voice since Elisabeth Hasselbeck left the show in September for the friendlier confines of Fox News, after 10 years of sparring with her liberal co-hosts.
Even though Hasselbeck was usually outnumbered three to one on the show, she more than held her own. The political discussions she had with her co-hosts, especially Joy Behar, were often the best part of the show.
If ABC wants to rekindle the spark they lost with Hasselbeck’s departure, they would do well to look at conservatives like Michelle Malkin and Dana Loesch, to name a few, to fill the conservative slot. But they may be too hot for the network to handle.