By Tim Kenneally
Following “The Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne’s declaration that “The View” personalities — barring Barbara Walters — can “go f— themselves,” Julie Chen, also on “The Talk” has said that the show shouldn’t have hired Jenny McCarthy.
Appearing on Howard Stern’s show, Chen said that McCarthy — who came aboard “The View” this fall after Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar departed — doesn’t fit in with what made “The View” worth watching.
“Yes, and I’ll tell you why I think so,” Chen answered, when Stern asked her if it was a “mistake” for “The View” to hire McCarthy. “Because what made ‘The View’ so popular and so good was that you had five different women from different walks of life discussing politics. And when they … whatever happened … when Joy left and when Elisabeth left and they got Jenny in, I think they were trying to lighten the mood at the table … more gossip, more fun, more laughs.”
Chen went on to opine that “The View” simply “doesn’t know what it is now. What put them on the map and made them good and famous — they don’t do that anymore.”
Oh, and Chen reckons that nobody’s clamoring to hear what McCarthy has to say about political topics.
“No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York mayoral race and politics,” Chen offered. “That’s not what you put Jenny McCarthy on for.”
On the plus side, Chen did tell Stern that McCarthy is “beautiful and funny and talented and smart,” so at least there’s that.
Listen to Chen render her appraisal below.