It is no secret that Barbara Walters is shaking up The View next season. Joy Behar has confirmed to NAUGHTY BUT NICE ROB that she is looking forward to the next (comedic) chapter of her life, while Elizabeth Hasselback’s days on the sofa look numbered, despite Babs insisting otherwise. However, it is not just any lady that Barbara wants to replace them with – she wants a lesbian.
“Barbara has gone lesbian crazy since the Supreme Court vote on marriage equality,” one View insider tells NAUGHTY BUT NICE ROB. “She thinks the future trend is gay, gay, gay and is insisting that they find a lesbian to join the show.”
The last gay co-host was Rosie O’Donnell and no one can argue that she didn’t bring attention and spice back to the stale show. But now Barbara is looking for a very specific type of lesbian – someone more like Sarah Gilbert from her arch-enemy The Talk, than Rosie.
“Barbara is obsessed with The Talk. She is a fierce competitor and is old school about studying the ratings every day. The Talk is a monster hit with its light, happy approach each day. You can expect next season of The View to be more like that. Less fighting about politics and more gossipy and fun,” adds another TV executive.