“Till Death Do Us Part”


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A week or so ago, some of the panel on “The View” were disturbed after seeing images of actress, model, television hotel, author and restaurateur Barbara Smith (B Smith to the world) who has Alzheimer’s. Other’s, notably host and friend of the couple Sunny Hostin who was angry that Dan Gasby has a girlfriend who lives part time with the couple.

Host, Sunny Hostins, grand father left her grandmother who had Alzheimer’s, she and her family cared for her grandmother.

Last December, Gasby announced on Facebook that he was “feeling great” with his new girlfriend, Alex Lerner,

writing “#WhyLie.” It became clear from social media posts that Lerner was occasionally staying at the couple’s home.

Since the posting, Gasby has faced a backlash from the public.  Most were troubled by his relationship with his girlfriend.  Beleving it was being disrespectful to his wife and  their marriage for others, its his white girlfriend.

Mr Gasby, appeared deeply hurt on “The View” yesterday. He said that his wife is in remarkably good shape from the eyebrows down, but mentally. she is a toddler.

He talked how she would escape from their former home and freely get into any car with a black man thinking that man was him.

He said when his wife got the diagnosis in 2013, She told him, She wanted him to go on.

However, some of the co-host wondered how Gasby could know Smith was consenting to his extramarital relationship, and Lerner’s presence in their home. He said,“I’m not doing anything we didn’t discuss — we were in business, we were two sides of a coin.”

He said many wouldn’t understand how “extremely difficult” it is to “love someone, to have done what we’ve done and what we’ve accomplished together… to be criticized and not have a forum like I’m having today to have my side of the story told.”

One thing I know is consistent is I’ve listened to what she said. We made these plans a long time ago. What I’ve seen Alex deal with, my daughter, myself… makes me realize I’m doing the right thing. I’ve gotten grief no matter what I do.

“I wanted her to have the dignity of freedom. Sanity for me.” He insisted, “I’m keeping my vows. Vows are to protect, to care for.”

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One thing Gasby brought up was the preparation for death and preparation to take care of you spouse should they fall ill. He said, in his will, there are do not resuscitate instructions.

I’m not, prepared for death and I imagine few are. Should I die today, my death would cause a lot of stress to my love one.. They don’t know where my insurance papers are , or burial plans. I hope to change this.

Its difficult being a caretaker, no matter what the illness is. I’m not sure how I feel about Gasby having a girlfriend. On one hand, he has someone to help him through this very difficult journey. On the other hand, it seems inappropriate. No one knows, what he and his wife discussed. The fact that his daughter seems to be on board with this, makes him believable. He has options, but he is honoring his vows “Till Death”

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CBS has a history of sexual harassment cases ” Cybill Shepard said her show was cancelled after rejecting Moonves advances”


 

During its four year run from 1995-1998 on CBS “Cybill” received 12 Emmy Nominations. In 1996, Cybill won the Golden Globe for best Comedy Series.  Cybill Shepard won the 1996 Golden Globe for best actress in a Comedy.  Co-star Christine Baranski won an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy.

From Wiki: The series got respectable (though never spectacular) ratings throughout most of its run, but was abruptly canceled by CBS at the end of the 1997-98 season after a noticeable ratings decline. The show was actually pulled from the CBS schedule after the April 8, 1998 episode had aired; the remaining new episodes that had already been produced were aired over the summer. Shepherd much later alleged that the cancellation occurred because the network was uncomfortable with Cybill’s feminist leanings and frank depiction of female sexuality. The cancellation was not expected by the show’s staff, as the series ends with a cliffhanger and the words “To Be Continued…” on the screen. At the time of its cancellation, the show’s ratings were higher than Nash Bridges (1996-2001) and Chicago Hope (1994-2000); those shows continued to air on CBS.

 

Last week on Michelle Collins show on Sirius XM

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Cybill Shepard said her show “Cybill” was cancelled because she rejected CBS CEO Les Moonves .   She said Moonves arranged a dinner date with her after a few seasons into the show.  “His assistant and my assistant made a dinner date and we went to it and he was, well, he was telling me his wife (Moonves was married to Nancy Moonves at the time)  didn’t turn him on, some mistress didn’t turn him on,” Shepherd told Collins.

“And I’m watching him drink alcohol and…he says, ‘well, you know, why don’t you let me take you home?’ I said, ‘No, I’ve got a ride’ and I had my car outside with a good friend of mine who is an off-duty LAPD officer.”

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CBS TO Moonves $120 million dollar severance package? Forget about it!

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Initially, she believed the show was cancelled because the network was uncomfortable with Cybill’s feminist leanings and frank depiction of female sexuality. 

After she rejected Moonves, conflicts on the show heated up. Shortly after” that dinner, Shepherd said Moonves began sending notes to her and the other “Cybill” producers.

“Don’t have Cybill talk while she’s eating,” instructed one. Another dictated which words could and could not be used in a menopause-themed episode, telling them they couldn’t say “menses, menstruation or period … I had to fight to say ‘period.'”

The show was abruptly cancelled with completed episodes that was shown later in the season a very unusable practice.  Sheppard believed the series would have continued for several more seasons had she not spurned his advances.  “It would have run another five years,”  “We had the best writers in the world, and directors and actors, everybody was brilliant.”

In July, a dozen women came forward accusing Moonves of sexual misconduct. Their accounts were detailed in a piece written by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker.   Moonves was removed from his position as Chairman and CEO of CBS last September  after six additional women made similar claims. Cybill Shepard is the best known individual to come forward.

CBS Woman’s Problem

Most of the actresses aren’t well known to the general public.   Illeana Dougles was a

young actress when she met Les Moonves.   She was one of the six actress interviewed by

Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker.  During her appearance on “The View,” last October. Douglas described how CBS cast her in the pilot of a show called “Queens,” and after a promising introductory meeting, she received a call saying Les was “a little concerned about (her) attitude,” asking her to meet him in his office.

“I go to his office … I have my little clipboard of notes, and all I wanted to do was tell him what a team player I was going to be, to be in the show and how excited I was,” she recalled. “He started asking me a lot of personal questions and I was stumbling and fumbling and not really knowing what to say and that led to him jumping on top of me and putting his tongue down my throat and pinning me down on the coach.”

“Once he saw I wasn’t participating, he stopped and I just wanted to get out of the room … He said, ‘We’re gonna keep this between you and me, right? We’re not gonna tell anyone about this,'” Douglas continued.

After she escaped to her car and “broke down crying,” she described how her manager called her asking how the meeting had gone. “I said, ‘Why?’ And she said, ‘Because Les just called me … He said you guys had a lot of fun.’ “

Douglas was fired from the series shortly after their encounter, which she said Moonves claimed to be “due to poor performance during rehearsal.””I think what he’s referring to is my poor performance when we were alone together in his office,” she said.”

Excerpts From the LA Times “CBS board knew about Leslie Moonves”

CBS board members learned several months ago that the Los Angeles Police Department ad investigated an alleged sexual assault by CBS Chairman and Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.   Although no charges were filed, Moonves disclosed the existence of a police investigation to a committee of the board, which then hired an outside law firm to investigate the matter, the knowledgeable people said.

 

The police investigation began in November after an 81-year-old woman told detectives that Moonves sexually assaulted her three decades ago when they both worked at then-television powerhouse Lorimar Productions, the studio behind such shows as “Dallas” and “Knots Landing.” The woman claimed the TV executive, during a 1986 meeting in his office, demanded oral copulation. She told police about another incident, in 1988, when he allegedly exposed himself and assaulted her, sources said.

 

Los Angeles County prosecutors said they declined to file charges in the case, saying the alleged incidents occurred more than 30 years ago and were thus beyond the statute of limitations. Prosecutors opted not to pursue the case in February. It is not clear precisely when CBS board members learned of the police inquiry, but they were aware that the district attorney had decided not to pursue the matter, one of the sources said.

 

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Excerpts from NY Times: The year of Reckoning at CBS

 

In the past 13 months, CBS has undergone a companywide reckoning in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has stretched from its morning show to its prime-time lineup, its news division to its executive suite. Three powerful men at the company — Leslie Moonves, its chief executive; Charlie Rose, its morning show anchor; and Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes” — have all lost their jobs because of workplace conduct.

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that Eliza Dushku, an actress on its hit show “Bull,” reached a $9.5 million settlement with CBS in January. She claimed she had been written off the series because she confronted Michael Weatherly, the show’s star, about harassing her.

The CBS board is reviewing the findings of an investigation by outside law firms into the allegations against Mr. Moonves and about the company’s wider culture.

“60 Minutes,” the Sunday newsmagazine series in its 51st season, is the crown jewel of CBS News.

But the program has a long track record of sexual harassment and misconduct. The Times revealed last week that CBS was still paying a woman who had accused the show’s founder, Don Hewitt, of sexual abuse. CBS pays her an annual stipend of $75,000 a year, and has offered her further payments in exchange for her silence. To date, CBS has paid her more than $5 million. Mr. Hewitt died in 2009.

Jeff Fager, who succeeded Mr. Hewitt as the show’s executive producer, was fired in September after he threatened a CBS News reporter who was looking into whether he had engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with colleagues. According to the draft report, the investigators said Mr. Fager had been justifiably fired and concluded that he had engaged in inappropriate behavior.


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Michelle Collins and Cybill Shepard @Sirius Studios

Roseanne Barr: I Was ‘Terrified’ Living on an ‘Island Full of Brown People’ After Racist Tweet


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In her first public appearance since her show was canceled due to her racist tweetRoseanne Barr spoke about the weeks she spent in hiding.

On Thursday night, following her interview with Sean Hannity, the former Roseanne star made her way to New York’s “Stand Up” Comedy Club, a frequent host of contentious right-wing guests like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter, for Barr’d with Roseanne Barr, where she spoke with close friend Rabbi Schmuley Boteach.

Touching on topics that ranged from Barr’s devout Zionism to her incentives behind voting for President Donald Trump, the actress and comedian, 65, detailed her feelings amid the public backlash, receding to her mother’s basement in Hawaii, where she spent two months.

“I was afraid to go out, and also because when you’re called a racist and you live on an island full of brown people, it’s kind of terrifying,” she told the rabbi. (Ten percent of Hawaii’s population is “Native Hawaiian,” meaning of Polynesian descent. The majority of Hawaii’s population is Asian and white.)

“It was the end of the world and my life’s work. But I lived through it and God has shown me great love and so have people and that’s very healing,” she continued.

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When asked about whether The Conners ( ABC’s spinoff-show starring her former costars, most of whom condemned her tweet) would succeed without her, Barr said, “I’m over it now.”

“It is going to be interesting to see a bunch of really privileged people who grew up in Hollywood writing for the working class,” she said, “But I don’t know, I don’t wish anybody to be destroyed or disrespected like I’ve been.”

Barr attributed her falling-out with Hollywood to anti-Semitism: “They lost a good friend; I clearly didn’t. I understand why [the cast] wanted to distance themselves because that’s how the blacklist works, and it’s always Jewish people, excuse me. Sometimes I’ve felt like I’m going to start wearing the yellow star in Hollywood on my arm wherever I go.”

Barr admitted she found a sense of solace in her dismissal from the show, which she said had been taking a toll on her health even before the controversy.

“I [had become] very physically depleted and ill,” the star said about her time on the show. “I don’t think I could have lived through 13 more [episodes.] When you’re in a room with 25 writers who hate Trump’s guts — it was kind of a relief [to get out.]”

After posting the racist tweet likening President Barack Obama’s former advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to “an ape” during the filming of Roseanne in May, the star attributed the misstep to her poor health and “emotional imbalance,” due to depleted vitamins.

“I wasn’t completely coherent when I woke up at 2 a.m. and wrote that tweet. I had it in my mind, Oh boy this is a good one, this is going to save the Jewish people, because I just had this dream,” she said on stage.

Last week, she posted a puzzling You Tube video featuring a disheveled Barr smoking a cigarette, screaming in attempts to defend her actions.

“I’m trying to talk about Iran! I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal. That’s what my tweet was about,” Barr screamed.

“I thought the bitch was white!” she said, getting even louder. “Goddamnit, I thought the bitch was white. F—!”

Earlier this week, Jarrett appeared on ABC’s The View, brushing off the entire dispute by responding to a question regarding the tweet with, “Roseanne who?”

On Thursday night, Barr, admitted she’d seen the segment and responded by mocking Jarrett’s initial reaction to the social media post.  “They asked her ‘Are you going to watch Roseanne on Sean Hannity?’ And she said, ‘No and I hope no one else does either,’ you know, because she’s into ‘teachable moments,’” she quipped back.

“I recognize she thinks I wronged her,” the star said about her tweet, revealing a frustration with the response to her public apology. “All my friends said ‘Your mistake was to apologize to the left,’ because when they see blood in the water they’re going to come until you’re dead. And I think that’s kind of true.”

John McCain: Honor at no extra charge


My mother said dont, send me flowers after I’m gone.  For months,I had planned to write about Senator John McCain a man I have admired since 2008.  Being the master procastinator I am, I’ve waitied until what could be his final days.

Perhaps service wasn’t an option for John Sidney McCain III.  His father,   John Sidney McCain jr and his grandfather John McCain Sr were Admirals.   Everyone knows of his heroic service, capture and torture by the Vietnamese.

I became a fan of John McCain in 2008 when he was running against Barack Obama.  After defeating Hillary Clintion in the primaries, I chose to support Obama.

I always loved politics.  Politicians generally play it safe, playing to audience where they have support.  John McCain got my full attention when he visited Memphis Tennessee to commemorate the death of Martin Luther King Jr.      Congressman McCain, voted against establishing a holiday for Dr King, saying it wasn’t nessarary to have another federal holiday, it was too expensive and other “President’s ‘ weren’t recoginized.  In fact, Arizona did not honor the holiday until in 1993.

So there he was in Memphis, courting black voters, having a press conference at the Lorraine Motel where Dr King was killed.   There he was in hostile territory being booed and heckled.  He said he was wrong for voting against the holiday.

Now some may say his trip to Memphis was a desperate attempt to woo black voters, others a photo opt.   But I don’t remember a single politician attending an  event where he knew, he would face an hostile audience.  John McCain did!

   I later learned he often stood alone. This was evident at a rally where one of his supporters said “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him,  he’s an Arab.”  Most politicians would have been silent.   But the Gentleman from Arizona corrected her.  He said his opponate was a decent family man, a citizen that he just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.   “He is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as President ,”  “If I didn’t think I’d be one heck of a better President I wouldn’t be running, and that’s the point. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, I will respect him. I want everyone to be respectful, and let’s make sure we are. Because that’s the way politics should be conducted in America.   

This wasn’t well received by members of his campaign committee and members of his party. In fact, he was bood by some of his supporters in the audience.

I began following the man who was often a thorn for some in his party.  A man who was well respected on both sides of the aisle.

The Senator, the Gentleman from Arizona, stood alone aganist his party as he was one of the few who challenged our current President.  His loyality to the people outweighed his loyalty to his party.    

Again, some might say its personal.  The candidate said he wasn’t a hero.  But those who know McCain, say’s it isn’t personal, its John McCain.

These are ugly times in the nation, our leaders have openly participated in dividing a nation.  It’s grade school , where if your his friend, he can’t be mine! Leaders of the parties have said you will NOT be seen socializing or talking to members of the other party.

John McCain(Republican) and former Vice President Joe Biden’s(Democrat) friendship has lasted nearly 40 years

A few months ago, he was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor called glioblastoma a brain tumor.   It was the same tumor that took Biden’s son Drew in 2015.

Biden appeared on ” The View” Wednesday.  McCain daughter Megan is one of the panelist.   Taking her hand he said “One of the things that gave Beau courage was John. You may remember, when you were a little kid, your dad took care of my Beau. Beau talked about your dad’s courage. Not about the illness, but about his courage.”

Vice President Biden,breifly talked about his best friend, the disagreements they’ve had through the years and how solid that friendship is today.

The days have been difficult for the McCain family. After the dianoses, others may have retired, but they aren’t John McCain.   Staffers senses he’s tired, but he smiles and tells jokes.

I have long admired mavericks, individuals who aren’t rubber stamps.  There aren’t enought of them.  It inst easy to stand alone and disagree.  It takes a lot of courage. There are few John McCains in the world.  I hope he survives for personal reasons.  America needs him RIGHT NOW!

I try not to live my life assuming.  Assuming that they know.   Using real words, I tell my family and those in my circle I care for them, I love them.   As my mother said, at the funeral its a bit late.  

This is simply a check list for me, all self serving.   I will never meet Senator McCain and he will never see this blog about him and how much I admire him as an invidudual.   All the best to him and his family.

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Maxine and the Demo’s get a failing grade


 

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Maxine Moore Waters is a political icon in California.  The fiery  Democrat  has represented Southern California for more than forty years.  The Congress woman’s resume is filled with accomplishments, including chairing the Congressional Black Caucus.

Today she is a social media star, riding a wave national popularity. Her tweets in response to President Trump has gone global.

In a hearing, last week in a meeting the Congresswoman asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin why he hadn’t responded to a letter she’d sent him in May requesting information about Trump’s financial ties to Russia.  Instead of responding to her question, the secretary complimented her for her service to California.  Avoiding her question, Ms Waters  responded, “Reclaiming my time.” She repeated the phrase — “Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time.”

Within hours, ” Reclaiming my time” went viral.  Tee shirts. songs, Reclaiming time.  The Congresswoman is hot commodity, sought by news and talk shows.

Last Friday on “The View”  Paula Faris brought up The Washington Post publishing transcripts of the president’s phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday, asking the California congresswoman if she was “disturbed” by the leaks.

“No, not at all. I am so glad they’re telling us what’s going on,” Waters responded, despite Faris saying the leaks “threaten our national security.” “I need to hear these conversations,” “This is his problem. He is in a White House where he’s got people working for him that don’t like him, don’t believe in what he’s doing and they’re trying to tell the american public.”

Paula Faris continued her argument. “America loses here though, he can not have a candid conversation with the leader of another country,” she added, “countries are not going to want to get on the phone with the leader of the free world.”   The View’s Jedediah Bila said “If this leak can happen for this president, that means it can happen for any president and other countries will look at us and say the United States of America, as a whole, is not a secure place.

Maxine Waters: “Let me tell you, the leadership starts at the top and it is this president that his own people have no confidence in,” she responded. “They’re undermining him because they want to see him stopped, they want us to do something, not every president will be treated this way.” 

“This man has no values, he lies, they know it and he’s the danger and they want us to do something about it,” Waters added.   Bila: “I hear you but it’s a scary thing to try to undermine the president because you don’t like his policy or don’t trust him and risk undermining the entire country in the process,”

“He is undermining the country,” Waters said, before the show went to commercial.

Maxine Waters position is similar to many of her Democratic Colleagues .

Impeach Trump

While Donald Trump polls numbers are falling . There is no collective data that suggests overwhelming success for the Democratic party 2018  In a resent ABC/Washington Post poll the news isn’t very positive for the Democrats.

While the Obama administration was responsible for turning the economy around.  The current president will reap the benefits of  current numbers.   By a very small margin, most Americans approve how Trump is handling the economy.   Last month, more than 220 thousand new jobs were added. The National unemployment rate is 4.4%

 52% of Americans say the Democratic message is they’re against Trump,

Democrats aren’t stirred, while like many Americans they are overwhelmed by the daily  barrage of Trump shockers and like Americans Democrats many are slowly becoming numb by the daily news.  With each news report the Democrats attack the Trump administration.  However, they have not offered alternatives to the American public.

While Americans overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act , the GOP owns the messaging.   Is the Democrat’s silence by design?     If the GOP were successful in completely dismantling the ACA, the Democrats might be swept into office. might!  Meanwhile caught in the middle are the millions of Americans who depend on the coverage.

Maxine Waters and the Demo’s represent a party without new ideas and direction.

 August 2016, 47% of Americans polled had a negative view of the party.  Last month 48% have a negative view.

The polls indicate,Independents disapprove of Trump. While there are cracks within his base, Trump has a firm grip on his supporters.  That base, unlike the Democrats and Independents are likely to support any candidate he endorses. 

The infighting could result in a split in the party much like the Tea Party in 2010.

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 From The Washington Post

 On Sunday, The Democratic Socialist of America got a chance to break away from the Democratic Party.  A resolution laid out all of the reasons, from the reported 57 percent of voters who want a third party, to the rapid success of the 2016 presidential bid by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to the laughable unelectability of the Democrats.

 

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said the Democratic Party has become a toxic brand and a failed party,” the resolution read. “The D next to a socialist or progressive’s name places them at a major disadvantage on Election Day. Why tie our strategy to a sinking ship?”

The resolution failed — easily so. While the judgment of 697 delegates to a socialist convention might not seen like a major Democratic Party development, it was telling of something that frequently gets lost. Democrats, for whom self-flagellation starts at birth and continues after death, have been moving as steadily left as Republicans moved right in 2009, when they last lost power.

That story can get lost in the more easily told narrative of Democrats in disarray. Last week provided plenty of material for that narrative, with the third major intraparty brawl of 2017 over abortion rights, and the decision of Gov. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.), who’d become a Democrat to seek his first-ever political office, literally embracing Donald Trump as he switched back to the GOP. A Quinnipiac poll, otherwise larded with good news for Democrats, found that just 40 percent of Democrats had heard of their freshly announced platform, called “The Better Deal.”

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 “The Millennials”  

While the Democrats had a slight edge with Millennials in the 2016 election.  Many voted by default.  The Millennials aren’t happy with either group.   A third party candidate could easily capture a large percentage of the vote which would benefit the GOP.

The fragmented Democratic party needs a message that resonates within the party. The current and limited message of Impeaching Trump is an indication of the fragmentation. You often have to be careful of what you ask for.   Its very possible in the next year or so, President Trump may be impeached or leave office.   Waiting in the wings is Mike Pence. The former Governor of Indiana has a very conservative agenda.  Unlike Trump, he has experience in government and is respected in his party.  The Democratic Party hasn’t found away to capitalize in the current disarray of Trumps administration.  However, President Pence does not have Trumps baggage.  He has the ability to push through legislation.

Reclaiming Their Power

Who is leading the party?  Nancy Pelosi like Maxine Waters are shouting Impeachment from the comfort of  their Leather Chairs.  Elizabeth Warren criticizes Trump as she hawks her newest book.   Bernie Sanders is an island and Hillary is bitter.

Waiting for an Impeachment is very short sided and premature.   Its time to move on from talks of Impeachment, and to shore up its base.  Both parties could benefit from a major renovation bringing in fresh (younger faces and ideas) that would appeal to a fading demographic and to an emerging one. Or maybe its time for Americans to jump ship to other political parties that have their interests.

 

 

 

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ABC’s The View: Barbara Walters vision ruined?


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Over two decades ago Barbara Walters and producer Bill Geddie created a daytime talk show hosted by different generations of women, it was the first of its kind.

I’m a huge fan of the show and I watch it daily.  The discussions are lively and topical. Missing it was not an option as the The View is part of America’s daily dialogue.

The success of the show belongs to Geddie and Walters who carefully chose the hosts. They allowed the talent to develop building a relationship with each others and with the viewers.

Sherri Shepard and Elizabeth Hasselbeck are two examples of that development.  Comedienne  Actress Shepard didn’t seem to grasp of the world and the topics, she seemed lost much of the time.   I struggled with Hasselbeck’s youth ,while others struggled with her conservatism.

 As the lone conservative Hasselbeck faced a daily challenges, especially against the very liberal Joy Behar and the ultra liberal Rosie O’Donnell .  Overtime, all the host allowed us into a brief  look  into  their private lives(including Barbara). They shared stories of weight loss,dating, family ,daily rants and challenges that we can all relate to.. Through those personal experiences.I got to know  Hasselbeck and Shepard and a bond developed.

When a host left the show it was like a friend moving out of state.

Barbara was the mother, Geddie was stern uncle.  When Whoopi and Joy walked off during the Bill O’Reilly interview. Mother was not happy!  O’Reilly was a guest in their home and walking out was not acceptable! From time to time she’d remind Goldberg and Behar of their misdeeds.

When Hasselbeck announced she was leaving “The View’, there were many rumors. Most believed she was being forced out due to her conservative views.  Elizabeth has publicly said it was further from the truth.   When Barbara Walter announced she was retiring,Elizabeth told Rachael Ray’s audience  “I don’t believe her!””I hope that she is as celebrated as she deserves to be. She’s just a great teacher. I owe her a debt of gratitude.”

Other shows imitated “The View” notably “The Talk” and “The Real”

With mom and uncle Bill gone, the house unstable.  Bonding is difficult for the audience and cast members due to the never ending revolving door.  The new hosts are clearly intimated by the veterans Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.

There have been more cast changes at the view since Barbara’s Retirement in 2014, Rosie O Donnell, Sherri Sheppard, Jenny McCarthy, Rosie Perez, Nicole Wallace, Michelle Collins, Raven Symone and last week Candace Cameron Bure than in the previous 17 seasons combined.  Whoopi Goldberg say’s this season is her last.

Television often rely on focus groups to determine the direction of the show.  Sometimes the likability factor often decides who is hired or who stays.   Under Walters and Geddie it seems information from the focus groups aided in the development of the casting.   Under the new regime, they seems to relies solely from the data from the groups to determine casting.

Sources says ,she feels  ABC execs  have ruined the show that she and Geddie built. In retirement Barbara calls the control room to offer suggestions as she did when she was producer

.She believes the legacy has been compromised due to poor casting and bad leadership. Walter is concerned the show will be remembered for its petty backstage bickering and revolving door of talent.

Barbara Walters (mom),the Legend is not happy!

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Drama @ The View: Paula Faris to Whoopi ” You’ll regret what you did to me, I promise you that!”‘


My Twitter was twittering this morning and it was a rare appearance by Whoopi Goldberg who was responding to a Daily News article about the The View.

View Co-host Paula Faris was recently told her role at The View was cut to one day a week. She will  only appear on Friday’s  Whoopi’s day off.

The cut comes after focus group feedback research on Faris co-host was ‘some of the lowest the network has seen since Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The decision was made two weeks ago and since then, Faris has only appeared on the Friday episodes moderated by original View co-host, Joy Behar.

They say Faris had a Moulton Meltdown in her dressing room. She told the executives  This is a bunch of bull!  She reportedly  and blames the Whoopster. Faris reportedly said she’s not going anywhere”   ‘I know this is Whoopi’s doing’ 

Despite the data she want’s Whoopi’s ass ‘She kept saying: “She’ll regret what she did to me, I promise you that.”‘

Whoopi response to the article in Daily Mail on Twitter

Whoopi tweeted this morning.  Someone my age with do.

For goodness sake the only botch fest is the one in talks minds.  No fight here just clearing up an untruth.

Anything I think?? No Daily Mail I wouldn’t ,so if your going to continue to accuse me of doing this kind of thing could you make something. 

Also Daily Mail, knowing people talk a lot. Do you honestly think i would talk or at in such a way that would give you any ability to know.?

Rule the entire universe, I have enough to do in my life that to take mean girl pleasure at someone else WRONGLY perceived change. 

I’m not repsonsible for  firing or moving people around or negotiating my coworkers contract. I LIKE have a gig and as muchs as I’d like to. 

Contrary to what u might read. I do NOT run ABC nor do I own or produce, not involved in the hiring 4 The View.  so dont send ur resumes. 

This must cut deep, I have never seen the Whoopster respond to rumors or controversy online.

The View in my opinion has suffered from the moment Barbara Walters and Bill Gettie stopped producing the show.  Under their watch the co-host were developed and were allowed to bond with the audience.

There has been a revolving door since executive producer Barbara Fedida has been at the helm.   In the last few years the audience has said goodbye to Sherri Sheppard, Nicole Wallace. Michelle Collins, Jenny McCarthy, Rosie Perez, Rosie O’Donnell, in addition to Faris, Raven Symone has been reduced to one a week.

Its likely Faris and Symone will not return next season.     The new permanent host will include Jedediah Bila ,Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin .