I am not a day time T.V. watcher, but when ABC first launched The View I was an avid watcher. I loved that there was a venue out there for a variety of women, their opinions, their interests, and their issues.
The feeling faded after a few months as the cuteness of the bitch fest wore off. It got annoying. Meredith Viera's fake sincerity and plastic attempts to pretend like she was an "average" mom wore thin. Star Jones started out all sweet then just made you want to choke on her Diva-ness. Joy Behar was funny. Then annoying. Then funny. The last was Lisa Ling, who most of the time, I found to be very smart and funny.
I have watched and episode here and there for years since I quit watching regularly. I would occasionally tune in during a high media coverage debate (although I did miss the whole Rosie era).
Then a few weeks ago I heard Whoopie Goldberg was going to be a new co-host. I love Whoopie (That made you gigggle, huh?). I think she's always been an amazing actress and one of the few 'hollywood types' that has lived with an over all dignity in their life.
So this week I started watching again.
Whoopie is hilarious funny and so good at diffusing the group when things get too heated. The chemistry between her and Joy is wonderful (and makes Joy much funnier, in MHO). Joy seems much less hostile than I remember her and seems to have matured nicely. Sheri Shepherd is funny, sweet, passionate and maybe just a little bit Naive. Elisabeth Hasselback (former Surivior: Australia contestant and yes..the wife of NFL Quaterback for the NY Giants, Tim Hasselback)
If you have a chance and a moment, I highly recommend that you give it a chance. The topics have been so interesting (Whoppie's refusal to wear a bra, sex ed. in junior high, who should be responsible for T.V. and children: The parent or the T.V. Execs?, Athletes and roll models) and I am really enjoying getting caught up in the opinions and news.
Have you watched (or do you currently watch) The View?