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Barbara Walters Makes Whoopi

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Queen Babs has filled one of the vacancies at The View roundtable, hiring Whoopi Goldberg. From the ABC press release:

Barbara Walters, creator/executive producer and co-host of ABC’s “The
View,” officially announced today, live on “The View,” that Whoopi Goldberg has
been named moderator of her Emmy® Award-winning morning talk and entertainment
show. Since the show’s inception, Ms. Goldberg has made thirteen guest
appearances and has been a guest co-host fourteen times. She will debut on “The
View” on September 4 (11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, ET), the start of the show’s
eleventh season.

Two thoughts. 1. I love that official phrasing–”has been named moderator”–as if the unfilled Vieira seat is the Chief Justice position on the Supreme Court. 2. Makes perfect sense to me. Another politically-minded female comedian known for being tactically outrageous, perhaps not quite at the peak of her career and so not as likely to bolt in a year or so. Rosie lovers and Rosie haters, what say you?