“Yes, and I’ll tell you why I think so,” Chen began on Wednesday (Dec. 11), after Stern asked if it was a “mistake” for McCarthy to have been added to the program. “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 [Behar] left and when Elisabeth [Hasselbeck] left and they got Jenny in, I think they were truing to lighten the mood at the table … more gossip, more fun, more laughs.”
The “Talk” co-host alleges that “The View” “doesn’t know what it is anymore,” adding “No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York Mayoral race and politics. That’s not what you put Jenny McCarthy on for.”
And here’s the thing — Chen’s not wrong.
Since joining the long-running ABC morning chat show in September of this year, McCarthy has failed to prove exactly why she earned the spot at the table. Her interviewing skills (if you can even call them that) are bunk. Too often, she equates fawning over guests like Snooki and JWoww with actual stimulating conversation. You know it’s bad when a conversation with Snooki fails to stimulate and it’s not Snooki’s fault.
Her commentary during the infamous “Hot Topic” segments that dominate nearly two-thirds of the hour run the gamut from inane to pointless. Between McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd, the show has backed itself into a corner where any sort of the intellectual conversations that used to occur have become nearly impossible.
And then there’s “What’s Pop’n.” This new segment, co-hosted by Shepherd and McCarthy, supports Chen’s indictments of this new era of “The View” to the fullest. Trotted out every so often, the two women read stale, days-old celebrity gossip straight from the rag mags, while attempting to riff humorously on it — major emphasis on “attempting.” It’s no wonder Barbara Walters has come across as entirely checked out throughout this retirement year of hers.
Jenny McCarthy is surely a perfectly likable person, but she’s ill-suited when it comes to hosting a television show of this nature. Playing sidekick on “Singled Out”? Sure. All day, every day. Attempting to add something of worth to the conversation on “The View”? As of now, that’s been just a big fail.