Julie Chen thinks "The View" made a mistake by hiring Jenny McCarthy. Joined by her "The Talk" co-host Sharon Osbourne when appearing on Howard Stern's eponymous radio show Wednesday, December 11, Chen criticized the ABC talk show for changing its direction after tapping McCarthy as a new co-host following Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck's departures.
"Yes," the "Big Brother" host answered when asked by Stern whether ABC made a wrong decision by bringing in the former Playboy model. "Because what made 'The View' so popular and so good was that it was five different women-from five different walks of life-discussing politics," she explained.
"What put them on the map and made them good and famous, they don't do that anymore. No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York mayoral race or politics. They don't. That's not what you put Jenny McCarthy on for."
Chen went on expressing her opinion, "And when Joy left and when Elisabeth left and they got Jenny in, I think they were trying to lighten the mood at the table-more gossip, more fun, more laughs...what happened was, in my opinion, 'The View' doesn't know what it is now."
Osbourne, who apologized last month after telling the "View" ladies to go "f**k themselves," agreed with her co-host. "They knew what their path was...You knew what to expect," she said of the rival talk show. "You watched it for their different opinions and now it's kind of all over the place. It's not one or the other."
Chen, however, did call McCarthy a "beautiful and funny and talented and smart" woman. She also said that the 41-year-old, who is currently dating Donnie Wahlberg, would fit better with "The Talk", which doesn't talk about politics.
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