Hoda Kotb Eyed As New ‘The View’ Cohost?
Hoda Kotb is rumored to be a possible new co-host for the daytime talk show The View.
Current co-host Joy Behar is leaving The View this August, and producers have reportedly reached out to Kotb’s camp to bring her on board as a replacement. “Hoda addresses several of their needs. She has news experience, which is something ‘The View’ has not had since Meredith Vieira left,” an insider told the New York Post’s Page Six. “She also adds some diversity to the panel.”
However, a rep for ABC responded to the New York Post saying that there's no truth in the rumor that The View is courting Kotb. Another source, someone who claims to be close with Kotb, told the newspaper that Kotb is happy at her current job on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck recently left The View to join the show Fox & Friends, and actress Jenny McCarthy was picked to take her spot next season, beginning in September. Barbara Walters announced in May that she will be retiring from TV journalism come summer 2014, however, she plans to stay on The View as a producer.