The View Cast Rumors: Latest on Meghan McCain, Leah Remini, Sarah Palin, Laila Ali, Ann Curry

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
July 22, 2014 Updated: July 22, 2014

The View only has two confirmed hosts right now–Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell–and rumors are rampant about who will join the pair.

Sarah Palin, Anny Curry, and Leah Remini are among the rumored names being considered for the cast.

Check out the latest buzz below.

Meghan McCain

McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, is gearing up to join the show and has all but signed a contract, according to Radar Online.

The blog, which is not the most reliable source, cites an insider.

“Meghan brings a young, headstrong vibe to the show and she’s someone who thinks outside the box, despite her family’s standing in politics,” the source said. 

“Even though she’s a Republican, she’s very liberal with social issues. She’d sort of be the new Elisabeth Hasselbeck, except far more accepting.”

McCain is a frequent guest co-host on the daytime talk show.

Leah Remini

The former Kings of Queens star and actress Remini has been linked to a View position, but the same source said it’s not going to happen.

“It would be a huge surprise if Leah actually joined The View,” the TV insider told Radar.

“Everyone in television knows how difficult she was when she was on the The Talk. It’s just not a risk the network wants to take and quite frankly she’s busy with her own endeavors right now anyways.”

Sarah Palin

The rumors surrounding Palin appear to have been stoked by Palin herself, who told The Hollywood Reporter: 

“I hear everyone recently got canned from The View, maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue.”

Breitbart News said last summer that Palin had been offered a guest-hosting gig but turned it down because of scheduling conflicts.

Not everyone would be happy if Palin joins the cast. Former co-host Joy Behar told Extra recently: “Shouldn’t Sarah Palin be turning letters over on some game show at this point? Why is she even relevant?” the 71-year-old comedienne said of John McCain’s running mate. “She and [former Vice President] Dick Cheney need to just sort of say bye-bye and disappear. So I don’t really see her on any show, frankly. I wouldn’t watch it.” 

Behar is also opposed to a man joining the cast.

Joy Behar

In the interview, Behar also shot down rumors about her returning.

“It’s enough. I had enough. I don’t need to go back to that particular show,” she told Extra when asked whether she’d ever consider a return.

“I have other things I’m doing right now which I’m enjoying. I like the freelance aspect of it, [not] having to be somewhere every day.” 

Laila Ali

Ali’s name came up pretty early on during host speculations after Sherri Shephard and Jenny McCarthy announced they’d be leaving. The professional boxer recently told The Jasmine Brand that she wants to get into the chat gigs.

“Wouldn’t that be great?” said Laila. “I want to do more in the talk space and I’ve been putting that out there in the universe so we’ll see what happens. I’ve had lots of meetings.”

“Can you see my face [on the panel]?” she added. ” Just me seeing it ain’t going to make it happen, though. They have to see it. I think that if that’s where I’m meant to be, then that’s where it’ll end up.”

Asked what she would bring to the panel, she said: “A true, honest perspective from an African-American woman that’s relatable but also has a lot of knowledge and experience, and I keep it real,” Laila said when asked what she feels she could offer the show. “I’m not afraid to go against the grain. I’m not afraid to be a little bit politically incorrect. I make people mad sometimes, but I can back it up.”

Ann Curry

Sources told the New York Post recently that the former “Today” host is under consideration.

Curry still has time left on her NBC contract but a deal could be worked out.

Since then, nothing much has come out regarding this possibility.