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ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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Katie Couric Won’t Be Guest Hosting ‘Today’

Couric TodayThe New York Post says Katie Couric won’t be returning to “Today” after all during Savannah Guthrie‘s maternity leave.

We hear NBC offered one-day stints to Couric and other special guests, including Jane Pauley and Barbara Walters. But Couric turned it down, saying she wouldn’t accept a one-day role. Well-placed NBC sources say Couric insisted on a longer relationship of up to two weeks. One insider said, “Katie wanted a longer stint on ‘Today’ to help promote her Yahoo role. But it wasn’t what NBC had in mind, and they refused.”

Couric demurred when we asked her at Barbara Walters‘ going away party if a “Today” fill-in was in the cards. Couric appeared on the show last month, to talk about the upcoming Stand up to Cancer event, as well as her wedding. Couric, who co-hosted “Today” for 15 years, famously had a fill-in stint on rival “Good Morning America” in April 2012, when the two programs were neck and neck among morning show viewers.

Are CNNers Leading the Pack for ‘The View’ Co-Host Spots?

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It’s looking more like “The View” will have a cable news-infused makeover. First, as reported yesterday, MSNBC VP Bill Wolff is poised to take over as EP.

Now we’re hearing CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, who have already filled in on the show, have participated in private “chemistry tests” with returning co-host Rosie O’Donnell and sole-leftover host Whoopi Goldberg. TMZ reports O’Donnell and Cupp got into a “nasty” exchange over abortion during a test show yesterday. O’Donnell reportedly said she “didn’t want another Elisabeth Hasselbeck.”

“Chemistry tests were conducted yesterday with Whoopi and Rosie,” a show spokesperson tells TVNewser. “The chemistry tests were intended to be confidential.  Any names out there were not released by the network nor will they be. No decisions have been made and there is nothing to announce at this time.”

It’s been a busy week at the show: Cupp and Hostin guest hosted together on Wednesday. And yesterday also included the taping of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy‘s final show, which will air Monday. Cupp was on CNN yesterday, from New York, around 3:45pmET, meaning the test show was likely conducted late morning/early afternoon. Also, Whoopi Goldberg was not a part of yesterday’s live show.

TMZ also reports Goldberg took a thinly-veiled shot at former co-host and original co-EP Barbara Walters:
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck: ‘I Don’t Hate Rosie’

The exchange between Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck continues as Hasselbeck responded on Instagram last night to O’Donnell’s critical Twitter comments about her.

Hasselbeck noted that she’s given her take on all of “The View’s” recent exits—not just O’Donnell’s return—and would be open to speaking with her former co-host.

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Rosie O’Donnell Returning to ‘The View’

Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View” as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter a short time ago. ABC says O’Donnell will be a co-host of the show joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The show is looking for at least two other co-hosts, who may come from the cable news ranks.

O’Donnell left the show in 2007 after an infamous spat with former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Last night, O’Donnell responded on Twitter to comments Hasselbeck made about her. On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Hasselbeck said Barbara Walters‘ farewell show in May was really O’Donnell’s “hello show.” A Rosie fan chimed in:

The Daily News reports O’Donnell’s return might mean the departure of co-executive producer Bill Geddie. Rosie’s response to that:

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Hasselbeck: Barbara Walters’ Farewell Show Was Rosie O’Donnell’s ‘Hello Show’

elisabeth-hasselbeck-295x300As Rosie O’Donnell is reportedly set to return to “The View,” her former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck chimed in this morning.

“Talk about not securing the border,” a vacationing Hasselbeck said via phone on “Fox and Friends.” “Here in comes to ‘The View’ the very woman who’s spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there… not surprising.”

Hasselbeck added that Barbara Waltersfarewell show was actually O’Donnell’s “hello show.”

“Rosie herself told me on-set, while we were mice-ed up, that she produced the reunion show to have everyone together, and it was her idea. Would you think that the woman who left the way she did would be producing Barbara’s goodbye show? Here’s the shocker…it was actually her hello show.”

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Rosie O’Donnell to ‘The View;’ Is MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman Next?

ODonnellViewAs Rosie O’Donnell prepares for a return to “The View,” which is what TMZ is reporting, there is increased speculation that the new right-leaning panelist will come from the cable news ranks. Abby Huntsman co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and Margaret Hoover, a CNN contributor, are being considered as co-hosts.

“At this time, we have no announcement to make and we are weeks away from making any type of announcement about anything pertaining to the show,” an ABC spokesperson told TVNewser this afternoon.

Insiders tell us Huntsman has been meeting with the ABC powers that be. She joined “The Cycle” a year ago. Hoover has been a contributor at CNN for two years.

O’Donnell left “The View” in 2007. Her exit came on the heels of a highly contentious shouting match with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is now co-host of “Fox & Friends.” Earlier this year, O’Donnell expressed eagerness to return to TV, denying rumors she was being considered to be CNN’s Piers Morgan replacement, but acknowledging she’d love the job. She was also in the running to host an MSNBC primetime show in 2007.

Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will be leaving the show this summer; Barbara Walters retired in May, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the only returning host in the fall.

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Barbara Walters on the New ‘View:’ We Don’t Have a New Direction Yet

WaltersTheViewBarbara Walters, the co-executive producer of ‘The View,” says she’s not sure what the future holds for the show, but that there will be a show. Last night at a movie premiere in New York, Extra’s A.J. Calloway asked Walters what’s next, now that Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will be leaving the show.

“I don’t know. I’m not sure,” Walters says. “I know ‘The View’ will continue.” As for what the new direction might entail, Walters says, “I don’t think we have a new direction yet. I think we have a little time to find it.”

Barbara Walters’ Return to ABC Wins the Night

WaltersRodger304Barbara Walters’ exclusive interview with Peter Rodger on “20/20″ Friday was the #1 broadcast program of the night in the two young demos: A18-49 and A25-54. With. 6.2 million viewers it came in second among total viewers to a repeat of CBS’ “Blue Bloods” which drew 6.3 million.

“20/20″ grew by double digits week-to-week in Total Viewers (+24%), Adults 18-49 (+18%) and Adults 25-54 (+13%).

“20/20′s” lead-in, the ABC News program “What Would You Do?” won its time period in A18-49, and was the second-most watched show in that demo of the night. “What Would You Do?” was also up week-to-week in Total Viewers (+16% – 4.4 million vs. 3.8 million), Adults 18-49 (+20% – 1.2/5 vs. 1.0/4) and Adults 25-54 (+33% – 1.6/6 vs. 1.2/4) topping a Meredith Vieira 2-hour special which averaged 3.82 million Total Viewers.

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