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Bill Wolff Leaving MSNBC for ‘The View’

WolffBill Wolff, who’s been a fixture at MSNBC for nearly a decade, is about to get a new view.

An MSNBC spokesperson confirms with TVNewser that Wolff, who is the EP of Rachel Maddow‘s show, as well as VP of primetime, is leaving the network. The Hollywood Reporter reports Wolff will be taking over as EP of “The View” when the new season starts, with an almost all-new cast, and one returning host. Wolff will take over for Bill Geddie who has overseen the show since it launched in 1997.

The Daily News positions the move as a trade. For ABC allowing Wolff out of his NBCU contract, ESPN’s Jamie Horowitz will be allowed to leave the sports network earlier than planned as he takes the reins as SVP of the “Today” show. Wolff joined MSNBC from ESPN.

Wolff, you’ll recall, was the man behind the bucket last week as his host got doused.

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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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Shakeup at ‘The View’

As Barbara Walters makes her return to “The View” tomorrow to promote her “20/20″ special, two other cast members are making their way toward the exit. Earlier this evening TMZ reported Sherri Shepherd was being pushed out. Not long after, Jenny McCarthy Tweeted, “If Sherri goes… I go too. #sisters.” Later, McCarthy posted this picture with Sheperd and Co-Executive Producer Bill Geddie. (Walters remains an Co-EP on the show.)

Tomorrow’s “The View” was pre-taped Wednesday, so it will be business as usual on the show. In hindsight, Walters’ splashy farewell last month presaged bigger changes for the daytime show. While Whoopi Goldberg is staying, TMZ reports former “Tonight Show” intern Ross Mathews and former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer are on the short-list to join.

Update: B&C reports the show will be moving from its studio on the West Side of Manhattan to ABC headquarters near Central Park West, occupying Katie Couric’s former studio. For a glimpse at that studio’s green room, check out Couric’s “My First Big Break” video produced by MediabistroTV in April.

More: Statement from ABC: “The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively.”

More, More: Statement from Sherri Shepherd: “It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”

Report: ABC Nixed Barbara Walters’ Naming Edward Snowden Year’s Most Fascinating

barbara waltersThe New York Daily News reports Barbara Walters wanted to tap NSA leaker Edward Snowden as this year’s most fascinating person for her upcoming special, but was overruled by ABC executives.

Snowden will be on the list, just further down, the Daily News reports:

Snowden, who did land further down on the list, is particular about his outlets, relying mainly on journalist Glenn Greenwald — formerly of the Guardian — to tell his stories, and would not participate. Instead, the network did a write-around with old interview clips for his part, much like they did with Gen. David Petraeus in 2012.

The report suggests Walters was fascinated by Snowden, thinking he’ll be named TIME’s person of the year.

ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider disputes the report, telling TVNewser:

“There are only two people who pick the people who end up on the most fascinating list, and that’s Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie. I certainly understand it has been a parlor game for years, to try and figure out who will be the most fascinating, but the only people who know who’s on the list are Barbara and Bill.”
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Goodbye To Her Colleagues At ‘The View’

Today was Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s last day on “The View.” Later this year she will join Fox News as the co-host of “Fox & Friends,” replacing Gretchen Carlson, who is departing for her own afternoon program. To open this morning’s program, Hasselbeck walked out arm in arm with host Barbara Walters.

“Barbara, I did some math last night, and I think that I have had over 3,000 days working by your side, I think it is fair to say that over the course of the decade, I have attended the Barbara Walters school of broadcasting and journalism,” Hasselbeck said. “I was not the first person to sit in this chair, and I will certainly not be the last person to sit in this chair. The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary, and I wholeheartedly wish the next co-host that sits here an extraordinary set of years of their own… now let’s get to work!”

Hasselbeck also spoke briefly about her “View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepard, as well as EP Bill Geddie.

Walters was also emotional, so much so that she fumbled her words a little bit while praising Hasselbeck.

“I am a little emotional, or as that other Barbra [Streisand] sometimes says, I am a little verklempt, because it was reported last night that our Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving us to join the Fox network,” Walters said. “I want what is best for you, and you know how I feel about you, and, I am happy that you are going… No I am not happy that you are going! I am happy that it is good for you.”

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HLN to Broadcast Daytime Emmy Awards

HLN made it official today, announcing it will broadcast the 39th annual daytime Emmy Awards next month. The daytime Emmys will be presented Saturday, June 23 at 8pmET, at The Beverly Hilton hotel.

“HLN is thrilled to work with NATAS to celebrate some of television’s best programs and performances,” said HLN SVP and general manager Scot Safon. “Every day we focus on the news and information people talk about, and that has included extensive coverage of the Daytime Emmys in the past. This year, we’re very excited to also be carrying the event itself.”

At next month’s event, Barbara Walters will present Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of “The View” and the “Barbara Walters Specials,” with the Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anderson Cooper is nominated as best talk show host, along with Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and the doctors from “The Doctors.” “Anderson” is also nominated in the Best Informative Talk Show category alongside “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors.”

CBS has televised the broadcast the last two years. In 2009, the CW aired the show. And in prior years, the Daytime Emmys aired on ABC, CBS and NBC.

Who Threw the Best TV News Holiday Bash?

Your TVNewsers are over at the mediabistro.com holiday lunch right now (posting will resume later). So, this is a good time to size up some of the other holiday parties.

Barbara Walters and “The View” EP Bill Geddie played Santa this week, putting up the dough for the show’s holiday party Tuesday night. The cast, crew, and producers took over P.D. O’Hurley’s on New York’s Upper West Side.

A “View” insider tells TVNewser, “Barbara, looking very festive in a gorgeous red top and skirt boogied on the dance floor with Bill Geddie and Sherri Shepherd.” Last night on Larry King’s final show, Walters said her voice was still hoarse from the party.

NBC News/MSNBC had their holiday party Wednesday night at the home of “Saturday Night Live.” “It was a blast!,” an NBC insider tells us. “A great party… great turn-out.”

DJ Chris Witherspoon kept Studio 8H rockin’ with NBC/MSNBCnewsers dancing until 11, long enough so MSNBC’s primetime staffers could attend. Anchors Lester Holt, Amy Robach, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Ed Shultz, as well as NBC News president and Steve Capus showed off their interactive music skills during a Rock Band face-off.

CBS News shows celebrated this week too. The “48 Hours” crew partied Tuesday night at a loft in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric was rumored to host a more low-key holiday lunch at midtown restaurant Fresco by Scotto. Not true.

Did we miss any? Updates are after the jump…

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Unisex ‘View’ Spinoff in Development?

NY Daily News reports that Barbara Walters and EP Bill Geddie are collaborating again to develop a new spin-off of “The View” that “will attempt to inject a male perspective into the topics of the day.” Two of the names already being batted around for the show? Former NBCer Bryant Gumbel and former Fox Newser E.D. Hill, who has guest hosted “The View” in the past.