“The View” has been in talks for months with a fire-and-fury conservative podcast host who isn’t shy about calling out the radical left — and is Meghan McCain’s top choice to replace her, insiders said.
Producers and insiders have said the show is hunting for a unicorn who can appeal to conservative women, but also be palatable to the show’s bread-and-butter liberals.
Liz Wheeler, 32, previously worked as a host for the conservative One America News Network has been in talks with the show since September.
“They said they were impressed with my video podcast ‘The Liz Wheeler Show’ and my voice,” Wheeler said. “This is encouraging to see The View, with their enormous audience and influence over demographics of key voters, consider more objective voices.”
She added, “Mass Formation Psychosis is driving so many others on other TV channels to parrot party talking points and silence the half of the country whose views I represent.”
Wheeler has been through multiple rounds of interviews with layers of View management, including Executive Producer Brian Teta.
“Their dream host is Condoleezza Rice,” said one insider, adding that Wheeler had been grilled about her views on Trump, paid family leave, abortion and the 2020 election.
If Wheeler did get the job, it would push the conservative seat on the show considerably rightward. Unlike McCain, Wheeler takes a mostly favorable view of Trump and over the years has preferred unyielding positions on red-meat issues on her show and social media.
“The communists at Black Lives Matter don’t like when I point out that they’re communists,” she said in one July tweet. She has blasted Anthony Fauci as “one of the most dangerous liars our nation has ever known.”
But Wheeler faces at least one big obstacle — she is unvaccinated. That issue allegedly sank Lisa Booth, another contender for the seat.
“if someone is not vaccinated, they would not be under consideration as that’s against our corporate policy,” a View insider said, suggesting it would be a dealbreaker for Wheeler as well.
Shortly before she departed, McCain offered a list of her preferred candidates to Teta and other top show leaders.
In addition to Wheeler in the top spot, other names McCain offered were Allie Beth Stuckey, a host for BlazeTV; Lauren Chen, a conservative commentator; and Kelsey Harkness, a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum.
Wheeler is the only one of the four contacted by the show, the women confirmed.
McCain declined to comment.
“I appreciate Meghan recommending me, but frankly based on the way she was treated by her co-hosts, the show seems like a pretty toxic environment! If I want to be ganged up on by a crowd of angry liberals, I suppose I’ll just have to stick to Twitter for now,” Chen said.
Since McCain’s acrimonious departure in August, The View has struggled to find a permanent host to fill the seat, instead relying on a rotating cast of characters as guest hosts. These have included Rice, Carly Fiorina, Eboni K. Williams, Cameran Eubanks, Gretchen Carlson and Tara Setmayer.
“Our plans are on track as we continue to look for the right person to join our panel of smart, dynamic women. We will be welcoming guest co-hosts for return appearances as well as some new names in the coming weeks once we are back in studio,” a View spokesperson said.
Why Fans Are Convinced Pete Davidson Snapped Kim Kardashian’s Latest Bikini Shots
Kim Kardashian & Pete Davidson Get COZY on Date Night
Nothing says amore like getting all your right angles.
At least that what’s fans think when it comes to Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson, all thanks to one of her latest bikini pics. Kim had her Instagram followers buzzing on Jan. 17 when she posted three photos of herself frolicking alongside a beach in her two-piece swimsuit, captioning the series of snaps, “Mother Nature.”
But it was the third photo itself that seem to catch everyone’s attention since there was a noticeable shadow in the photo behind the lens, and for fans—that could only be one person.
“The shadow is Pete, we all agree right,” one person wrote. Another added, “Tell Pete to not get a shadow next time.” A third follower commented, “Not me zooming on the shadow of the photographer to see if it was Pete.”
All small social media investigations aside, the assumption of boyfriend-turned-photographer wouldn’t be that far-fetched considering the budding romance between the two seems to be going pretty strong.
Ever since the couple confirmed their relationship last November, there have been several low-key dates between Kim and Pete. Not to mention, the couple took their date nights beyond their local spots, most recently jet-setting for a getaway in the Bahamas—where he likely could’ve snapped those bikini pics.
However, the relationship between the SNL star and the SKIMS founder goes beyond palm tree and pictures, with a source telling E! News in early January that “Kim and Pete are getting very serious,” adding that Kim is “smitten and the relationship is very exciting to her.”
As for whose shadow that was for sure? Well, social media seems to be keeping up with the clues.
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Jamie Lynn Spears glosses over Dan Schneider scandal in her memoir
January 18, 2022 | 8:00am
Jamie Lynn Spears, seen here in 2004, does not address “Zoey 101” creator Dan Schneider’s alleged misconduct in her new memoir.
Jamie Lynn Spears heaps praise on “Zoey 101” creator Dan Schneider in her new memoir but fails to acknowledge the allegations of misconduct that have been leveled against him.
When Spears, 30, first mentions Schneider, 56, in “Things I Should Have Said,” she credits him as the person who “recognized [her] talent” and “was the driving force” behind her landing the starring role on the Nickelodeon dramedy.
“The show attracted some of the best professionals in the business. The creator and director, Dan Schneider, was exacting and insisted on professionalism,” she writes.
Spears then applauds Schneider, who infamously had a habit of tweeting photos of young actress’ feet, for knowing “how to get just what he needed from a rambunctious group of teens who thought that they were all that.”
But any mention of the embattled showrunner ends there.
Schneider was once an unstoppable force at Nickelodeon, creating children’s sitcoms including “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh,” “iCarly” and “Victorious.”
But in March 2018, the network abruptly cut ties with the producer so he could “pursue other opportunities and projects.” Page Six broke the news at the time that he walked away with a $7 million payout.
Deadline reported soon after that “for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows,” while the New York Times revealed in June 2021 that an internal investigation at Nickelodeon had found Schneider was verbally abusive toward co-workers. (The review found no evidence of sexual misconduct.)
Schneider denied to the Times that he had ever acted inappropriately at work, saying in part, “I couldn’t and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors.”
He also insisted that his photos and videos of kids’ feet were “totally innocent.”
Schneider was most recently credited as the creator of Paramount+’s “iCarly” revival, which premiered in June 2021, though he had no creative involvement.
Jodie Sweetin is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after 4 years
January 18, 2022 | 7:49am
Jodie Sweetin is engaged for the fifth time, this time to Mescal Wasilewski.
She said “yes” — for the fifth time.
The “Fuller House” alum quoted famed author Maya Angelou before leaving fans with a romantic caption of her own.
“I love you Mescal, for always,” Sweetin wrote. “You’re my person. I can’t wait to see the life that lies ahead for us.”
Sweetin’s photo included a close-up look at her marquis-style engagement ring, which Wasilewski gave to her two days before her 40th birthday.
“Here’s to us, @ghostfacelito and our life of adventures. Together,” she continued. “I think I’m really gonna like turning 40 ❤️❤️❤️💍.”
Wasilewski shared the same photo on his Instagram and added, “So that happened…”
Sweetin has been married three times. Her first marriage to Shaun Holguin lasted four years, from 2002 to 2006. The “Finding Santa” star then married Cody Herpin in 2007. The former couple, who split in 2010, share daughter Zoie, 13.
She shares daughter Beatrix, 11, with ex-husband Morty Coyle, to whom she was married from 2012 to 2016.
Sweetin’s engagement comes just over a week after her “Full House” co-star Bob Saget died unexpectedly at age 65. The cast released a joint statement in the aftermath, saying they were grieving “as a family.”
“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family,” they said in the statement released on Instagram last week.
“Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”
The statement was signed by stars Sweetin, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber, Scott Weinger, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as well as series creator Jeff Franklin.
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