After Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy’s recent departure from The View, speculation is rife about who will replace them and the recently retired Barbara Walters on the popular daytime TV show. Broadway alum Mario Cantone has apparently been offered a permanent spot alongside Whoopi Goldberg, while the New York Post reports that Idina Menzel or Bernadette Peters may become part of a rotating cast of Great White Way stars.
Cantone’s Broadway credits include Laugh Whore, Assassins, The Violet Hour, The Tempest and Love! Valour! Compassion!. He would be the first man to ever be a permanent panelist on The View.
Meanwhile, rumors persist that Tony winner Rosie O’Donnell will also be returning to the ABC show. Whatever happens with this game of musical chairs, it looks like the Great White Way will be well represented when the 18th season of The View begins.