Shepherd will be introduced next week as a new cast member
on The View, giving the daytime chat show its
first full cast since before Rosie O'Donnell came and went.
creator, Barbara Walters, said Wednesday that she would
reveal the new cast member on Monday. That will be
Shepherd, said a person close to the show who spoke on
condition of anonymity.
Shepherd is no
stranger to The View. She was a guest host more
than a dozen times, many of them this summer as she tried
out for a cast slot left empty since Star Jones
Reynolds left last summer.
She appeared in
this summer's film Who's Your Caddy? Her
lengthy resume includes roles on Pauly Shore Is
Dead and The Jamie Foxx Show. She even played God
once on the CBS show Joan of Arcadia, although
it's doubtful her new colleagues will give her the
same voice of authority.
had Walters set to appoint Shepherd in late July,
around the time Whoopi Goldberg was selected as the show's
new moderator. But the announcement was delayed,
perhaps a sign that hardball negotiations were taking
preliminary Nielsen Media Research ratings found that 3.4
million people watched Goldberg's debut on Tuesday. That's 1
million shy of O'Donnell's audience for her first show
last September. O'Donnell's stormy tenure on The
View lasted less than a year.
headlines of her own her first day by defending NFL star
Michael Vick in his dogfighting case. Goldberg said that
where Vick came from in the South, dogfighting isn't
On her Wake Up
With Whoopi radio show on New York's WKTU FM,
Goldberg said Wednesday she wanted to make clear she didn't
condone Vick's actions. The Atlanta Falcons
quarterback admitted he provided money for a
dogfighting ring that operated on his property and helped
kill six to eight pit bulls.
''I do not think
what Michael Vick was smart,'' she said. ''I am thrilled
that the cops took care of it.' (AP)