The ladies of ‘The View‘ won’t follow in Oprah’s footsteps.
There’s been buzz that ‘The View’ would go into syndication (aka the land of big bucks) and become a leading contender to replace Oprah Winfrey when she moves on to her O.W.N. network next year, but that talk has been shut down, reports the New York Post.
Barbara Walters, who co-hosts and co-created the daytime chatfest, stood to make millions in such a deal, and had been making a play for her show to inherit the Big O’s primo afternoon time slot when the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ ends in September 2011, but ABC has nixed the idea.
“It’s definitely not going to happen — both [ABC's] syndication group and at the ABC affiliates meeting, they categorically said they’re not going to syndicate ‘The View,’” says industry analyst Bill Carroll of Katz Media Group, according to the Post.
“We are comfortable and happy at 11 a.m., but 4 [p.m.] is better … and more lucrative,” Walters told the Post in March.
‘The View’ currently airs at 11 a.m. on ABC affiliates in most major markets. Oprah Winfrey will end her talk show next year, its 25th anniversary.