An ABC source exclusively told DailyMail.com, ‘Next year is our 25th season and we’re considering Debbie Matenopoulos making a triumphant return to The View.’
Matenopoulos was one of the original hosts of the show alongside Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar when it first aired in 1997.
McCain announced last week that she was resigning, but the ABC insider also hinted that another host may be exiting.
‘While we need to fill the seat that Meghan has vacated, there may be another change coming that we need to plan for. But Debbie would be the perfect fit for our anniversary season,’ they said.
An ABC insider has told DailyMail.com that the show is looking to replace Meghan McCain with former co-host Debbie Matenopoulos
Matenopoulos was one of the original hosts when the show aired in 1997, alongside Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar
Matenopoulos served as co-host for two seasons before her exit but has appeared on the show as a guest co-host periodically.
Matenopoulos served as co-host for two seasons before her exit but has appeared on the show as a guest co-host periodically
The source said of Matenopoulos’ return, ‘Debbie’s recent guest co-hosting of The Talk has not gone unnoticed at ABC and it would make sense to scoop her up.
‘Debbie got such a raw deal when she was cast 24 years ago – she was only 21 and had no real life experience. Yet over the past 20 plus years she has blossomed, she’s married, has a child, is a successful television host and she now could hold her own at The View’s table, day after day.’
The source said that Matenopoulos was one of the reasons that The View was put on the map.
‘Ratings struggled in those first two years that Debbie was at The View, but SNL took notice of the dynamic between Debbie and the other women and their The View skits became must viewing on Saturday nights. SNL’s audience would then take a peek at The View to see Debbie and the other ladies in action on the show and The View’s audience began to grow,’ they said.
‘Those of us that were here in the Barbara days remember how Barbara was image-obsessed and she couldn’t function when the show was being made fun of on SNL. We were all convinced she had PTSD from the days when the brilliant Gilda Radner played Baba Wawa and mercilessly mocked her speech impediment. Barbara blamed Debbie, so Debbie had to go.
‘We all laughed along with Debbie when she owned the moment and guest starred as herself on SNL after leaving The View, by making fun of the entire situation. Debbie has also returned to the show over the years and it’s always been fun to have her back.
‘It would be a great blast from the past and Debbie certainly has the experience and wit to return to the table and reclaim her seat.’
Debbie Matenopoulos did not respond when DailyMail.com reached out to ask about her possible return to the show.
The source said that Matenopoulos was one of the reasons that The View was put on the map. Matenopoulos is pictured on a special 2016 episode with her former co-hosts
‘Ratings struggled in those first two years that Debbie was at The View, but SNL took notice of the dynamic between Debbie and the other women and their The View skits became must viewing on Saturday nights,’ the source said. A photo of an SNL skit of The View is pictured
The scoop about Debbie follow’s McCain’s bombshell – first revealed by DailyMail.com and then live on air – that she is quitting after four years on the show.
McCain addressed her resignation during the The View’s opening segment, saying: ‘I’m going to rip the band aid off.’
‘This was not an easy decision,’ she said. ‘I am here to tell you – all of my wonderful co-hosts and viewers at home – that this is going to be my last season here at The View.
‘It’s not easy to leave but I feel like this is the right decision for me at the moment.’
Co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were unaware that she had resigned prior to Thursday’s reveal, a source told DailyMail.com.
The outspoken co-host said she had built an ‘incredible life’ in Washington DC after leaving New York City while she was still pregnant with daughter Liberty during the COVID pandemic.
‘When I think about where I want Liberty to have her first steps, her first words – I just have this really wonderful life here that ultimately I felt like I didn’t want to leave.’
Meghan McCain announced live on air on last week that she is resigning from ABC’s The View after four years
McCain addressed her resignation during the The View’s opening segment, saying: ‘I’m going to rip the band aid off’
McCain also praised her co-hosts, who she regularly spars with on the show, saying it had been ‘one of the greatest, most exhilarating, wonderful privileges’ of her life working on The View.
‘It is a privilege to work alongside such strong, brilliant, intelligent broadcasters… You are the most talented women on all of television,’ she said of her co-hosts.
Speaking about when she first landed the role, McCain said: ‘I didn’t want to join the show as I think I’ve talked about it in the past. It was my dad who encouraged me to do it. He was right.’
McCain, who isn’t leaving until the season is over at the end of July, quipped: ‘I will still be here another month so if you guys want to fight a bit more we still have a few more weeks.’
Her co-hosts took turns praising McCain following the announcement, describing her as ‘tough’ and acknowledging her ‘important point of view’.
Joy Behar, who McCain clashed with regularly over their differing political opinions, commended her for sticking her neck out on the show.
‘You and I have had some fights and disagreements. You and I have in common where we’re on a show where we stick our necks out. We stick by our points of view. You’ve done that brilliantly for four years,’ Behar said.
‘You’re no snowflake missy.’
The View and ABC had fought to keep McCain on the show, according to DailyMail.com’s source.
‘We have tried to keep her, but she is adamant that now is the right time for her to leave,’ they said.