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Julie Chen Calls 'The View's Jenny McCarthy Hiring A Big Mistake

'The Talk's Julie Chen says competitor 'The View's addition of Jenny McCarthy to the panel of women was a big mistake.

"Yes," she said when asked in an interview with Howard Stern. "Because what made The View so popular and so good was that it was five different women -- from five different walks of life discussing politics."

"What put them on the map and made them good and famous, they don't do that anymore," she explained. "No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York mayoral race or politics. They don't. That's not what you put Jenny McCarthy on for."

"And when Joy Behar left and when Elisabeth Hasselbeck left and they got Jenny in, I think they were trying to lighten the mood at the table... more gossip, more fun, more laughs."

"But what happened was, in my opinion, The View doesn't know what it is now."

Chen then implied that ABC now knew the move was a mistake.

"I'm not telling ABC anything they're not wondering themselves," she said.

She added it wasn't anything personal against McCarthy, who she called "smart" and "talented." Ironically, Chen added that McCarthy would've probably been a better fit on 'The Talk' because they don't discuss politics.

December 13, 2013 |

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