Contributor role offered, but she has yet to decide whether she'll continue
The network has, however, offered the conservative personality a contract to appear as a contributor on the show from time to time. According to a source, Wallace has yet to decide if she’ll continue in that capacity or leave “The View” entirely.
An ABC News spokesperson declined to comment on staffing changes, and a rep for Wallace didn’t respond to an email and phone call.
The former communications chief for George W. Bush was selected as the resident Republican on the show in September, but underwhelmed ABC bosses by not offering enough dissent about political issues and continually voicing her lack of knowledge about celebrities.
Wallace didn’t appear on Wednesday’s episode of “The View.” A source says that she’s hurt by ABC not asking her to return to the show full time next year.
Wallace’s hire this season was championed by new executive producer Bill Wolff, who met her while he worked on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” In addition to “The View,” Wallace still appears on MSNBC as a contributor for “Morning Joe.”
She also filled in as a pundit on ABC News covering the midterm elections, but another source adds that ABC producers found her commentary too soft.
Wallace will step down as co-host along with Rosie Perez, who announced last week she’s leaving “The View” to pursue acting opportunities following a Variety story that revealed ABC executives were considering letting her go. Rosie O’Donnell, another new co-host this season, exited the show in February, citing health concerns.
It’s been a difficult year for “The View,” with ratings down 16% in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2014. ABC bosses are looking to fight the sliding viewership by revamping “The View” in its 19th season with a panel that includes returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Raven Symone, comedian Michelle Collins (who was announced on Monday) and two other yet-to-be-announced names.
In talks for those positions are “GMA Weekend” anchor Paula Faris and Candace Cameron-Bure, who could take on the role of “The View’s” conservative expert. The former “Full House” actress has impressed producers as a fill-in host by offering strong opinions that have generated buzz on social media.
“The View” will also include a slate of rotating contributors that will sporadically appear on the series. In the running for those part-time gigs are Molly Sims, Sherri Shepherd, stylist Stacy London and Wallace (if she agrees).
The next season of “The View” premieres in mid-September.