'The View' adds Todd Polkes as Booker
“The View” is adding veteran booker Todd Polkes to its team, Variety has learned.
Polkes, who is leaving his post at “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” for the job at ABC, had previously worked at “Larry King Live,” “Katie” and “The Joy Behar Show.”
“The View” has tried to bulk up its bookings for season 19, which has seen a ratings slide from last year’s Hot Topics table with Rosie O’Donnell, but it hasn’t managed to land many A-list celebrities as guests with its rebooted fall panel. It has, however, proved to be a stopping ground for politicians such as Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul (who will appear on Wednesday’s show).
Polkes will join “The View’s” other two longtime bookers Donald Berman and Natalie Bubnis.
One source noted that bookings have been challenging this season, because publicists are complaining that they don’t know who the rotating co-hosts are. (There are six, led by moderator Whoopi Goldberg, as well as a roster of benchwarmers.)
Polkes’ hiring will be announced to the staff this afternoon by interim executive producer Candi Carter, and he starts next week.