Has “The View” Already Found Star’s Replacement?

What a week it has been on ABC’s “The View.” On Tuesday, co-host Star Jones Reynolds made a surprise on-air announcement that she would not be returning for the show’s 10th season. Within hours PEOPLE magazine reported that Jones-Reynolds was in her words “fired” by ABC. Then, less than 24 hours later show creator, Barbara Walters told a live audience that she felt betrayed by Jones-Reynolds comments and as a result, the co-host of nine years would no longer be appearing on the “The View” effective immediately.

Now, word comes that Jones-Reynolds’s seat (which barely had time to get cold) at the infamous “hot-topics table” may be filled by a member of the MTV-generation. Rumors are swirling that singer-actress, Brandy (full name: Brandy Norwood) may be a serious contender for Jones-Reynolds’s job. According to ABC’s website, the 27-year-old former Moesha star will fill in as guest co-host next Wednesday and Friday.

Brandy’s rep says the singer, who is currently appearing as a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” an NBC reality show produced by “American Idol’s” Simon Cowell, couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be a guest co-host on “The View.” In an interview with PEOPLE magazine Brandy revealed, “I want to do a lot more TV.” What’s more, some say her stint on “The View” could lead to a full-time job. “These tryouts are for consideration for the permanent gig,” a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE.

Personally, I think that Brandy’s chances of becoming a permanent co-host are slim. The show already has a younger co-host in the way of former “Survivor” contestant, Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I think the show will eventually fill the vacant seat with a slightly older co-host. I wonder if Rachel Campos, of MTV’s “Real World” fame (who made it to the finals for the job the last two times the show was looking for a replacement) will be in the running again this time. Only time will tell.

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Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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