Sara Haines is leaving The View.
But she’s not leaving the world of television.
Far from it, in fact.
Following an announcement made at Comic-Con over the weekend, Haines woke up on Monday and confirmed to viewers that she is departing this morning program for another.
Good Morning America, to be specific.
Haines and Michael Strahan will debut their very own hour of GMA on September 10.
“I have a big announcement, it is bittersweet, so I’m going to start with the bitter part, which is just the sad part,” Haines said today, elaborating as follows:
“I will be leaving the show, for the best reason, but I have to start with this.
“I have dreamt about, I have watched the show since it began — look at who I’m flanked by … at the whole table … but there are days I go to look at Whoopi and I can’t finish a sentence because I remember it’s Whoopi Goldberg.”
Haines wasn’t done gushing, either.
“Every time I hear the theme music, I remember watching at home on my couch,” she said.
“This has been a dream I’ve always had to be on this show. Every day I walk out here, I’ve never taken it for granted.”
“I don’t have words to express my gratitude. I wasn’t done being grateful and pinching myself for just sitting at this table.
“This has been a dream. I’m honored to sit here. I’m honored to go down with this brand sitting behind me every day.”
We certainly believe her, but the pull of having her own series alongside Strahan proved to be too much for Haines to turn down.
GMA Day will replace The Chew in the 1 p.m. time slot of Good Morning America.
“I cannot wait to kick things off with you,” Strahan said to Haines in a promotional video for the upcoming program.
Ever since leaving Kelly Ripa in the dust, Strahan has allegedly made enemies at Good Morning America.
It’s been evident that his goal is to become the most successful retired athlete on television, despite the rise of Alex Rodriguez over at ESPN.
And Haines is clearly psyched to help Strahan defeat all athletic comes in this domain.
Along with a video of her future co-anchor on Instagram, she wrote the following on Monday:
Ahhhhhhhh!! Not even sure I can find the words to adequately express how excited I am to sit next to @michaelstrahan as we embark on this new journey at @GMA #GMADay…it is (and has been) a dream of mine for a LONG time.
It’s bittersweet though as I leave @theviewabc, a place I have called home for the past couple years.
A huge thank you to all the viewers and fans who have followed me along the way.
I LOVE my View family, but don’t worry, my brand new *view* is literally down the street.
For The View, this announcement comes days after it was announced Paula Faris is also departing the program for a new job at ABC News handling breaking news and reporting.
With these two gone, it leaves Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Houston and Meghan McCain sitting at the ABC table each morning.
Until co-host number 2,798 is selected, that is.
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Thanks to ABC, Sara Gilbert is currently out of a job.
She no longer stars as Darlene on Roseanne because Roseanne no longer exists, not after executives quickly canceled Season 11 of the sitcom after Roseanne Barr got all racist on Twitter.
At this point, you must be familiar with the story, right?
Familiar with how Barr Tweeted a so-called joke about former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett that compared her to an ape and with how ABC finally had enough of her controversial viewpoints to give her and her show the axe?
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” wrote the network’s President in response to Barr’s remark.
From there, of course, pretty much everyone with a social media account chimed in on Roseanne and on the cancelation.
Gilbert among them.
“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show,” Tweeted the veteran actress, adding:
“I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”
On Monday, during an episode of The Talk, Gilbert basically reiterated this stance.
“I would like to say that this has been a very difficult week,” the 43-year-old said to begin her commentary, adding on the subject:
“A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I am proud of the show we made.
“The show has always been about love, diversity and inclusion, and it’s sad to see it end in this way. I am sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process.
“However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”
At various points, it has sounded as if Roseanne even agrees with the decision, having Tweeted last week that she doesn’t deserve anyone coming to her defense.
(She has since re-Tweeted many people coming to her defense, of course, and also blamed her racism on Ambien and said lots of other weird stuff.)
On yesterday’s program, meanwhile, Gilbert’s The Talk co-host, Sheryl Underwood, chimed in as follows:
“I’m really glad to hear you say that because as a black woman who is a comedian, I’m very, very proud of Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment.
“And as Spike Lee says, a lot of people came together to do the right thing and I’m happy to see that it was done swiftly.”
And then there was this from Julie Chen:
“Canceling the show so quickly sent a strong message and the right message, that’s for sure.”
On this point, most people seem to agree.
All this said, ABC may not be done with the Roseanne franchise.
In fact, the network is strongly considering a spinoff that would focus on Gilbert’s character of Darlene.
We hear that John Goodman would be interested in just such an idea, as would other castmates from the original series and also the rebooted version.
Aside from sticking it to Barr, a spinoff would save the jobs of approximately 200 people who worked on Roseanne.
Even Barr might have trouble finding something negative to say about that.
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