I feel like saying that I can finally stop watching The View after Jedediah Bila’s shocking and hasty departure today. But I can’t say that I will finally stop watching. Whoopi Goldberg, who clearly hates her job with the burning of 1,000 suns, promised last season, she would not be returning. Apparently, she got an opportunity to renegotiate her contract. I enjoy Whoopi in the movies. She is quite good as an actress and is an EGOT. She deserves those accolades. But she absolutely sucks as the so-called moderator on The View. She makes the show very difficult to watch. Barbara Walters created this show to showchase a variety of opinions that women have on current events, and to a lesser degree politics.
Of the five or six women on the panel at any given time there is usually only one who is not a left leaning democrat. Day after day, that person gets dumped on and yelled at and their view is silenced. Memorable non-democrats who have sat in the hotseat include, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Paula Faris, Nicole Wallace and Jedediah Bila. Elisabeth only lasted as long as she did because Barbara Walters was there to protect her job. Paula, a republican came on the season before the election got underway, and was inexplicably absent the following year during one of the most bizarre election season in U.S. history. Paula had in-depth political knowledge with at Republican viewpoint. She knew the facts. The rest of the panel not so much. The same thing happened with Nicolle Wallace perhaps the most political or the republicans to take the hot seat. It seems the more knowledgeable the non democrat token host is, the faster they get canned.
To my knowledge, Jed was the first Libertarian to join the panel. I was very interested in what she had to say because I’m an Independent who tries to listen to three party platforms and try to make the best decision I can. Jed was exceptionally polite and intelligent. She is a very political person who studies and reads about current political events. She tells you her opinion on things like Health Care and backs them up with facts.
Then there is Whoopi. Whoopi should not have a platform to discuss politics at all. She doesn’t know what she is talking about. She spouts completely false information. This causes Jed to try to gently provide the actual facts. Whoopi is hysterical and refuses to call the POTUS anything other than “that guy” or “you know who.” She’s childish and rude. The moderator should not be overtalking the other four or five panelists shouting lies and silencing anyone who questions her. But that is what Whoopi did to Jed every damn day. Jed would stop talking and sit quietly while Whoopi ranted her one note opinion over and over. When she came up for air, Jed would calmly begin again and get about two sentences out before Whoopi would go to commercial.
Last Wednesday, Hillary Clinton was on. Everyone was able to ask her questions, even Jed. She had written five questions but only got in two. One was about the possibility that Hillary was “tone-deaf” to millions of Americans in rural areas and their personal hardships and needs from their government. Another was about a portion of democrats who feel like her releasing her fifth memoir was holding the democratic party from moving forward and keeping them stuck in the past. It was all very polite.
Then, I believe on Thursday’s show, they talked about the Hillary interview again. I don’t remember exactly what was said, because I didn’t know there would be a test, and I generally don’t write about The View here. Jed said something about the democratic party relying on feedback from Hollywood actors and others. There was something about them being blind to middle America who don’t like Hollywood actors telling them what their world is like. Again, I don’t remember the exact wording but Whoopi lost her mind and started yelling at Jed apparently because she is one of those Hollywood actors that think they know what is going on outside of La La Land. Whoopi said she was offended and did not want to be lumped in with that group. Once again, Jed was attacked and silenced. The Friday show is taped on Thursday. I can’t recall if Jed was on Friday or not.
This brings us to today. Jed announced she was leaving The View effective today. Coincidence? I think not. It sucks but at least I don’t have to see the smartest woman on the panel demeaned by Whoopi Goldberg every damn day. They need to bring back Nicolle Wallace and LET HER SPEAK. Instead, rumor has it that Meghan McCain will be in Jed’s spot. Because please, go with the worst choice possible. Apparently, they need a Hillary fan to entice Hillary to make regular appearances on the show. Because God forbid anyone deviate from THE VIEW.
I’ll miss Jed. But I am not surprised. Whoopi runs the show, and I blame her for Jed’s departure. This is exactly why this country is so divided. People like Whoopi cannot abide listening to people with different political agendas. Even when she is being paid to do just that.