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VH1 has announced a new series entitled Satan's Sisters, based on Jones' 2011 novel of the same name, set to hit airwaves in 2017. The series tells the story of The Lunch Hour, a long-running, popular ladies' talk show in which alliances are forged, careers are made, and bridges are burned. Sound familiar to anyone?
In a statement announcing the series, Jones didn't attempt to downplay the obvious connection to The View, though she stressed that the story is loosely based on ABC's daytime talk show. Just how loosely remains to be seen. "I'm so excited that Satan's Sisters, which was such a fun book to write, is finally coming to the small screen," Jones said. "I would be lying if I said that Satan's Sisters wasn't influenced by the soap opera life of daytime TV but it is a work of fiction. All the characters are inspired, in parts, by someone I've worked with, worked for, interviewed, was interviewed by and/or even prosecuted."
Having been on the air for almost two full decades, there's no shortage of juicy drama for the writers to pluck from for inspiration, drama that extends far past Jones' 2006 departure from the series—and we're hoping all of it makes its way to the small screen. What follows are the nine moments from The View's history that executive producer Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva) would have to be insane to ignore.
The first two seasons of The View included panelist Debbie Matenopoulos, who, at age 22 when the show began, was mercilessly mocked by critics for her lack of journalistic experience and perceived lack of intelligence. Though Walters' vision for the series originally included "a young woman just starting out," the veteran journalist clearly grew fed up with Matenopoulos and she was fired before season three.
The SNL Effect
In its early years, The View was routinely mocked on Saturday Night Live, with a variety of woman playing the part of a dim-witted Matenopoulos, a divine Cheri Oteri playing Walters as a grizzled vet with no time for shenanigans and a raucous story about everyone, and Tracy Morgan skewering Jones' legal background (and looks), frequently reminding the audience "I am a lawyer" at the beginning of every comment. A scene with the cast of The Lunch Hour watching themselves be satirized is a must.
In April of 2006, Star stunned audiences and her co-hosts alike when she announced she'd be leaving the series that June. Cut to the very next day, when Jones was nowhere to be found, with Walters revealing she'd no longer be a part of the series except for segments that had been previously recorded. Walters later went on record, claiming she felt betrayed that Jones made the announcement two days ahead of schedule.
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Rosie vs. Elisabeth
Rosie O'Donnell's first season on The View (she would return eight years later for a second try, only to walk away again), season 10, was fraught with tension nearly the entire time as she frequently sparred over politics with her conservative co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck. After one particularly explosive argument in which the producers decided to a split screen to frame them both, O'Donnell was released from her contract early, only two days later.
A Drunken DeVito
During season 10, Danny Devito appeared on the series to promote his movie Deck the Halls. The only problem? The TV legend showed up still drunk as a skunk from a night of partying with George Clooney. The bizarre appearance included burping, cursing, and some unwelcome stories about sex in the White House.
Sherri's World Views
Joining the series in season 11, Sherri Shepherd made headlines in 2007 when she openly stated that she didn't believe in evolution and that she wasn't sure if the earth was flat. It was a moment the show and Shepherd have never been able to live down, no matter how many times it's been blamed on a "brain fart" brought on by nerves. It needs to be fictionalized on Satan's Sisters. Needs to.
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The XY Chromosome
In season 13, the decision was made to add male co-hosts to The View for the first time ever, marking the first time multiple men sat on the panel at once. We can only imagine how that decision sat with the women of the show, and we'd love to see that imagining come to life.
The O'Reilly Factor
No stranger to heated political debates, The View erupted during season 14 when Bill O'Reilly stopped by for a visit. During a particularly impassioned exchange over whether the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar up and left the stage, leaving Hasselbeck, Shepherd, and Walters to deal with the aftermath.
During a 2015 episode of the series, Behar and co-host Michelle Collins managed offend the nation's nurses while commenting on the previous night's Miss America competition. The backlash was swift and serious, prompting the two to issue apologies just two days later. It was but one of many, many instances when an unpopular opinion—or ill-timed joke—has rubbed audiences in absolutely the wrong way, something that must make its way to Satan's Sisters.
Are there any other moments from The View's storied history that you hope comes to life on VH1's new series?