October Gonzalez and Nicolle Wallace are rumored to join the panel, which currently includes Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell. Gonzalez is the wife to former NFL star Tony Gonzalez, who retired from the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 after playing for more than 15 years as a tight end. Wallace, 42, is a political commentator who served under former President George W. Bush as communications chief.
Reports began circulating on Thursday, Aug. 7, that the two women had been added to the ABC talk show. A spokesperson for The View, however, told Us Weekly, "Chemistry tests were conducted yesterday with Whoopi and Rosie. No decisions have been made and there is nothing to announce at this time."
O'Donnell, 52, was added to The View just last month, when her return to the program was confirmed by ABC. She was previously a moderator on the show in its 10th season in 2006 and 2007.
"They tested very well," a source tells Us Weekly of Gonzalez and Wallace, adding that racial and political diversity, background, and looks were all factors in eyeing the pair. Wallace's journalistic and conservative background reportedly makes her attractive to ABC to fill out the panel.
Another insider tells Us Weekly that entertainment journalist Lauren Sanchez is also in the running for the gig, and may be facing off with Gonzalez for the seat. The relationship gets more complicated, however, as Sanchez, 44, welcomed son Nikko Gonzalez, 13, with October's current husband Tony in 2001—a few years before he married October. The two women are friends and work together to parent Nikko.
"Lauren checks off all the boxes and is likable [with] a really well-rounded resume in entertainment, sports, [and] politics," the insider adds.
Neither ABC nor the women reportedly in the running for The View gigs have commented on the rumors.