Julie Chen Says Jenny McCarthy on The View Is a Mistake, Better Fit for The Talk

Entertainment Dec. 13, 2013 AT 10:45AM
Julie Chen and Jenny McCarthy During an interview on Howard Stern's radio show, The Talk co-host Julie Chen said The View made a mistake in hiring Jenny McCarthy Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty; ABC/Lou Rocco

The Talk has a lot to say about The View! CBS daytime co-hosts Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne visited Howard Stern's radio show on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and shared their strong opinions about their competitors over at ABC. Chen surprisingly didn't hold back when asked if she felt it was a mistake for The View to recently hire comedian Jenny McCarthy. See more pics of the newest View hire here.

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"Yes," said the 43-year-old Talk moderator, who claims to be catching up to The View in ratings. "Because what made The View so popular and so good was that it was five different women—from five different walks of life—discussing politics. And when . . . Joy [Behar] left and when Elisabeth [Hasselbeck] left, and they got Jenny in, I think they were trying to lighten the mood at the table. More gossip, more fun, more laughs. Jenny is beautiful and funny and talented and smart. In my opinion, The View doesn't know what it is now." (McCarthy, 41, replaced former View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck in September.)

"What put them on the map and made them good and famous, they don't do that anymore," she added. "No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York mayoral race or politics. They don't. That's not what you put Jenny McCarthy on for."

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Talk co-host Osbourne, 61, who is more well-known for being outspoken, agreed with Chen. "They knew what their path was," Osbourne explained of The View. "This is what their show was. You knew what to expect. You watched it for their different opinions and now it's kind of all over the place. It's not one or the other."

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"We said from the get-go we are not here to discuss politics. We never debate politics. You cannot win," Chen said. "The View did it and we didn't want to compete with them on that level; they did it well."

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That being said, both Chen and Osbourne agreed that McCarthy would be a better fit on The Talk.

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