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Joy Behar Forgets Candace Cameron-Bure’s Name; Whoopi Talks About Beloved Vibrator – “The View” Is BACK!

But is it better than ever?

Though we’ve got 13 more days of summer, “summer summer” (that is to say the laissez-faire days of doughnut-shaped pool floaties and bottomless Skinnygirl® sangrita) has come to a close.

Hundreds of thousands of kids returned to school yesterday across the country. The Senate was back in session. But most importantly of all, The View returned for Season 19.

Related: Candace Cameron Bure Defends Homophobic Bakery On “The View” (Raven-Symoné’s Not Having It)

Returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg was joined by original cast member Joy Behar (back after a 2-season “retirement”), Season 18 regulars Raven-Symoné and Michelle Collins and newbies Candace Camerone-Bure and Paula Faris.

So do you want the good or the bad first?

Let’s ease into it by starting with the good.


It’s better than the clunky Season 18 premiere.

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Though it’s dealing with a similarly reshuffled panel, the frenetic, uncertain energy that kicked off last season’s premiere was gone, replaced with a more relaxed, ’we got this’ attitude.

Joy Behar has reclaimed her throne.

This go-round, without a Barbara in sight, Behar will take the reigns from Whoopi as the show’s matriarch.

But let’s not forget that the return of a familiar face last season (Rosie O’Donnell) did not exactly pay off in spades. In fact, the bringing original cast members back format (currently a heavy pattern embraced by The Real Housewives franchise with the return of OG’s Bethenny Frankel on New York, Dina Manzo on New Jersey) is a big gamble. Behar’s will likely pay off because she’s Behar. Having her there, whether she seamlessly gels with the new cast or not, is a big damn deal. Behar is an icon, a titan of this industry, who deserves every ray of light shone on to her.

Behar forgot Candace Cameron-Bure’s name on Day 1.

Hey, it happens.

“Cameron,” she called her new-cohost. “Candace,” Whoopi corrected her, she herself probably a bit unsure.

Cameron-Bure has her pageant wave down pat.


And there’s no denying that her crop top gave me life (“I’m just hiding it at the right spots,” she joked about her belly fat in that annoying way that a certain kind of really-in-shape person does when they’re complimented on their physique). The shrillness of her voice emphasized by her puppet-like demeanor… oh… I said this part was the good. Hold that thought, we’ll come back to Candace.

Elizabeth Warren for President!

While she would not confirm her candidacy, Senator Elizabeth Warren commanded her segment (which found her essentially having a one-on-one with Behar despite Faris and Raven-Symoné sitting on an opposing couch).

“He’s the leading candidate right now on the Republican side,” Faris noted when turning the conversation (expectedly) to Donald Trump. “You gotta remember who he’s being measured against on the Republican aside, no offense,” Warren offered without a laugh. Slay!

Whoopi Goldberg calls out her vibrator.

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Referencing the fact that she felt odd crushing on 30-something celebrities (justifying her stance with the fact that they are younger than her daughter) Whoopi made mention of the trusty friend she keeps in her bedside drawer. If anyone else had made the comment, it might’ve been a little crude, but it’s Whoopi. She doesn’t get a hall pass, she IS the hall pass.

And that concludes the good. Onto the bad…


“Please welcome to the show… everyone but Candace.”

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The show’s first two segments were done without Cameron-Bure, conveniently allowing her to avoid the panel’s discussion of Kim Davis–likely in an effort to keep the premiere light on potential catfights.

This was an odd move strategically as it only served to emphasize Camerone-Bure’s outsider status. (Bure revealed she would not be at the desk every day–due to her commitment to shooting Netflix’s Fuller House–but was cagey when it came to revealing whether she’d ever sit at the table full time.) Which leads me to admit…

Candace Cameron Bure is not right (but it’s okay).

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She’s not awful. In fact, as media training goes, she gets an “A.” She hits her marks. Big smile on her face. She’s “relatable” (whatever that means). But is she anything more than a guest-star?

She used all the trite buzz words when describing her new gig during a taped package that aired hours earlier on their sister show, Good Morning America, describing the new View as “super spicy,” and “really fun” She made sure to mention “camaraderie,” as lord knows the dynamic of this group will be picked apart (as it should).

I’m willing to give her a chance, but her inauthenticity leads me to strongly believe her decision was too large a stunt and not enough substance.

Criticizing Kim Davis’ appearance.

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Preface: Love me some Michelle Collins, think she’s 100% what this show needed. That said…

The award for most awkward moment of the hour goes to Collins, who swung and missed with an attempt to put-down Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ appearance, even calling her a monster. Behar disagreed, steering the conversation back to the topic at hand. (For an interesting read, check out this Patheos article asking: “Can we stop slut-shaming and attacking the looks of women whom we disagree with?”)

Who is Paula Faris?

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With the harsh dismissal of Nicole Wallace last season, Good Morning America weekend anchor Paula Faris will be the show’s leading political journalist. Faris, who in fairness didn’t get much screen time during the premiere episode, will have a hard time proving her worth among such big personalities as Behar, Collins and Raven-Symoné.

The Trouble With Raven.

That Robin Roberts referred to Raven as a veteran during the GMA segment (this is Raven’s first season as a full-time cast member) exacerbates another major crux within The View’s identity crisis. The show continually seems unsure about whether to stick to its established formula (the one built on Barbra Walters’ blood, sweat and Star Jones’ tears) or adhere to the format of its copycats: The Talk and The Real.

“I’m like the young people,” Raven-Symoné asserts, asking about the possibility that Elizabeth Warren will run on the same ticket as Joe Biden. “Should I be looking out for you more?” she asks. Though she didn’t intend it as such, it came out as a bit of a dig in the sense that Warren could only hold Raven’s interest if she were on a bill with Biden. Yes, that’s reading into it, but hey, that’s my view.


In conclusion:

While this line-up is full of panelists with different points of view, the diversity of their areas of interest and expertise might be too vastly different to facilitate any kind of debate.