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The View table nearly had a Bravolebrity fill a seat, a staffer for the talk show has revealed.
After the departure of former cohost Meghan McCain, the question of who would replace her hung in the air. Several guest hosts, including Alyssa Farah Griffin, made the rounds until Griffin, 34, was eventually named as a permanent cohost in August 2022.
Among the candidates up for consideration was Southern Charm’s Cameran Eubanks, The View executive producer Brian Teta shared on the Monday, October 2, episode of the “The View: Behind the Table” podcast.
“At one point, a Southern Charm cast member was interested in auditioning for your job, when you were auditioning for the job,” Teta told Griffin on the episode. “It was very exciting. It did not pan out.”
Since The View premiered in August 1997, more than 20 women have had permanent roles as cohosts on the ABC morning talk show. The series, which was created by Barbara Walters, features a multi-generational panel that conducts interviews and discusses the news of the day, ranging from politics to entertainment. The original lineup was comprised […]
“She didn’t even end up guest-hosting, did she?” Griffin asked. Teta confirmed that she never even tried the gig. While Teta nor Griffin named Eubanks in their conversation, Entertainment Weekly reported that they were in fact referencing the Bravo star.
Teta and Griffin did, however, discuss another other reality star who was in the running.
“I was like, that’s very stiff competition,” Griffin, who used to work as the White House Director of Strategic Communications and Assistant to the President, said. “One of our beloved producers blurted out to me that she wanted me to get the job, or Paige DeSorbo, who never even auditioned, but she’s on Summer House. I was like, ‘What? You’re team Paige over Alyssa?’ But, she’d be fun on a talk show.”
Other potential candidates included former The View guest cohosts such as journalist Lindsey Granger, former CNN political commentator Tara Setmayer and lawyer and Real Housewives of New York City alum Eboni K. Williams.
A little over a year into her role as permanent cohost, Griffin has had some memorable on The View. On the September 14 episode, longtime host Whoopi Goldberg interrupted Griffin mid-sentence to randomly ask, “Are you pregnant?”
Griffin seemed taken aback and replied, “No — oh, my God.”
Cameran Eubanks and Thomas Ravenel are among the Southern Charm stars who have stepped away from the Bravo hit over the years. Viewers were introduced to Eubanks when Southern Charm premiered in 2014. The reality series focuses on the personal and professional lives of several socialites in Charleston, South Carolina. After participating as a main […]
“You can’t say that when my mother-in-law is here, who’s been dying for me to get pregnant!” she added.“Why? Do I look pregnant?”
Later, Griffin said she had no hard feelings towards Goldberg and, in fact, saw it as a positive thing.
“Whoopi, she thinks out loud sometimes, and I chose to take it as a compliment — that I’m glowing,” Griffin explained on the “The View: Behind the Table” podcast that aired the same day. “She’s so sweet.”