August 7, 2014, - 10:55 am

Top ABC Execs Contacted Schlussel for “The View” Co-Host Position; NY Daily News Blurb

By Debbie Schlussel


You may have seen this blurb, below, in the New York Daily News a couple of weeks ago about ABC, “The View,” and me. (I didn’t see it until a few days ago, so I’m late to my own story.)




Conservative columnist and talk-radio host Debbie Schlussel says she’s in the running to join Whoopi Goldberg on “The View.” “I would challenge a lot of the people on the show,” she tells The News’ Reuven Blau. “Whoopi always tells people that the Redskins name offends a lot of people. I would tell her that as a Jewish-American, (her) using the last name ‘Goldberg’ mocks Jews. I would ask her if she’s going to change her stage name.” Schlussel says a producer contacted her about the job on July 2. “It was really out of the blue,” she adds.

Yes, it is all true (and the fact that Whoopi Goldberg insists the Washington Redskins team must change its name “because it offends people,” yet she won’t change her offensive stage name–I’ve written about this on this site several times). Late on July 2nd, top ABC executives contacted me for consideration for “The View,” the morning yenta-hag-fest of which I’ve been critical many times over the years. As you may have heard, the show is in the ratings dumps, and the network is looking to revive it with new “conservative” and Latina co-hosts to debate issues with Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell. I am not going to give the names of those who contacted me and with whom I spoke because I don’t need to 1) help the competition and the professionally jealous; 2) help my enemies and naysayers; and 3) make these people hate me because of unwanted contact from others. Here is the e-mail they sent me:

Date: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: Meeting with ABC
To: “”

Hi Debbie,
Here at ABC [REDACTED], we’re constantly looking for talent for our various programs on air and in development. I’m reaching out to you to see if you would be available for a Skype video call / general meeting with our VP of [REDACTED NAME] and myself, to discuss potential opportunities. As you probably know, we’re presently working on finding new co-hosts for The View. Knowing time is of the essence, we will be in the office on Friday July 4th.
Would you be available to talk on Friday at 3:00pm PT? Please advise.


I did make myself available on July 4th, but I had never done Skype before. And my computer camera didn’t work. I went out and bought a camera, but ended up wasting my whole Independence Day trying to get it to work and researching online why it wasn’t working. Apparently, the camera was broken, and when I reached that conclusion, it was too late to do anything about it. So, I did my meeting with the ABC Vice President over the phone. They contacted me, not the other way around. And the ABC VP told me they’d received thousands of tapes and inquiries from agents and wannabes. The ABC Veep said they’d looked at my reel tapes that are on YouTube (here, here, and here) and understood my “POV” (their term, not mine). It went well, and we’ll see. I hold no illusions on this, and while I might still be in the running, I don’t think I will get it because I wasn’t invited for an audition and the show is ending for the rest of the summer in a few days. And because, from what I can tell, while they claim to be looking for a “conservative,” what they really mean is a liberal who pretends to be a conservative (like Elisabeth Hasselbeck) and a moron (again, Hasseldumb). This way, Rosie O’Donnell, who gets final say in whom they hire, and Whoopi Goldberg, can easily defeat the person in any argument. There is a reason ABC just hired Rachel Maddow’s producer, Bill Wolff, from MSNBC to executive produce the show. It’ll be liberal, overwhelmingly so. and they don’t really want a strong conservative. I got that from my dealings with the ABC execs.

The people they’ve auditioned so far are S.E. Cupp, who doesn’t want you to know that her real name is actually just plain Sarah, rather than pretentious, “mysterious” initials. She will probably get the gig and can bring all two of her viewers from CNN’s “Crossfire.” She is NOT conservative on most issues. On her first day of auditioning, she stressed that people need to realize that “HAMAS are terrorists, but the Palestinians are people.” Um, who does she think elected HAMAS overwhelmingly in free elections and kept them in power in Gaza–the North Dakota Wiccans? Helloooooooo . . . . She proudly supports gay marriage and transsexualism, and made a big deal of how she was not going to attend CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) because, she claimed, they are so anti-gay (which is funny because, why, then, is Grover Norquist always there?). She brags that she’s an atheist, while fraudulently trying to hedge her bets with conservative Christians by saying, “I hope one day to be a person of faith.” Um, if you don’t believe G-d exists, don’t pretend that you hope to one day practice something you think is a joke . . . just to trick the Christians who comprise most of conservatism. Whatta fake.

Then, there is Emily Miller, who knew her felon fiance, Michael Scanlon, was bilking Indian Tribes of $45 million with his buddy Jack Abramoff. She moved with him to the mansion he bought on Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and enjoyed the accoutrements that criminal largesse affords. Miller only decided to narc on him to the feds when Scanlon canceled the engagement and dumped her for a 24-year-old waitress. Hell hath no fury . . . . She now claims she didn’t know that the money was obtained criminally, which is funny, since her fiance’s primary job experience was as a lifeguard, and even funnier, since her blabbing to the feds is what the feds say brought Scanlon and Abramoff down, so she clearly knew everything about everything, was an accessory to the crime, and her lawyers got her a deal. Crime pays.

She became Secretary of State Colin Powell’s deputy press secretary, orchestrating several of his many anti-Israel speeches and appearances in the Middle East, including a pandering trip to see Yasser Arafat during the siege on Ramallah, at the height of homicide bombings of Jews and others in Israel. And so it was interesting seeing her say on “The View” that she was working minimum wage retail two years ago, but not saying why (“I was involved in a major scandal bilking Indians of beaucoup bucks“). After the scandal, she became an online gossip columnist, and the editor of the gossip site told the Washington Post that Miller was a natural because she’d already been a major source for gossip tips to columnists all over town while she was a press secretary to Powell and Tom DeLay. Classy.

**** UPDATE:

Miller later pulled a Gwyneth Paltrow, going on convicted felon and former Congressman Bob Ney’s radio show and telling him that they were both “war buddies.” Ney was convicted in the Abramoff scandal, helping rip off the Indian Tribes–and both he and Miller inserted all kinds of gushing stuff about Abramoff and Scanlon into the Congressional Record to fool the Indians while they were being bilked (but she knew “NOTHING!” about the crime, right?). Um, I think our troops who are real war buddies would be a little incensed that their sacrifices on the battlefield are being compared to her and a Congressman’s life of crime and scandal. END UPDATE ****

In her appearances on “The View,” Miller talked about how desperate she is to find someone to date, how she loves watching reality TV, especially “The Bachelorette,” and would love to be a contestant on the “Married at First Sight” show. And this is conservative, how . . . ? This week, when Whoopi Goldberg claimed that “you can only get Ebola through sex and bodily fluid exchange,” Miller cocked her head and twice asked Goldberg “Whoopi, how do YOU have sex with someone with Ebola? I mean, HOW. DO. YOU. Have sex with someone with Ebola?” HUH? This chick is a moron (or drunk, which she seemed to be), but not so moronic that she didn’t partake in gifts and the good life that $45 mill in stolen Indian money will give ya. Yeah, that’s “conservative!”

And then there was Kayleigh McEnany, who was okay (and very rehearsed on talking points), except for starting off the show by saying that we should absolutely welcome these “great Americans” with Ebola onto our shores because “they are the best of America.” They are? No, just the most stupid and risky of America. She went on to compare the Americans who, of their own volition, went to Africa and hung out with Ebola patients, to American men and women in the military. Um, selfishly doing what you want and putting other Americans at risk after you put yourself at risk to catch a communicable, fatal disease isn’t even close to the same as serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and taking orders. And we don’t bring infected military men and women back to U.S. soil. We treat them in military hospitals abroad.

And these are the kinds of faux-conservatives ABC wants. They don’t want the real thing. They don’t want people of intelligence who won’t back down. They want squishes and panderers, which is what they’ve auditioned so far. So, that’s why I don’t hold out hope. The new season begins, I believe, at the end of August. And they will not only have new co-hosts, but a new set. What I don’t predict is that they will last long or have new, higher ratings. “The View” ratings have plunged, and the show is a bore, which is why they wanted to bring back the sizzle of Rosie O’Donnell versus a phony conservative. But all the women they’ve auditioned are even more of a bore than the co-hosts they just fired. And the ratings when the auditionees have been on have plunged even further south. They won’t get the fireworks and accompanying higher ratings with the crew of tryout meat they’ve had so far. I’d bring that, but they don’t want a real, actual principled conservative who knows what she’s talking about.

On the positive side, I have a new camera that’s working with my Skype account, and I like it. So, coming soon in the future, I hope to do Skype videos and post them here. I’m enjoying communicating with friends through it, and I hope to communicate with you that way, too, real soon.

In any event, I didn’t reach out to ABC. They reached out to me. So it was good–I guess–to be considered for the gig.

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45 Responses

I think that you could add common sense to that show. I’d watch it just to see the illogical nonsense spewed from the other hosts-but they already do that daily.

nadie on August 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

There’s no way they’d give it too a real, outspoken conservative. In their view, ideology trumps good television.

adam on August 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

I would LOVE too see Whoopi’s eyeballs melt out of her skull while Miss Debbie unloads on her. The mental image of regressives undergoing cranial implosion is PRICELSS.

Cicero's Ghost (NB) on August 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

Would you actually consider this? At least at home you can turn it off. Unless you walked off the set you would be torturing yourself having to listen to the rest.

And unless you can take them on in a fight I would not advise you to take it. You would humiliate them so much intellectually I think their frustration would lead some of them to try and introduce their fists to your teeth.

I_AM_ME on August 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

I’d like you to get it but at the same time I don’t want to see you rescue the show.

migraineboy on August 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

I detest the View, but would record every show just to see you drop the boom on those left wing dimwits. You’re right that you would never get the gig because while you are very attractive physically and well spoken, you are too well educated and smart for the show. Most of us have discovered that if you confront an emotional left winger with the facts, it’s like confronting a vampire with a wooden stake. They either try to quickly change the subject and if that doesn’t work start personal attacks on you.
Rosie O’Dumbell and Caryn Johnson (“Whoopie Goldberg’s real name) are morons and they wouldn’t stand a chance in a debate against you. They would respond like the did when Bill O’Reilly said the “outrageous” thing that “Muslims killed us on 9/11”). I guess facts are offensive to these morons and In my opinion you are way too good for that dumb show.

jimmyPx on August 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

I would love to see you on that show, but I doubt they would actually bring in someone truly conservative and smarter than the lib hags. You would show how idiotic they really are, can’t have that.

john on August 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

CAT FIGHT!!! Three aging, declawed cougars versus one aggressive lioness. The ASPCA would have a tizzy.

Michael on August 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm

There is no way in hell they would allow a brilliant, beautiful
and tough-as-nails conservative at that table every day. You would both humiliate and crush them to dust immediately! But think of how wildly entertaining it would be! A daily bloodbath, up close and personal, would have to jettison the ratings.

nicole on August 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Uhhhhhhh, . . .



But it’s encouraging to me and should be to you Debbie, in one very important aspect. That you are being paid attention to, serious attention to. And I don’t just mean by big time TV execs. If there wasn’t a “market” for you, they wouldn’t even consider you. So, you’re getting through out there, and that’s good news.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I’d definitely watch the view if you were on it.

Ilan on August 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm

ABC may not yet have thought so far as to consider providing you with support staff and your own show that you host.

It is interesting that they contacted you, and I don’t think they did not realize who they were contacting – a true conservative who is the prime example of the type who is currently gaining on network television’s viewership. ABC needs to admit to itself that it wants to gain back its relevancy and its viewers from the media sources on the Internet such as yourself. They’ve developed a noticeable gap in viewership. Further, your work leverages itself to influence other internet media outlets thus forming a trend of viewers moving away from the networks and towards the internet in general. The network needs not only an individual show but the cultural injection that it brings in order to revive its viewership.

If they figure that out, be ready with plans for when they call again.

Phil Lipofsky on August 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Deb, We(I), know you read these comments and we agree on most things, but are you saying that you think ABC would let you speak “plainly”, like you write ? I’m guessing you would have to tone it down a little, but could still win many new fans. To watch Whooping cringe and Rosie rivet ? , that would be something to see. The amount of ” behind the scenes” info.on politics would fill a book and those two would not be in your league. They would look foolish unless you changed to their liking. I do hope you get the job though, NY and America could use another ? conservative !!! We’all be watching and calling !

John Collignon on August 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Debbie- If you were to get the gig could you imagine how jealous Michelle Fraudkin will be! I hope you get it!

Erik G. on August 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Not that you need more exposure, but it is a way to reach so many more low information people out there who are clueless. This country needs more education and apparently the best way to inform is to appear on reality or other tv. But, as life has taught me, they’d probably fire the only voice of reason (you) post haste… Then they would taunt you for having been fired. Good luck if you want it !!!

CJ on August 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Debbie on The View? Way too much to expect of the show’s decision makers to offer its viewers access to what’s so sorely needed in the twilight zone of the mainstream media. A crystal ball isn’t needed to see it ain’t gonna happen. The undistinguished load of regulars have probably soiled themselves at the prospect of being confronted– eyeball to eyeball– with an informed, articulate, unflinching armed to the teeth conservative representative.

Alas, you can bet the farm that The View’s viewer’s view is to remain, as always, out of focus.

Hoping,though,and won’t mind a bit if my view is incorrect.

lee of the lower case "l" on August 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Whoppi would probably have to leave the set in protest (like she did with O’Reilly) everytime you spoke, i’d pay for that type of entertainment!

Dave in CA on August 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Remember us when you are big shot in Hollywood, my friend.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    He stole my line. I love namedropping. We could win bar bets and split the proceeds when I say that I can get you on the phone. (Large bar bets.)

    Occam's Tool on August 11, 2014 at 12:39 am

Instead of you bringing collective legitimacy to those pinheads, I think it would bring you down individually. They would script your opinions and drive you nuts, and you would be miserable. They know who YOU are. That means things are working ‘as-is’.

#1 Vato on August 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I can’t imagine they would have someone as conservative and sharp as you, but it would be wonderful. Glad you finally got Skype. (It is a blast!)

MominMinnesota on August 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm

You would give far, far, far too much class to that show. Being on a show with Whoopi and Rosie–is that a dream job or torture? Let them pick a loser and get the low ratings that the show deserves.

S. E. Cupp has two viewers? Are you sure?

There is one woman that I’d think they really want, and that’s Sarah Palin. Whatever happens, I don’t really see the show lasting much longer.

Barry Popik on August 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I HATE that show. I have only seen snippets of crap from the show that is posted on other sites. I hope Debbie does not get the spot…

But if she does, I’ll DVR it every day!

PDMac60 on August 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Like I said before Debbie, create your own Internet show at $10.00 a month. It can be your hobby. When you get 1000 subscriptions, then broadcast twice a week and take phone calls and emails and have guests. Get a few ads and you will have an international following. The View would be great but they would hire you just to fire you after one month to set an example. If Sarah Palin can get a network started then you can get a online talk show in your spare time.

bed bug on August 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm

God, I would love to see you on there, destroying these morons day after day but sadly, I don’t think it will happen. Too bad though. I’d love to see Whoopi and Rosie walking off the set on a daily basis every time they were losing an argument. That would have been fun.

Joe Cox on August 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I think that shows at least one ABC exec has a little bit of intelligence – if they would have put you on the show it would be like hunting mosquitoes with a bazooka. You would annihilate those mental midgets.

DS_ROCKS! on August 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Interesting DS, I think that you’re a little more conservative than myself, I tend to be more of the “center-right” of conservatism and not towards the hard-right of conservatism. That being said Debbie, I tend to agree with about 8/10 of your metaphysics political issues, and disagree with you on a few occasions (mainly on cultural reasoning), but when I disagree with you, I do it in a logistical and rational way, instead of using you as a straw-man with irrationalities.

If you dare go on the View DS, I think it’ll may make some of the viewers and fans uncomfortable, and it’ll also make some to the rest of the viewers to finally use a little more critical thinking and thinking for themselves.

You also explained to me personally a few years ago about SE Cupp/Sarah Cupp, I know she supports same-sex marriage and transsexualism (I don’t know what that is, I do know that homosexuality is a mechanical and biological in all species of epigenetics), all of those things are and should be apart of the 14th Amendment, where there’s a philosophy in it called “Equal Protection Clause”, where just about everyone in this country, their rights, regardless who they are, ought to be respected under the law, it’s a pro-humanitarian element of the 14th Amendment. If Ms. Cupp is an Atheist, then I don’t know why she’s being a little cognitive dissonant and placating to a certain religious adherents of folks, typically, us humanists don’t pander to any faith or it’s people, but we also recognize that it is your right to practice a religion and worship and believe in any God/Gods/Goddess as you please!

Sean R. on August 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I would enjoy seeing on the show but you would be too much of a threat to the rest of those clowns. We can’t make people uncomfortable with facts and logic.

Peter on August 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I don’t think you would like doing the show — having Goldberg and that O’Donnell dude ganging up on you, two against one all the time. Yes, the moolah would’ve been great though. That show just doesn’t seem to fit right with your personality. That’s just my opinion though. I don’t know. Possible setup by the producers to trash you?

justsayin on August 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Please get on the show and torment those dingbats daily with rational thought. Make them cry.

Bomb on August 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

I would love for ABC to hire you Debbie, and I think that you would really boost the ratings of that otherwise dreadful show. But for the reasons you cited, I would be stunned if they did bring you on. The pursuit of their dreadful leftist agenda easily trumps ratings. And what they really want is a CINO, like you suggest. Besides, could you imagine a genuine discussion on some important issues and you tell it like it is? The leftists would walk out on you because they wouldn’t be able to argue with you, having neither a command of the facts, nor even a stockpile of bull to divert attention from their mental deficiencies. That might be amusing for one show, but how many times could that pull that “trick” before the reality sets in that they are not only extremely biased leftists without a clue, but can’t even put on a feeble front of being able discuss a topic with anyone who can clean their clocks (if they can even be called that).

Ralph Adamo on August 7, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Congratulations, Debbie for being considered to co-host “The View” and I hope that you get the spot. If G-d willing you do get the job, you would own the other co-hosts of the show.

JeffE on August 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I just can’t believe that a network guy would put you in a position to continually destroy their dream team, and the dream team V.I.P’s view points. A loud mouth like Rosie O and Whooooopie would be totally outclassed and the left wouldn’t like that AT ALL. You’d be a gunslinger in the company of anti gun activists with huuuge ignorant positions, standing in the middle of Tikrit. They DO NOT want that. It would be a fun week though.

samurai on August 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Rosie O’Donell contracted a flesh-eating disease. The doctors are giving her just 87 more years to live.

CornCoLeo on August 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm

I would LOVE to see you crush these weak minded fools!

Canadian Steve on August 8, 2014 at 2:57 am

Given how “The View” is structured, irrespective of ABC’s trying out Debbie on their initiative, something tells me they’d more likely hire someone of “Scamela” Geller’s character, besides any of the other faux-“conservatives” Debbie had mentioned in this article. Sad, but true . . .

ConcernedPatriot on August 8, 2014 at 3:05 am

If they had you on it, I might actually watch it occasionally. I’d love to see you git ’em. As it stands, I haven’t watched the show since it’s first month on the air. And I’m sure you’re right about getting a weak or non conservative. They do that all the time when they want to give a Christian their say…they intentionally pick someone that sounds like an idiot most of the time. Oh lord…just thinking about that gaggle makes me want to puke.

Laura S. on August 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    laura – hell, i’d record every episode – and take the hit to my manscore – just to watch debbie beat these idiots to a pulp.

    kirche61 on August 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

weird that ABC would contact you – knowing you’re a hardcore conservative and an attorney – and then tell you they’re only looking for a CINO… or were they hoping you’d tell them you’d play ball and let the idiot goldberg and the vicious lesbian outwit you?

kirche61 on August 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

If Whoopie gets the say so, I’d say, you’re def out. No way she could stand toe to toe with you and she knows it. But she would do just what every other dem does in front of a camera and a mike.. just scream right over you and not let you get a word in edgewise. It seems their SOP.

Laura S. on August 8, 2014 at 8:57 am


If you were selected for the View it would only be for one episode. All the Yenta Hags would either self implode or catch on fire immediately after your response to their idiocy. Sadly Babwa Wawa would be absent from the carnage since she “retired” -(a mystery to me as how does one retire from doing nothing meaningful in life??)

DrBob1961 on August 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Nicolle Wallace and October Gonzalez? October Gonzalez is the attractive wife of NFL All-Pro Tony Gonzalez but I don’t know what qualifies her for a high profile gig. Maybe The View has to have an NFL wife on every show.

Nicolle Wallace is a snake. She worked for McCain-Palin, took their paychecks, then stabbed Sarah Palin in the back at every possible opportunity. Rachel Maddow loves her and Nicolle is MSNBC’s favorite kind of Republican.

The View should die a quick death now.

Barry Popik on August 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Deb, really! You’re way above that. Who else, personally responds to posts. However, being human, who wouldn’t want that. But higher ideals. In this man’s opinion, You’re real!

Tov klein on August 10, 2014 at 6:50 am

Of course, The View is crap, and you are Golden.

Occam's Tool on August 11, 2014 at 12:40 am

Go for it

qzarro on August 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

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