"There's a giant neon pink gorilla in the room, and we're going to deal with it," Whoopi Goldberg said in starting Monday's edition of "The View."
Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd acknowledged that they are leaving the ABC chatfest, although McCarthy initially joked that they were staying.
McCarthy said she was grateful to have worked with Barbara Walters in the TV legend's final year. McCarthy is leaving the show after a year to take a new job that, she said, will allow her to talk without interrupting anyone. She will announce the job in a few weeks and hinted it does compete with "The View."
Shepherd tearfully read her comments from the prompter. She revealed she didn't announce her plans to leave earlier because she didn't want to detract from Walters' retirement.
Shepherd logged seven years on the show. She praised fellow hosts (Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck) and saluted Goldberg as a mentor.
"I've been blessed to interview President Barack Obama," Shepherd said. "Bill Clinton is a big fan of mine. He loves that I played a hooker in 'One for the Money.' "
Shepherd said she would announce her future projects soon and will return to promote them on "The View."
"Barbara Walters taught us all about the art of promoting the work," she said, hinting she might be on an all-stars version of "Dancing With the Stars."
"I do say to everybody, you know what? Take a chance," she said. "This scared me to do 'The View.' "
She was crying as she concluded, and the studio audience responded with a standing ovation.
"Thank you, guys, for supporting us," McCarthy said to the audience.
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