Representatives for Chuck Wicks announced today that the popular country singer and “Dancing With the Stars” alum will pull up a stool as a regular cast member of the ABC morning talk show “The View” beginning on December 1. He will replace Sherri Shepherd, joining current panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Barbara Walters for lively discussion of current events, entertainment news, and women’s issues.
The move comes as the network strives to incorporate more masculine viewpoints into its daytime programming in an effort to appeal to the growing ranks of newly laid-off, involuntarily stay-at-home dads. Rehearsals are already underway, with Wicks reportedly bringing a distinctly male perspective to the long-running Barbara Walters production.
“When it comes to choosing curtains, I think most men are likely to favor a chenille or brocade fabric in a dark champagne or rose taupe color,” offered Wicks during a discussion concerning the political background of presumptive House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “But that’s just my opinion, ladies.”
Of Wicks’ interaction with his new cohosts, set designer Glenn Gorgonzola remarks: “They seem to have really good repartee… especially Chuck and Whoopi. Sometimes Chuck will say something and Whoopi will say ‘Honey, you crazy.’ Then a few minutes later Whoopi will say something and Chuck will say ‘No, honey, YOU crazy.’ He’s got a real quick wit like that. They’re so cute together.”
Even so, Gorgonzola hints that the addition of Wicks could create some new cliques and feuds around the coffee table. “Already in rehearsals, Chuck and Elisabeth [Hasselbeck] showed up wearing very similar tops one day, which resulted in a little cattiness on the set. I think longtime viewers will be interested to see how introducing a new personality changes the show’s dynamic. It’s really like adding a new member to the family.”
One planned segment – The Wicks Fix, which would have featured the country star showing the viewing audience how to make basic home repairs and perform routine car maintenance – has been delayed while consultants are brought in to instruct Wicks on the finer points of checking dipsticks and hanging picture frames.