News Nuggets: ‘The View’ surprisingly dumps Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy as hosts

In a surprising move on Thursday, both Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are being ousted from ABC’s daytime talk show “The View.” A source says that neither woman was expecting the change. Founding producer and host Barbara Walters retired in May, so that only leaves Whoopi Goldberg as a full-time host for the Emmy-winning show. Co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar both left in 2013. In a statement, Shephard said, “It’s been seven wonderful years on ‘The View’ and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on.” A few hours later, McCarthy said on Twitter, “If Sherri goes… I go too. #sisters.” Then in a follow-up post: “My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks.” E! Online.

The Weinstein Company is splitting with their longtime awards campaign guru Lisa Taback. It is a major shake-up that could signficantly impact the next Oscar race. TWC executives learned that she was working on Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” campaign during this past season, therefore violating her contract with them. Taback has worked on awards campaigns for Harvey and Bob Weinstein since 1994, helping to win the Best Picture prizes for “Shakespeare in Love,” “Chicago,” “The King’s Speech,” and “The Artist.” Hollywood Reporter.

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Several TV experts offer their thoughts on Emmy-related issues. Robert Bianco (USA Today), Mary McNamara and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Matt Roush (TV Guide), and Todd VanDerWerff (The A.V. Club) are the Buzzmeter panelists. They provide commentary on whether “True Detective” should actually be in the miniseries categories, who are the most deserving rookie contenders (Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen, Andy Samberg, Taylor Schilling), and who should finally be booted out. L.A. Times.

Game of Thrones” fans are livid that a fan favorite from the books did not make an appearance in this year’s season finale. SPOILERS AHEAD. The character of Lady Stoneheart in George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series is actually Catelyn Stark brought back from the dead as a zombie. Actress Michelle Fairley played Catelyn into the third season, and she confirms that she will not be returning after all. She said, “You respect the writers’ decision. I knew the arc, and that was it. They can’t stick to the books 100 percent.” Zap2It.

Nominees for the 16th annual Young Hollywood Awards are announced. Contenders for Favorite Flick are “22 Jump Street,” “Divergent,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Maleficent,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The Bingeworthy TV Show nominees are “Awkward,” “Game of Thrones,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Teen Wolf,” and “The Walking Dead.” Variety.

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Actor Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“) is tapped to host the 30th annual Television Critics Association Awards. The TCA ceremony will be held on July 19 at the Beverly Hilton. Nominees for Program of the Year are “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “True Detective.” The Wrap.

A new teaser trailer debuts to promote the fifth season of “Downton Abbey.” It has an “ominous vibe” and points to the fact that “dark times are coming.” Filming has been underway for two months, with a United Kingdom debut slated for September. The new season will be seen in the United States starting in January. Huffington Post.

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