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Inside ABC’s Botched Plan to Fire Rosie Perez From ‘The View’ (Exclusive)

26 January 2015 5:18 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has put the brakes on a plan to fire Rosie Perez from “The View,” after Variety broke the news of the decision on Jan. 14.

At the time, the network wasn’t ready to announce the co-host’s departure. According to a source familiar with ABC execs’ thinking, fear of “an Ann Curry situation” — a reference to NBC’s botched firing of the “Today” anchor in 2012 — led executives to reverse course and keep Perez on the network’s 11 a.m. talk show for now.

Perez had only been on “The View” for four months when ABC execs concluded that she wasn’t the right fit for the show. The network thought it had an easy plan to offer Perez a graceful exit: The actress was already scheduled to take a month off from “The View” in January to prepare for her role in Larry David’s Broadway play “Fish in the Dark. »

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