- The Washington Times - Friday, February 7, 2014

“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that the show likely brought on conservative women as guests this week to bolster ratings — an indirect admission she made while decrying the move.

First up was Glenn Beck’s cable network producer Dana Loesch, who appeared on the ABC morning show on Monday. On Tuesday, it was Mary Katharine Ham, from HotAir, Breitbart reported.

After actress Elizabeth Perkins expressed her dismay on Twitter by Miss Loesch’s appearance, Miss Goldberg agreed and pointed to ratings.

Miss Perkins tweeted, “I’m very surprised by The View booking Dana Loesch. There is no compromise with her, no solution other than more guns. Sad.”

Miss Goldberg tweeted in reply, “yeah.. Me too, but it’s sweeps apparently .. & they are going for ratings I’m sure.”

Miss Goldberg later tweeted a response to a stream of complaints about the conservative women guests: “Hey you don’t like a guest on @theviewtv tell them NOT me cos I don’t book the show.”

The show’s sole conservative host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, left in July for “Fox & Friends,” leaving some to speculate that the remaining and more liberal-leaning hosts — Miss Goldberg, Barbara Walters, and now, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy — wouldn’t be able to maintain the show’s popularity, absent any dissenting opinions.