Monday, November 06, 2006

Lola Ogunnaike faces off Against Arthel Neville for Star Jones' Slot on "The View"!

Rosie, Miss Walters, Joy Behar and Elizabeth from THE VIEW
Lola Oguinnake is a star correspondent for major publications like "The New York Times" and "Vibe" magazine. She's interviewed stars like Usher and many others in the past. Lola has her eyes on replacing Star Jones on "The View." As you know Barbra Walters cannot be on every episode/taping of her executive-produced daytime talk show. "The View" is quite interesting to watch if you enjoy co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselback fight over liberal/conservative hot topics. {Editor's Note: I couldn't find any picture of Lola online so that's why I'm using "The View" cast picture instead.}
Lola Ogunnaike, meet your competition. Sure, The View has welcomed a string of black women to fill in for Star Jones' as-yet-unfilled seat. Like One Life To Live's Renee Goldsberry, whose June appearance was among the first auditions in the producers' quest to find "the new black lady." But this week-including right now, in fact; turn on your TVs-The View is welcoming Arthel Neville of Geraldo At Large. (And, in case you're wondering, yes: She's the daughter of Arthur Neville.) She guest co-hosted yesterday's show as well.
Unlike the currently suspended New York Times Style reporter Ogunnaike, we're told Neville's bosses at the Fox News Channel gave her permission-even encouragement-to try out for the show. An ABC insider, meanwhile, tattles to us that although View producers (which include exec producer and co-host Barbara Walters) were pleased with Ogunnaike's performance, they're quite enamored with Neville. We're told her prior TV experience gives her a huge leg up: She launched Extra, has served as a producer and talent on E!, and has a string of sitcom appearances padding her IMDb profile. She joined FNC in March as Geraldo's West Coast chief and, from what we understand, is well liked around Rupert Murdoch's camp. Continues our ABC source: "Perhaps most importantly, she's getting along with Rosie [O'Donnell]. Not sure how Elisabeth [Hasselbeck] feels about her, but if Rosie likes her, then Barbara likes her, and that's all that matters."
With Ogunnaike on indefinite suspension from the Times, we can only imagine she's spending her afternoons dialing View producers, wondering when they're having her on again. Her evenings, meanwhile, are devoted to sticking pins in her Neville voodoo doll."

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