'SNL's' 'The View' Parody May be Close to Reality

By Richard Johnson with Jeane Macintosh and Sean Gannon

Debbie Matenopoulos, who is viciously satirized as an airhead on "Saturday Night Live," might be losing her spot on "The View." Sources say the show has started to look for a replacement for the 23-year-old blond member of the ABC morning chick chatfest that also includes Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar. "SNL" has a recurring parody with a Barbara Walters impersonator - Walters is "View" executive producer - who says, "I always wanted to do a show with women of different genewations, backgwounds and views: a working mom, a sassy black woman like I've seen on TV and a total idiot." Insiders complain Matenopoulos "barely ever goes over any of the research materials provided to her, is usually late, and spends most of her time deciding which premieres and parties she feels like attending that week." But it's possible Matenopoulos is the victim of green-eyed envy on the part of older, less telegenic, lower-paid staffers. Matenopoulos, hand-picked despite a total lack of broadcasting experience, started her small-screen career as a production assistant at MTV. She is said to have a shrine to the Bee Gees in her dressing room, qualifying her as the voice of twentysomethings on the a.m. round-up. "The View," which debuted last August, has been renewed for a second season. Ratings are decent for the show's tough time slot but not spectacular. Executive producer Bill Geddie told PAGE SIX, "we have no intention of replacing Debbie and we think she's doing a terrific job."

Source: Page Six of the New York Times

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