'The View' to Move Even Further Left? Rachel Maddow's Producer to Take Over

Could the liberal-leaning ladies of The View be pushed even further left? It could happen as MSNBC’s vice president of prime-time programming and producer of The Rachel Maddow Show has been picked to be the new showrunner.

On Thursday, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Bill Wolff will replace longtime producer Bill Geddie. The producer-switch comes on the heels of the announcement that the ultra-liberal Rosie O’Donnell will be returning to the set of ABC's The View.

The following excerpt is from Stelter’s August 7 story for CNN.com:

ABC’s reconstruction of “The View” involves not just new co-hosts like Rosie O'Donnell but a new producer, too, sources say: Bill Wolff.

Wolff, the executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show” and the vice president of MSNBC’s prime-time programming, will be running ABC's reboot of “The View,” according to people with direct knowledge of the plan.

Wolff is expected to replace Bill Geddie, who has run the talk show since its inception in 1997.

A spokeswoman for “The View” did not respond to a request for comment. ABC has said that the talk show “will be moving in an exciting new direction next season,” without sharing any details.

A spokeswoman for MSNBC confirmed Wolff’s departure. Before joining the cable news channel, he worked on ESPN programs like “Around the Horn” and “SportsCenter.” ESPN and ABC are both owned by The Walt Disney Co.

— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.