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Eboni K. Williams ‘is eyeing Sunny Hostin’s seat instead of Meghan McCain’s on The View’

Real Housewives of New York castmate Eboni K. Williams is eyeing a seat at the table at ABC’s The View, but it’s not Meghan McCain‘s chair that she’s looking to fill, DailyMail.com has learned. 

The reality star apparently has her sights set on replacing veteran panelist Sunny Hostin and is confident that she’s a worthy contender, according to inside sources.  

Eboni was welcomed as a guest co-host on the daytime talk show last week as the network seeks to replace McCain following the conservative TV personality’s abrupt departure in August. 

But the 37-year-old reality star has reportedly already ruffled some feathers at ABC after word spread that she’s actually gunning for Hostin’s job. 

‘There is only one vacant chair at this show – and it’s Meghan’s,’ an insider at the talk show told DailyMail.com. 

‘We all rolled our eyes when Eboni told Entertainment Tonight at the Housewives book launch last week that she wants a permanent seat at The View’s table.’ 

Eboni K. Williams was welcomed as a guest co-host on The View last week as ABC seeks to replace Meghan McCain following her abrupt departure in August

The RHONY star has said she hopes to land a permanent gig at the daytime talk show after her  two-day stint at the table alongside veteran hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin

The RHONY star has said she hopes to land a permanent gig at the daytime talk show after her  two-day stint at the table alongside veteran hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin   

The TV star revealed that she is hoping to land her ‘dream job’ with a regular gig at the long-running talk show following her two-day stint. 

‘It’s the dream job, it is,’ she told ET last Wednesday. ‘Ever since I was 12 years old, and I always wanted to be an attorney, so seeing Star Jones in that seat and showing what one could do on a national platform, with that background of law and social justice, integrating it with politics and pop culture, from a woman’s perspective, it was an honor.’  

She added that she treated her guest appearance as her official audition for the slot. 

‘The goal, you know, like any other job audition, or interview, right? Do well enough to be invited back. So, that’s my prayer.’ 

She continued: ‘And I will tell you, from inside The View conversation, they would be extremely supportive of me bringing my experience as a Housewife. That’s a very unique experience that is culturally relevant.’ 

But despite her confidence, sources claim there’s no room for the TV personality at the table unless she wanted to fill the slot for the show’s conservative voice.  

‘Sunny is a very popular host. She’s loved on set and she gets along with her cohosts, she’s also just signed a long term deal with The View and Disney has given her a production deal,’ the insider said. 

‘What Eboni needs to realize is, the chair available is the conservative chair. Yet Eboni thinks she’s the next Star Jones and no one at The View wants that.’ 

While ABC is trying to find a replacement for conservative host Meghan McCain, sources say Eboni is actually vying for Sunny Hostin's seat (left) despite it not being up for grabs

Meghan McCain

While ABC is trying to find a replacement for conservative host Meghan McCain, sources say Eboni is actually vying for Sunny Hostin’s seat (left) despite it not being up for grabs 

Network sources say the idea of bringing the RHONY star on full time is improbable as the slot would likely be given to frequent guest co-host Ana Navarro who would serve as the show's new conservative voice

Network sources say the idea of bringing the RHONY star on full time is improbable as the slot would likely be given to frequent guest co-host Ana Navarro who would serve as the show’s new conservative voice 

‘While Eboni acted like she was conservative at Fox News where she was close friends with Kimberly Guilfoyle and Bill O’Reilly, when she joined the Real Housewives of New York she’d suddenly become an outspoken progressive.

‘ABC News management can see through this, but we’re worried that [executive producer] Brian [Teta] can’t as he’s susceptible to flattery as that is how Sara Haines has kept her job.’

Eboni, whose arrival stirred up drama among her RHONY castmates on the show this season, has been criticized for straddling political lanes, having served as a contributor on Fox News in the past.  

And when she joined the long-running Bravo reality series this year, she was accused of being ‘preachy’ and ‘woke’ for foisting a ratings-withering agenda of race and social justice onto the frothy reality TV staple.  

Her onscreen persona was enough to cause a rift between her and her other cast members that resulted in a prolonged delay of the show’s reunion. 

Despite the drama, insiders claim Eboni is still confident that she has more to bring to the table than the veteran co-host. 

‘What’s shocking is how blatantly Eboni is coming for Sunny. Eboni has openly told many friends, including myself, that she feels she is a more modern, younger and hipper version of Sunny and that she has greater star power,’ a friend told DailyMail.com. 

‘It’s outrageous on so many levels as she doesn’t even have a job at the show and she’s running all over New York telling anyone who’ll listen that she should have Sunny’s job.

Williams weighed in on black women's place in reality TV during the show's Hot Topics segment last week

Williams weighed in on black women’s place in reality TV during the show’s Hot Topics segment last week 

Eboni has taken on a more 'woke' and progressive stance on TV despite previously serving as a contributor on Fox News before joining RHONY

Eboni has taken on a more ‘woke’ and progressive stance on TV despite previously serving as a contributor on Fox News before joining RHONY

‘The problem is Eboni is just a chameleon for whatever job she is trying to get. She knows she can’t carry the conservative card, so now she has set her sights on Sunny.   

‘My jaw dropped when she told me she should be replacing her,’ the friend added. 

Eboni denied the ‘patently false’ allegations in a statement to DailyMail.com on Thursday. 

‘It’s a very unfortunate repetition of a tired narrative that works overtime to pit accomplished black women against each other,’ she said. 

‘Sunny has been a mentor to me since I started my career on television. I only have the most wonderful things to say about her,’ she added. 

The television star said joining the panel on The View would be a ‘dream’ regardless of whether or not she fits the ‘conservative’ bill. 

She maintained that her status as an 18-year registered independent has long been on record and that she served strictly as a political analyst during her stint on Fox News. 

The View's current cast, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, after McCain's departure

The View’s current cast, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, after McCain’s departure 

‘If anything, what my two days at the table demonstrated is that there is more than enough room for multiple talented educated black women’ to discuss today’s issues, Eboni said.   

According to network sources, the idea of bringing the RHONY star on full time has also allegedly been ruled out by ABC.

‘We have zero interest in hiring Eboni, because we want a real conservative, not someone who played one on Fox News for a minute,’ an ABC source told DailyMail.com. 

‘It’s highly likely that we’ll give the chair to Ana Navarro who has worked hard for it and is popular with the audience.’

The insider added that the notion of replacing their popular longtime host with Eboni ‘is a fantasy.’ 

A source close to Sunny said the co-host wasn’t familiar with the Real Housewife and only briefly came on her radar when she appeared on The View. 

‘They aren’t friends and Sunny can’t imagine they’d ever be colleagues,’ the insider said. 

An ABC spokesperson responded to the claims saying: ‘This is absolutely not true. Sunny’s knowledge, expertise, and passion are integral to the success of our panel.

‘Our plans to find a replacement for the conservative seat have not changed. We are taking a little time to fill that seat.’


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