*Amid rumors of Whoopi Goldberg leaving “The View,” the Daily Mail Online is reporting that the comedian has actually signed on to return for Season 20 – but for half her previous salary.
According to the website, Goldberg’s four-year $5 million-a-year contract expires this year. She reportedly signed a new one-season deal to stay on, but for $2.5 million.
A source close to the show says the plan is to have the 60-year-old comedian remain on her four-day work schedule, leaving the live Friday broadcasts for Joy Behar to continue moderating. Goldberg also doesn’t participate in “The View’s” post-show live stream three times a week, which is also moderated by Behar.
The deal also allows Whoopi to take off time for guest appearances on other TV shows and to film movie roles.
According to the Daily Mail, “The View” has also signed up former CNN legal contributor Sunny Hostin for Season 20. ABC News grabbed Hostin once her CNN contract was up in February and signed her to the company as a Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst.
Hostin, who has been a regular presence on “The View” since ABC signed her, will become a full-time presence on the talk show starting in September, according to the website.