Examining Symoné and Lemon’s recent string of controversial comments, the site points out that while folks are campaigning for their dismissal, the pair will ultimately end up still attached to their respective networks and shows, ABC’s “The View” and “CNN Tonight” on CNN.
“Why? Because of ratings of course,” Shadow and Act expressed as it referenced “The View’s” surge in ratings with Symoné as part of its panel. “You may hate her, but she’s the smartest move that the producers on “The View” have made in a long time. As of last month, “The View,” according to TV by Numbers, posted its largest total in viewers and women 25-54 in over 8 months, beating CBS’ “The Talk,” which had been topping “The View” for almost a year.
Since her arrival on “The View,” Symoné has generated headlines for her opinions on the show’s hot topics. Most recently, she caught major criticism for stating that she would not hire black people with ghetto names, in addition to seeming to support the violent treatment given to a Spring Valley High School student by a South Carolina resource officer.
“’The View’ needed Raven-Symoné because she is controversial (or it could be some sort of bizarre art performance or experiment) which means she’ll bring in viewers,” Shadow and Act noted while citing a report it did about Symoné in May. “People naturally gravitate towards controversy, said Sergio, the author of the article. “And the producers on the show knew exactly, in advance what they were getting with her. She’s no accident. They were not going to pick anyone who was safe and conventional. They intentionally wanted someone who would get people riled up.
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