Monica Lewinsky is not joining 'The View': 'This is obviously not happening'
While Monica Lewinsky may seem like a strong candidate to replace Rosie O'Donnell on The View, a rep for the former White House intern tells Entertainment Tonight that this is not the case.
"This is obviously not happening," Lewinsky's spokesperson told ET of speculation that she's in talks to join the daytime talk show. There have been no conversations with ABC about a possible hosting position on The View, the rep added.
This isn't to say she won't ever make an appearance. ABC confirms to ET that she has been invited to be a guest on the show and talk about her anti-bullying efforts.
Talks of her joining The View surfaced after a Daily Mail source claimed Barbara Walters was interested in bringing Lewinsky on to replace O'Donnell, who abruptly quit the show earlier this year due to personal matters.
While Lewinsky, 41, doesn't seem up to addressing "Hot Topics" in a daytime talk show forum, she has returned to the spotlight this year -- but only very selective and in appearances where she can control the narrative. In addition to attending Vanity Fair's high-profile Oscars party this past February, Lewinsky also participated in a 22-minute long TED talk where she referred to herself as one of the first victims of cyber-bullying.
"I went from being a private figure to being a publicly humiliated one worldwide. There were mobs of virtual stone-throwers," she said, making reference to the public shaming she received during the 1998 sex scandal with President Bill Clinton.
In May 2013, Lewinsky also spoke out in a candid interview with Vanity Fair about her affair with the former president that resulted in his impeachment by the House of Representatives and acquittal from the Senate saying, "I am determined to have a different ending to my story," she said. "I've decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past."
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