Thursday’s Stormy warning has been canceled.
ABC reps tell us they’d still like to have porn star Stormy Daniels on “The View,” even though they say she abruptly nixed her scheduled Thursday visit to the show.
Daniels, who reportedly slept with President Trump in 2006, then allegedly took a 2016 payoff to remain silent about it, was supposed to have visited with the panel of the popular ABC talk show. They would likely have pressed her on the alleged affair, which an attorney has denied on Daniels’ behalf. She successfully avoided talking about the claims on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday.
But Kimmel did bring up comments made by frequent “View” guest and Daily News contributor S.E. Cupp, in which Cupp claimed last week that booking Daniels on TV shows and embarrassing the President was unfair to conservatives. The next morning, Daniels’ upcoming visit to “The View” was suddenly called off.
Cupp, a conservative columnist, had previously told her co-hosts she found it unfair Daniels, whose scandal involves the current President, gets more attention than Monica Lewinsky, who had a fling with then-President Bill Clinton 20 years ago.
“Stormy Daniels, she’s cleaning up. She’s making a ton of money. Her career is revived. She’s just playing the hand she was dealt. No problem there,” Cupp said on “The View.”
“What bothers me, though, in giving her this platform — you know, Monica Lewinsky was also caught having an affair with the President. Jimmy Kimmel needs to have (her) on his show if he expects us to watch an interview with Stormy Daniels and take it seriously,” Cupp said.
Kimmel, on his ABC program, responded by showing clips from three different shows in which he’s had Lewinsky on as a guest.
On Wednesday’s show, “The View” hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain defended Cupp.
“Stormy Daniels was supposed to be coming on ‘The View’ — we’re not sure that that’s happening anymore,” Goldberg said. “She gave her opinion and that’s what the show is — we give our opinion.”
Goldberg added: “You can’t really say you’re not going to come on because of that.”
McCain, who called Cupp one of her best friends, said she too would like to see Lewinsky on the show “in the lens of the #MeToo movement.”
Goldberg added she doesn’t “personally care” if Daniels is booked at a later date.
“She is welcome at The View, but at this time her appearance has not been rescheduled,” according to an ABC rep.
With Brian Niemietz