Julie Chen says "The View" shouldn't have hired Jenny McCarthy.

OMG. OHHHH, girl. It's ON!

According to E! News, Chen and Sharon Osbourne from "The Talk" appeared on Howard Stern's radio show Wednesday and talked about the recent hiring of Jenny McCarthy on "The View," which happens to be a similar show on a rival network.

The website reported that when asked whether it was a mistake for ABC to hire McCarthy after Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck departed, Chen didn't hold back.

"Yes," the 43-year-old talk show host. "Because what made 'The View' so popular and so good was that it was five different women -- from five different walks of life -- discussing politics."

Chen said the daytime talk show's format has simply changed too much.

"What put them on the map and made them good and famous, they don't do that anymore," she said. "No one wants to hear Jenny McCarthy talk about the New York mayoral race or politics. They don't. That's not what you put Jenny McCarthy on for."

I would -- depending on what she's wearing.

Sorry. That was a joke. I never notice what Jenny McCarthy isn't... I mean is, wearing.

"The View" now features co-hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and McCarthy. But Chen says the ABC series, which has aired since 1997, needs new direction.


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"And when Joy left and when Elisabeth left and they got Jenny in, I think they were trying to lighten the mood at the table -- more gossip, more fun, more laughs ... what happened was, in my opinion, "The View" doesn't know what it is now," she said.

Chen did call McCarthy both "beautiful and talented," and even said the former Playboy model would be better suited for "The Talk," where they don't talk politics.

When Stern suggested Chen's remarks would likely catch the media's attention, she said, "I'm not telling ABC anything they're not wondering themselves."

E! reported that Osbourne, who made headlines last month for saying the ladies of "The View can go "(expletive) themselves," although she later apologized for her "irreverent" behavior, agreed with Chen.

"They knew what their path was ... you knew what to expect," Osbourne said. "You watched it for their different opinions and now it's kind of all over the place. It's not one or the other."

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