Dead Women Walking

This morning was the first show for 'The View" after news broke that Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd we're getting the axe. 

The discussion about her and Shepherd's departures in August when their contracts expire began when fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg cut straight to the chase.

"We're sitting here, and there's a giant neon pink gorilla in the room," she began. "We're going to deal with it."

"We're staying!," McCarthy told the audience. after the applause died down, McCarthy, fessed up that the rumors were factual.

"Actually, it is true," she said about leaving the show she joined in September. "But I love the support."

Shepherd's exit speech was a bit more emotional than McCarthy's.

"A lot of producers have known since the spring that I didn't intend to return after my contract ends in August," she said.

The 47-year-old TV personality made headlines in early May when she split from her husband of three years, Lamar Sally.

"I didn't want to discuss anything in my personal life because I didn't want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and her (retirement) celebration in May," Shepherd added Monday.

"You know I'm a woman of faith, and seven is the number of God's completion," she said, alluding to the amount of years she's been on the ABC daytime talk show.

"I've been here seven years, and my time with 'The View' is complete," Shepherd continued. "I'm going to forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and (producer) Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and making me learn things, helping me step out of my comfort zone. They gave me a chance."

She went on to thank past co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar, saying, "you are my sister," before adding, "Whoopi Goldberg, she's always had my back."

H/T NY Daily News