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‘The View’ is shrinking

Sherri Shepherd said Thursday she’s leaving ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” after seven years, and there were unconfirmed reports that fellow co-host Jenny McCarthy was out as well.

In a statement, Shepherd said that after “careful consideration” she has decided it’s time to move on. She said she’s looking forward to business opportunities ahead.

According to a person familiar with the situation, Shepherd was negotiating a new contract, and she and ABC failed to reach an agreement. TMZ reported on its website that McCarthy was also leaving, along with Bill Geddie, the show’s executive producer. That report could not be confirmed Thursday.

The popular daytime program recently said farewell to its founding host, Barbara Walters, who retired. Another co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, is apparently staying with the program.

Meyer returning to radio

Brian Meyer, a radio veteran who has worked at The Buffalo News since 1997, most recently as a digital media producer, has been named news director at WBFO-FM 88.7, the local NPR station.

Meyer worked as the managing editor at WBEN before joining The News 17 years ago. He covered City Hall before working part time as a video producer.

“Despite having been at The News since 1997, Brian is a radio legend in Western New York, thanks to his first career at WBEN,” said News Editor and Vice President Mike Connelly. “Brian has an exhaustive knowledge of the city. ... We will miss him.”

A graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Marquette University, Meyer was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2010 and has received the “General Excellence of Individual Reporting” award from the Associated Press and Buffalo Business First’s “40 Under Forty” award.

“We’re thrilled to have Brian join the team at WBFO-FM 88.7,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED and WBFO president and CEO. “He brings a tremendous amount of award-winning local journalism expertise to our newsroom, which will build an even more robust news service to our members and listeners.”

Meyer will begin his new position at WBFO on Sept. 22 and will be working in a consulting capacity with WBFO between July and September.

Collins donates Alamo trove

Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins sure does.

The British 1980s music icon was at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in downtown San Antonio on Thursday, announcing the donation of his collection of related artifacts – one so vast it’s considered the world’s largest such private collection.

Collins, the 63-year-old Genesis singer-drummer, joked he’d spent “all the money that I made from music” on 200-plus pieces related to the battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans.

He said he wanted to ensure the collection was better-cared-for in the future.

Collins has been an Alamo aficionado since growing up in London and watching actor Fess Parker portray Davy Crockett in a 1950s Disney miniseries.

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