Overnight ratings indicated that 3.4 million people watched Whoopi Goldberg's controversial debut on The View on Tuesday. That compares with about 4.4 million who watched Rosie O'Donnell's debut on the ABC talk show a year ago. During the show, Goldberg appeared to defend NFL star Michael Vick, saying that his involvement in dog fighting reflected the culture in which he was raised. Meanwhile, rumors spread throughout the news media on Wednesday that Sherri Shepherd will be named a permanent new cast member of The View on Monday.