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Will Every ‘The View’ Co-Host Return for the Next Season?

If you watched The View in the last week of July, you caught what was the end of a very eventful Season 22. Along the way, viewers witnessed Joy Behar shut down Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman join the show before leaving to give birth, and Sunny Hostin find herself in multiple feuds.

That’s not even to mention Whoopi Goldberg, the show’s moderator and spiritual leader. Early in 2019, Whoopi stared death in the face during a grueling bout with pneumonia (plus sepsis).

While Whoopi pulled through, fans of The View may not have realized how close the show came to its de facto end. As the gatekeeper and one indispensable cast-member of The View, Whoopi’s departure would likely have had consequences for the institution itself.

So that will cause many to wonder what exactly the cast will look like when the show returns from its summer hiatus. According to ABC, there won’t be any new faces — and all the familiar ones will return.

ABC: Fans can expect all ‘View’ co-hosts back for Season 23.

The cast of ‘The View’ in July 2019 | Jenny Anderson/Walt Disney television via Getty Images

When we describe The View as an institution, it’s hardly an exaggeration. The show is about to launch into its 23rd season on ABC. Certainly, there have been bumpy moments along the way, but every fall fans have found the chairs filled with ladies they want to hear speak.

That won’t change heading into 2020. According to ABC, the entire roster will return to service. “The co-hosts and The View have had an incredible season and we expect them all back for an epic year ahead,” the network said in a statement in July.

Of course, ABC’s press shop did not release that statement unprompted. At the time, rumors were swirling that an unhappy McCain was set to leave The View.

For those who’ve followed the drama at the show over the years, you can take that statement for what it’s worth. When Elizabeth Hasselbeck got the ax years ago, viewers watched Barbara Walters lie about the situation on the air. So, to quote Chuck Berry, it goes to show you never can tell.

‘View’ insiders see Joy and Whoopi sticking around through the 2020 election.

Kamala Harris appears on ABC’s “The View” on July 12, 2019. | Jenny Anderson/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

While The View attracts an audience hoping to see fireworks every day, plenty of viewers come for the discussions about politics. As you can see from the steady parade of 2020 hopefuls, the show matters in the political sphere.

With that in mind, it wouldn’t be the same if Joy and Whoopi didn’t hang around through the 2020 election. Ramin Setoodeh, who wrote the wildly entertaining Ladies Who Punch about the show, said his reporting indicated both mainstays would be aboard through the next year.

Obviously, all that can change in a heartbeat. Whether it’s a health scare, boredom, or unhappiness with any of the co-hosts, you can’t predict these things. But for now, everyone is maintaining all five (including Abby Huntsman) will be back for Season 23.

Also see: Here’s How Long ‘The View’ Will Be on Summer Hiatus

ABC has broken big news regarding which of its panel of hosts will be returning for Season 23 of the daytime talk show, which was cited by The New York Times as “The Most Important Political TV Show in America” in a recent feature article.

The announcement came after claims of unhappiness on the part of Meghan McCain, who has been the conservative mouthpiece for the show since 2016.

USA Today reported that a spokesperson for the network remarked, “The co-hosts and The View have had an incredible season and we expect them all back for an epic year ahead.”

This statement came after it was reported by CNN that, after two years, an emotionally exhausted McCain was considering not renewing her contract with the show. During her two seasons on the series, McCain has born the brunt of the backlash against the current Republican administration, despite not being a fan of President Donald Trump herself. McCain remains a conservative, but believes the Republican party can do better in the day-to-day running of government than the current administration is performing.

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It will be one year ago this August that McCain lost her father, Arizona Senator John McCain, to brain cancer. She has spoken openly on the series and on social media about how she continues to mourn the loss.

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CNN reported that two people familiar with the matter, one of whom is a friend of McCain and asked for anonymity, told the network that McCain “doesn’t think it’s worth it anymore.”

McCain has dropped several roundabout hints during the past few weeks on the series that she is unhappy taking a stand on The View as its sole conservative since Abby Huntsman went on maternity leave.

During an on-camera exchange with panelist Joy Behar in June, McCain stated, “It’s not a fun job for me every day… being the sacrificial Republican.” She then said to Behar, “I get that you’re angry that Trump’s president, like a lot of people are, but I don’t think yelling at me is gonna fix the problem.”

The Inquisitr previously reported that McCain had a meltdown on The View set after allegedly becoming upset during a commercial break, having mistook Willamette College of Law Professor Warren Binford for Sarah B. Fabian, a Justice Department lawyer.

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The Daily Mail reported that, after the on-air gaffe, McCain became upset and cursed at Brian Teta, the show’s executive producer. ABC News would later have McCain’s co-host Sunny Hostin deliver a legal note of clarity in the final segment, in which she identified both women by their proper names and roles, and explained that they were two different women and two different topics.

The View is hosted by McCain, Hostin and Behar, and moderated by Whoopi Goldberg.

The revolving door at The View might be spinning again very soon: Co-host Meghan McCain is allegedly considering leaving the ABC chatfest ahead of Season 23, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

McCain, who has served as a conservative voice on the dais since 2017, is said to be “feeling like a caged animal” at the daytime talker, according to one source, while another described her as “exhausted and defeated” after her two seasons on the show.

“It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week,” a third source told the site. “If she doesn’t stay at The View, she will find other work.”

Though McCain’s annual View salary is reportedly in the neighborhood of $1 million, her time on the show has been contentious, particularly when arguing with fellow co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin. During an April episode, McCain talked over Behar during a discussion of the immigration crisis, and when Behar pointed out that she had let McCain say her piece without interruption, McCain scoffed and fired back, “Yeah, well, part of your job is to listen to me.”

The moment drew significant criticism of McCain on social media and, according to The Daily Beast, she has felt “emotionally drained” over negative online coverage of her View gig.

But Hilary Estey McLoughlin, an executive producer on The View, told The Daily Beast that “I think does want to be there,” adding that “I feel like she will come back.”

“We don’t want people to attack Meghan. We’re happy to have Meghan there,” McLoughlin said. “She realizes it’s a very good platform for her and we love having her there… What happens with Meghan is that because she’s so passionate about what she’s talking about, and she feels very strongly that she’s carrying this mantle for the conservative perspective, and what she wants to talk about is so important to her, I think that’s the part that’s the most draining for her.”

A premiere date for Season 23 has yet to be announced. Your thoughts on a potential McCain exit? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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Abby Huntsman announces she’s leaving ‘The View’

‘The View’ co-host Abby Huntsman is exiting the popular daytime talk show, opting to join her father’s gubernatorial campaign in Utah.

ABC News’ “The View” co-host Abby Huntsman is exiting the popular daytime talk show, with her last day scheduled for Friday.

“This is always such a hard thing to do… but today I’m saying goodbye,” Huntsman said to open Monday’s show. “My No. 1 priority has always been my family.”

She said she will instead be helping her father, Jon Huntsman Jr., campaign for governor of Utah.

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“I couldn’t be more excited to help someone I love,” she said.

Fox News obtained a memo that the show’s executive producers sent to staff on Monday.

“We have some bittersweet news to share. Abby Huntsman is leaving The View to help run her father’s campaign for Governor of Utah and to spend more time with her young family. As you will see in her note below, she made the tough decision to move on over the holiday break,” producers wrote.

“From the moment Abby joined us a year and a half ago, we knew how important her big family is to her… When your father asks you to help run your campaign, it’s a hard one to say no to,” the producers added. “We thank Abby for her unique, intelligent, insightful and relatable voice that she brought to the show both in front of and behind the camera. We will truly miss her and her great spirit professionally and personally.”

Huntsman also sent a note to staffers, saying her time on the “iconic” show needed to come to an end in order to support her father.

Abby Huntsman announced she won’t be co-hosting “The View” alongside Joy Behar any longer. (Getty Images)

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“After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for Governor of Utah,” she wrote. “You know I think the world of all of you… ABC will always hold a special place in my heart, and so will all of you.”

Huntsman’s official title will be senior advisor of her father’s campaign. A source close to the situation told Fox News that the former Utah governor asked his daughter for help last November when he decided to run for his old job.

Jon Huntsman Jr. left the governorship in the middle of his second term in 2009 to serve as ambassador to China in the Obama administration. He recently finished a two-year stint as ambassador to Russia under President Trump, which ended when he decided to return to Utah last year.

His daughter’s departure from “The View” leaves fiery Meghan McCain as the show’s lone conservative voice.

“I am heartbroken you’re leaving,” McCain told Huntsman. “I’m so proud of you and I’m so happy for you.”

The panel asked Huntsman if she would return to the show after her father’s campaign, and she left the door open by saying ABC will “always be family.”

“You never know, life is funny that way,” she said.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

Friday marked Abby Huntsman’s last day on The View after being on the panel for two seasons. As previously revealed, Abby has decided to leave to help her father, Jon Huntsman Jr., run his campaign for the governor of Utah.

During her final episode, Abby gushed about how much she loved working on the ABC daytime TV show and with her co-stars Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain, and Sunny Hostin.

“This has been a dream come true, this has been an incredible job. I do love everyone at this table,” she explained. Moments later, she on added: “I have so much respect for everyone at this table and for everyone at this show.”

Who will replace Abby Huntsman on The View?

Now that Abby has said her last goodbyes, View-ers can’t help but wonder who may be taking her chair. While ABC has yet to make any official announcements, many online think they have a pretty good idea of who The View will ultimately choose to fill the vacancy.

Below are the internet’s top two guesses — or, at least, the two contenders that have the most vocal online support:

Ana Navarro-Cárdenas

Heidi Gutman

Immediately after Abby announced her departure, many took to Twitter to express their hope that ABC will make Ana full time. As fans of the show know already, Ana typically appears on Fridays only, unless she’s filling in for one of the other co-hosts during the rest of the week.

When she’s not on The View, she’s typically serving as a political commentator on CNN. Ana’s worked on Republican campaigns in the past (including John McCain’s in 2008), despite being a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.

Raise your hand if you think Ana Navarro should replace Abby Huntsman. ✋🏾 #TheView

— THDARDEN (@TTanishal) January 13, 2020

Oh, Abby Huntsman is leaving The View? Time to make Ana Navarro permanent.

— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) January 14, 2020

Emma Vigeland

Tasos Katopodis

Ana aside, there’s a growing number of posts with the hashtag #Emma4TheView out there, which demand that the ABC show hire this Rebel HQ correspondent and producer. Online, she’s described as having a “progressive voice.” Meanwhile, her Twitter bio reads, “Systemic corruption gave us Trump.”

@TheView Here’s a vote for @EmmaVigeland to replace Abby Huntsman on your show. #Progressives

— Ayn Rand’s last words (@MrCarlson5) January 17, 2020

@TheView please replace Abby Huntsman with Emma Vigeland. We need real progressives at the table for better discussions.

— Treta23 (@Superseijanman) January 15, 2020

It’s unclear at this point if ABC has taken note of the social campaign to get her on the show. For now, all we can do is wait to see if the internet is right!

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Abby Huntsman leaving ‘The View’ to join father’s gubernatorial campaign

ABC News’ “The View” co-host Abby Huntsman is exiting the popular daytime talk show, with her last day scheduled for Friday.

“This is always such a hard thing to do… but today I’m saying goodbye,” Huntsman said to open Monday’s show. “My No. 1 priority has always been my family.”

She said she will instead be helping her father, Jon Huntsman Jr., campaign for governor of Utah.

“I couldn’t be more excited to help someone I love,” she said.

Fox News obtained a memo that the show’s executive producers sent to staff on Monday.

“We have some bittersweet news to share. Abby Huntsman is leaving ‘The View’ to help run her father’s campaign for Governor of Utah and to spend more time with her young family. As you will see in her note below, she made the tough decision to move on over the holiday break,” producers wrote.

“From the moment Abby joined us a year and a half ago, we knew how important her big family is to her. Isabel charmed us each time she came to the show and we shared Abby’s journey as she welcomed her twins, William and Ruby. Her dedication to family is what is launching Abby’s next exciting chapter. When your father asks you to help run your campaign, it’s a hard one to say no to,” the producers added. “We thank Abby for her unique, intelligent, insightful and relatable voice that she brought to the show both in front of and behind the camera. We will truly miss her and her great spirit professionally and personally.”

Huntsman also sent a note to staffers, saying her time on the “iconic” show needed to come to an end in order to support her father.

“After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for Governor of Utah,” she wrote. “You know I think the world of all of you … ABC will always hold a special place in my heart, and so will all of you.”

Huntsman’s official title will be senior advisor for her father’s campaign. A source close to the situation told Fox News that the former Utah governor asked his daughter for help last November when he decided to run for his old job.

Jon Huntsman Jr. left the governorship in the middle of his second term in 2009 to serve as ambassador to China in the Obama administration. He recently finished a two-year stint as ambassador to Russia under President Trump, which ended when he decided to return to Utah last year.

His daughter’s departure from “The View” leaves fiery Meghan McCain as the show’s lone conservative voice.

“I am heartbroken you’re leaving,” McCain told Huntsman.

The panel asked Huntsman if she would return to the show after her father’s campaign, and she left the door open by saying ABC will “always be family.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

‘The View’: Who Replaced Abby Huntsman?

Abby Huntsman quit The View coinciding with a week of rumors there was turmoil within the cast. The conservative co-host cited she was leaving to help her father run a political campaign. Fans that follow the ABC show daily have been curious to find out who will take the open seat. Following Huntsman’s departure, viewers have been able to see what the show looks like without her.

The cast of ‘The View’ | Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images

The View is down a host during the week following Huntsman leaving the show. After her departure, the daytime talker eliminated Huntsman from the intro. Now the only names that appear are Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain.

Fans were eager to see who will fill the seat for Huntsman but no other person has sat in for the mother of three. There have only been four co-hosts and ABC News has not announced an official replacement or guest co-host for now.

Why did Abby Huntsman quit?

Huntsman surprised fans when she announced she was leaving The View after only two seasons.

“After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for Governor of Utah,” Huntsman said.

Ahead of her announcement on-air, Huntsman released a statement confirming her exit from the daytime show.

“Family has always been my number one priority, and is where I need to be focused at this time,” she told People in a statement. “We are incredibly close and are there to support and help each other when it matters. It’s not often there is a political campaign that involves someone you love and believe in, but this is one of them.”

News of Huntsman leaving came as rumors around the show’s cast were rampant. On her last day, the conservative co-host debunked all the gossip around the program.

“People go nuts with rumors on this show and this week has been no exception,” Huntsman said during her farewell, “I just want to be as clear as I possibly can, this has been a dream come true, this has been an incredible job, I do love everyone at this table.”

Huntsman said she was thankful for her experience in the iconic political show.

“I just want to make it as clear as day, with everything that has been written about this place. I am leaving so thankful for all the new friends that I have here, for the friends I had before and still have and for the opportunity because this place has changed my life for the better,” Huntsman ended.

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Whoopi Goldberg gives a toast

Huntsman’s last day on The View was on Friday, January 17, when Goldberg was not scheduled to appear. A day before her last day, the Sister Act legend gave a toast to Huntsman dedicating kind words to her.

“I wanted to make sure that I got to do a little toast to you at our table,” Goldberg said with champagne in hand. “I want to tell you that it’s been an honor and a pleasure sitting next to you and whatever you’re doing next, traveling, deal with the kids –I can’t wait to see the kids when they’re a little bit older– and looking out for your dad… It’s going to be real interesting and we’ll be watching. We’ll keep our eye out on you.”

“Thank you for being my guardian angel here, you have been,” Huntsman replied.

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NEW YORK, NY—In a move designed to finally give an on-air voice to the nation’s conservative Christians, producers of popular morning talk show The View confirmed Monday the addition of preacher and author John MacArthur to the show.

In internal test footage, MacArthur reportedly held his own against the flurry of conversation coming from the other co-hosts, dryly responding to his fellow cast members’ arguments with a barrage of Bible verses and blunt truths from the Word of God.

“Wrong,” MacArthur said flatly as Joy Behar began a rant in support of abortion. “Abortion is an abomination, and you’ll be accountable to your Creator one day for your explicit support of the murdering of the unborn.”

“Because of these things the wrath of God is being revealed against the earth,” he said calmly before taking a sip of coffee as the stunned co-hosts looked on in horror.

In one heated debate over same-sex marriage, MacArthur simply looked at the camera and smirked, allowing the left-leaning hosts to simply self implode on the “obvious inconsistency of their own argumentation.”

MacArthur even reportedly let his emotions get the best of him during a discussion on transgender bathrooms in public schools, raising an eyebrow for the first time during the taping, an outburst for which he later apologized.

“MacArthur has rated very highly among our demographic for his calm, stoic demeanor and his ability to put the rest of the cast in their place at long last,” one ABC producer said. “We look forward to his valuable input over the coming season.”

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This Former Co-Host of ‘The View’ Says She Started ‘On The Wrong Foot’ With Whoopi Goldberg

ABC’s The View is once again in search of a new co-host. With the recent departure of conservative voice Abby Huntsman, viewers are expecting her replacement to be someone who falls within the same political party lines.

This former co-host of the daytime talk show also leaned to the right politically and found herself at odds with moderator Whoopi Goldberg when she first began her time at the table.

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A ‘Survivor’ on ‘The View’

Elisabeth Hasselbeck was well known for her stint on CBS’ legendary reality show Survivor in Season 2. Finishing in fourth place, Hasselbeck clearly made her mark on the airwaves and was later hired by show creator Barbara Walters to take a permanent seat on The View in 2003.

After 10 years of co-hosting the daytime talk show, Hasselbeck was informed that her contract would not be renewed. “They said the show would be going in a less political direction, and that I could leave that day or the next day or stay for the remainder of this current season — but, come September, they were replacing me,” she wrote in her 2019 book “Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom” of the visit she received from ABC brass.

“I could not breathe — literally, could not breathe,” she shared, adding that she “asked permission” to retrieve her inhaler. “I was bent over — shock, asthma and betrayal all stealing my wind.”

Hasselbeck revealed she spent approximately 90 minutes “just sobbing” from the news. “Feeling a dose of betrayal and a whopper of confusion, I felt like the walls of the building were folding in on me,” she wrote, according to Entertainment Tonight. With the help of Walters, Hasselbeck secured a job on Fox News’ Fox & Friends and left The View in July 2013.

Rocky road to friendship

Goldberg took over the moderator’s chair on The View in 2007. A vocal liberal, the EGOT winner and conservative Hasselbeck didn’t exactly mesh at first, yet they found their way to becoming friends.

“She and I started off our friendship on the wrong foot,” Hasselbeck said of Goldberg. “We approached each other like two stranger dogs at the park — circling, then a little biting, and then… forever friends.”

The former View co-host expressed deep affection for Goldberg in her book, despite their political differences. “I love Whoopi Goldberg. That shocks many people. Apparently, people are not supposed to love someone who thinks differently than they do,” she wrote. “What began as enemy status by the world’s standards became a life-long friendship because what Whoopi and I know is that life is about people, not politics… She was strong in her positions, but did not expect me to change mine.”

In a recent visit to the show, Hasselbeck continued to vocalize her admiration for Goldberg and appreciation for their bond. “Whoopi and I don’t think the same about a lot of things, but we love the same and that’s good,” she gushed. “We should be able to hold our beliefs, which we have a right to, thank God, and hold the hands of our friends.”

Getting asked back to the table

Hasselbeck also revealed that six years after her exit, the daytime talk show came calling again. While it was tempting to give a snarky response to the offer of returning to the table, the former View star shared that she was no longer bitter.

— The View (@TheView) March 26, 2019

“I would have anticipated my response to be ‘Nice try, I’m busy now’ and hanging up the phone. But God had changed my heart over the years,” she said. “He allowed me to leave well enough, to heal well enough, and to hear that call as an invitation in my right-now grace instead of my back then resentment.”

The former Survivor contestant mulled over the idea but eventually turned it down. “I decided to pray about the offer and talk to Tim. Making sure I could hear God’s direction was more important than anything else,” Hasselbeck shared. “Through prayer, peace about the decision came. And with that, I also felt thankful that they asked me back.”

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