Abby Huntsman Joins ‘The View’ as Co-Host
Abby Huntsman is joining “The View” as co-host for its upcoming 22nd season.
Huntsman will join moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain. She comes from Fox News, where she most recently served as co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
“I couldn’t be more be excited to return to my professional roots at ABC News,” said Huntsman, who began her journalism career at ABC. “I look forward to adding my own point of view to the most interesting and successful talk show on television today. Joining the women at ‘’ really is a dream come true.”
Senior executive producer Hilary Estey McLoughlin was also excited to welcome Huntsman to the show, saying, “She brings her unique life and professional experiences and has a smart, relatable and distinctive point of view on everything from pop culture to politics to parenthood. We can’t wait to return to the Hot Topics table with Abby joining our panel of incredibly talented women whose diverse voices have always played a significant role in the national conversation.”
The 22nd season of the talk show that dives into politics, pop culture, celebrity interviews and news premieres Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. on ABC. It also marks Behar’s 20th season on the show.
The first month of the 22nd season will include guests such as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor; former Secretary of State John Kerry; Senator Charles Schumer; Stormy Daniels; Wendy Williams; actors such as Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, Ricky Gervais, Taraji P. Henson, Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T; Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, and Academy Award winners Emma Thompson, Sally Field and Jane Fonda.
The View moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman were back at the Hot Topics table today, putting an end to summer-long speculation that one or another of the women would be taking a hike.
McCain, in particular, had been the subject of the will-she-or-won’t-she rumors, especially after she revealed in July that she’d secretly suffered a miscarriage last season. In a New York Times op-ed piece, the daughter of John McCain wrote that confirmation of the miscarriage came “at the worst possible time,” just before the show’s photo shoot.
“I look back at those pictures now, and I see a woman hiding her shock and sorrow,” McCain wrote. “I am posed for the camera, looking stern and strong, representing my fellow conservative women across the country. But inside, I am dying. Inside, my baby is dying.”
Rumors of McCain’s commitment to the daily afternoon talk show was questioned publicly after she took a brief, unexplained hiatus to mourn the end of her pregnancy.
McCain wasted no time stirring a ruckus, returning to her usual defensive stance — this time on the subject of proposed assault weapon bans. “If you’re going to be a gun-grabber you won’t get my vote,” she said.
Watch a clip of the exchange below.
The discussion followed the latest in a summer-long series of mass shootings, most recently this weekend in Odessa, Texas, where seven people died. McCain soon accused the other co-hosts of “virtue signaling” while she endorsed the AR-15 as “by far the most popular gun in America.”
“I was just in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming,” McCain said. “If you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”
When Behar pointed out that people lived with an AR-15 ban “for many years” under the Clinton administration, McCain said: “I’m not living without guns. It’s just that simple.”
At one point during the discussion, McCain rolled her eyes and said to herself, “All right, welcome back.” She also attempted to define “assault weapons” as “any gun other than a musket.”
Even former Fox Newser Abby Huntsman, returning to the show after time off last season before giving birth to twins in June, wasn’t on board with fellow conservative McCain.
“If nothing is going to happen after Sandy Hook,” Huntsman said, “I don’t know what it’s going to take.”
McCain’s comments were greeted on Twitter with expected disdain. Shannon Watts, founder of the anti-gun violence group Moms Demand Action, tweeted McCain’s quote about violence, with the hashtag “#walmart.”
To which former View co-host Rosie O’Donnell added about McCain, “hard to watch.”
hard to watch
— ROSIE (@Rosie) September 3, 2019
With the table at full capacity today, last season’s frequent fill-in co-host Ana Navarro was announced as a continuing Friday co-host (Goldberg typically takes Friday off).
“There is something about this particular group of women at this particular moment in our country that has touched a nerve and made The View resonate like never before,” said executive producer Brian Teta. “No matter what your point of view, you’ll find someone who represents it passionately, fighting for you at The View table.”
Among the upcoming guests announced for Season 23’s first month are Sen. Bernie Sanders; former astronaut Mark Kelly, who is running for John McCain’s Senate seat; Jennifer Lopez; Kim Kardashian West; Rapper Rick Ross; Pamela Anderson; Wendy Williams; Gwen Stefani; Chef Bobby Flay; Keke Palmer; the cast of Downton Abbey; authors Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Malcolm Gladwell; and original View moderator Meredith Vieira.
Hilary Estey McLoughlin serves as senior executive producer with Candi Carter and Brian Teta as executive producers. The View is directed by Sarah de la O.
Here’s the video of today’s discussion on guns. McCain’s portion starts at the 1:50 mark.
‘The View’ to Reunite All Past, Present Co-Hosts
As part of The View’s weeklong farewell to Barbara Walters, the ABC daytime show will reunite all 11 of its past and present co-hosts on Thursday, May 15.
This will be the first time ever all 11 women will share the same stage and could include some fireworks, given that it will involve the reunion of former adversaries Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
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Other former co-hosts attending include Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos and Lisa Ling.
Current panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will also be on hand.
The event is part of the show’s weeklong farewell to creator Barbara Walters, who’s set to make her final appearance as co-host on Friday, May 16, the same day ABC News’ New York broadcast headquarters will be re-named The Barbara Walters Building.
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Walters, who is the last remaining co-host from the original panel established in 1997, will continue to serve as executive producer for The View and will be a lifetime member of ABC News, contributing as news warrants.
“Barbara Walters’ status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable,” said ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee in a statement. “By creating a talk show panel with multiple hosts she changed the daytime landscape with a concept that is now widely emulated. It’s a true testament to her legacy. We are grateful to her and recognize her enormous contribution to ABC Entertainment and the indelible mark she has left on television.”