‘The View’: Amid Abby Huntman’s Departure, Here’s Every Conservative Co-Host on the Show So Far And Why They Left

by Jeremy Spirogis
Abby Huntsman

ABC’s all-female daytime discuss present The View has definitely had a revolving door of co-hosts for a number of years. But no spot appears to be extra contentious and controversial than the one or two positions for a conservative View host every season. Outspoken Republican co-host Meghan McCain, who joined the present in 2017, has repeatedly steered that the conservative co-host place is usually a nerve-wracking one. 

Most just lately, journalist Abby Huntsman introduced she was leaving The View after two seasons to serve on her father Jon Huntsman Jr.’s Utah gubernatorial marketing campaign employees in 2020. While Huntsman insists there’s no unhealthy blood with McCain or another co-hosts and says the job was a “dream,” it’s clear the present is usually a strain cooker surroundings for a lot of.

Here’s the whole record of each conservative co-host on The View to this point, in addition to their tenure on the present and their causes for leaving. 

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck joined The View because the present’s most conservative co-host so far in 2003, changing Lisa Ling. The former Survivor contestant was a religious Catholic and continuously sparred with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, and Rosie O’Donnell particularly. 

Hasselbeck obtained into two particularly memorable fights on The View throughout her decade on the present. She threatened to give up the present in 2006, offended that Walters had “reprimanded” her on air throughout an argument in regards to the ethics of the morning-after capsule.

In one other, she and Rosie O’Donnell famously fought (with a split-screen setup, no much less) in regards to the War in Iraq. The unhealthy blood between the co-hosts was so excessive that it finally led to O’Donnell’s departure from the present. 

Hasselbeck claimed later in her e book that she was requested to go away the present in 2013, allegedly attributable to her robust political views. “I was bent over — shock, asthma and betrayal all stealing my wind,” she wrote of the firing. 

Candace Cameron Bure

Candace Cameron Bure, who first shot to fame in her function as D.J. Tanner on Full House, joined The View from 2015-2016 (Seasons 19 and 20) as one other conservative co-host. Bure’s religious evangelical Christian beliefs usually influenced her opinions on the present. However, she didn’t at all times seem snug with confrontations and didn’t appear to need to “get into it” with different co-hosts.

Bure introduced in Dec. 2016 that she could be leaving The View to ease the burden on her household, as her appearances on the present had pressured her to undertake a bicoastal way of life. She additionally needed to focus extra on her function in Netflix’s Fuller House and her many Hallmark Channel initiatives.

In an interview on The Wendy Williams Show after her departure, Bure mentioned she was joyful to be discussing “lighter topics.” 

“I don’t miss The View in any respect,” Bure mentioned. “I love being on talk shows, I love hosting talk shows, but that was a hard job every single day, talking politics.”

Paula Faris

Paula Faris, a journalist and Good Morning America weekend correspondent on the time, joined The View as a co-host concurrently Bure in 2015. Like Bure, Faris was a Christian conservative voice on the present. She continuously spoke about her religion as a co-host, however in contrast to Hasselbeck, she didn’t get into many heated political debates.

Faris left The View in Jul. 2018 to start a podcast all about her Christian religion, in addition to to maneuver on to a senior correspondent function at ABC News. Her fundamental motive for leaving, nonetheless, was her household. 

Faris instructed People on the time, “What kicked it off is that I had a really tough miscarriage. I feel like it was in that moment that really repositioned my priority compass and our family’s priority compass. I realized that my kids need me in the stands and on the sidelines, my husband and I need that time to reconnect.”

Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila was a little bit of a wild card within the politics division, figuring out as a right-leaning libertarian. The former Fox News commentator, who wrote about her conservative politics in her 2011 e book Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative, joined The View as a co-host in 2016, beginning in Season 20. 

As an unbiased, Bila usually sparred along with her extra liberal co-hosts, however she wasn’t as pushed by non secular beliefs or set Republican values as a few of her fellow conservative View hosts. 

Bila shocked viewers when she abruptly introduced in 2017 that she could be leaving the present instantly. 

The co-host gave a pleasant goodbye, saying warmly throughout her announcement, “What you don’t know about us, these ladies, we’re friends. Sunny’s texts, Sara, Whoopi, you’re my inspiration. Joy, when I need comedic relief, this is where I go.” 

Still, rumors unfold that Bila was really fired attributable to her less-popular libertarian beliefs, whereas others believed she was fired for criticizing Hillary Clinton throughout her visitor look on The View.

Meghan McCain

McCain, a political commentator for Fox and different networks in addition to the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona, joined The View in 2017. The staunchly conservative co-host has repeatedly said that she’s hoping to supply the form of outspoken Republican voice on the present that Hasselbeck embodied.

McCain shortly turned recognized for stepping into heated political debates along with her co-hosts, from a current argument with Goldberg (who instructed her on air, “Girl, stop talking”) to quite a few robust exchanges with Behar. As of 2020, although, McCain continues to be a co-host on the present, and he or she has repeatedly denied rumors of unhealthy blood between her co-hosts and herself.

Abby Huntsman

Huntsman, who previously labored for MSNBC’s The Cycle and as an project reporter for Fox & Friends Weekend, joined The View for Season 22 in 2018. After two seasons as a co-host, Huntsman introduced she could be leaving to work on her father’s upcoming marketing campaign in Utah as a senior advisor. 

The journalist’s final day on the present was in Jan. 2020. Although rumors abounded that Huntsman was pushed out due to troubles with co-host McCain, she vehemently denied that her exist was something apart from her selection. 

In a response to the rumors on the present, Huntsman declared on her final day at The View, “People go nuts with rumors on this show and this week has been no exception, but I just want to be as clear as I possibly can. This has been a dream come true. This has been an incredible job. And I do love everyone at this table.”

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