Meghan McCain reportedly departing ‘The View’ despite having two years left on deal
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The Daily Mail was first to break the news that McCain is set to announce her departure on the July 1, 2021, show. The report also notes that her co-hosts had not been informed of the move prior to publication of the article.
ABC has reportedly tried to keep her, according to a Daily Mail source, and she still has two years left on her current contract. However, the co-host reportedly feels now is the time for her to leave.
McCain, who is the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, has come to head with her more liberal co-hosts, particularly Joy Behar.
Ana Navarro, who is a registered Republican, would sometimes side with the younger McCain’s in on air debates, but she isn’t a full time co-host.
Of the show’s other co-hosts, moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Behar are outspoken liberals on most issues. Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines, who round out the table, tend to speak out against McCain’s more conservative points.
This has, at times, made it seem like McCain was being “ganged up” on by the rest of the co-hosts and reportedly has caused behind the scenes drama.
In many ways, McCain has been left to fend for herself since the departures of Jedediah Bila, a self described Libertarian, and conservatives Candace Cameron Bure and Abby Huntsman, departed the show.
McCain also has a one year old daughter, Liberty, and could be looking to spend more time at home.
At times, McCain would speak out against fellow Republicans, namely Donald Trump and his administration, especially when he attacked her father, who was a war veteran and POW.
“The View,” which is produced by ABC News, has a long history of near host shuffling, on air arguments, walk offs and off air drama. The show is in its 24th season.
Behar is the only member of the original panel to remain, though she departed the show for two seasons following Season 16.