Meghan McCain Announces Exit From ‘The View’ – Viewers React

Meghan McCain on The View (Credit: ABC)

After nearly four years on The View, Meghan McCain says she’s leaving the ABC daytime talk show.

The conservative co-host made the announcement on-air, during Thursday’s show.

“I am just going to rip the Band-aid off. I am here to tell all of you, my wonderful co-hosts, and the viewers at home that this is going to be my last season at The View,” she said. “It’s not easy to leave, but I feel like this is the right decision for me at the moment.”

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McCain, 36, and her husband welcomed their first child last year. She cited personal concerns, such as wanting to stay with her family and friends in Washington D.C., as well as professional reasons for deciding to leave the New York-based show.

According to the Daily Mail, which was the first outlet to report on her exit, McCain still had two years left on her contract and did not tell her co-hosts she planned to leave at the end of the month.

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For years now, viewers have been calling for ABC to replace the outspoken co-host, but the show has been on a ratings victory and ABC kept her on the panel. In fact, sources at the show told the Daily Mail ABC tried to convince McCain to stay.

“We have tried to keep her, but she is adamant that now is the right time for her to leave,” the individual said.

As news spread about McCain’s exit, many social media users expressed relief.

@Clockoutwars tweeted: “Meghan McCain is leaving ‘The View.’ Whoopi Goldberg is having Belgian waffles and mimosas for breakfast today. #TheView”

@ImSpeaking13 tweeted: “I give it an hour before Meghan McCain’s been hired by Fox News.”

Actress Nancy Lee Grahn tweeted: “Nice of my favorite network to allow #MeghanMcCain to voluntarily leave #TheView. Looking forward to watching it again without needing to down an extra strength Tylenol with a tequila chaser. Congrats to all of us.”
@chris_notcapn tweeted: “I’m SCREAMING at Meghan McCain getting the boot just MONTHS after a Black woman took over the network.”

@plainviewsue tweeted: “Thank you #meghanmccain !!!!! Go enjoy your baby. Now it’ll be easier to enjoy #TheView !!!”