Abby Huntsman danced her way back to The View hosting table, Friday, And fans of the talk show wondered why she’d even want to come back.
Huntsman left The View in January, 2020, six weeks before Covid-19 shut down the country. She quipped Friday that she planned her departure very well. In hindsight, it was a perfect logistical decision. Huntsman, who considers herself a moderate Republican, said then that she was leaving the show to help her father, Jon Huntsman, and his campaign for Utah governor.
But in the past few weeks, Huntsman has blasted The View. She said she needed to exit the talk show for her own “mental health.” She made these comments while speaking to the I Wish Somebody Told Me podcast.
“I knew (the show) did not reflect my values, when I say that I mean rewarding people for bad behavior,” Huntsman told the podcast. “At that time there were executives in charge and that I did feel that we were kind of players in that game. And it was about money and it was about ratings and the tabloids.”
There were also reports that Huntsman and Meghan McCain feuded behind the scenes. McCain left The View in August and criticized it for being a toxic place to work.
Huntsman said she decided to return to the show for a guest appearance because everyone who made her life miserable on the show was no longer there. The show is celebrating its 25th season by inviting former hosts to come back to the table every Friday.
“It’s fun to be back. I do miss so much of the show,” Huntsman said. “I’ve opened up more about why I left and when it happened. The problem with media today is it is so black and white. I’m a very nuanced person, as you guys know. My politics are nuanced, the way I live my life is more nuanced.”
Huntsman, a mother of three young kids, continued:
“My journey on the show wasn’t one extreme or the other. There were some tough days, and there were some executives here at the time and people here at the time who made too many of my days too difficult. All of them are gone. You guys lived a lot of that with me. I think all of them are gone.”
One fan posted on Twitter: “I’m shocked The View had Abby Huntsman back as a guest host when she basically echoed Meghan’s comments about The View being a toxic work environment.”
Others figured that Huntsman returned because McCain no longer is with the show. A fan tagged McCain in this tweet: “You know, Abby Huntsman is a conservative, a true conservative. She doesn’t trade off her father’s name. Maybe you should follow her example. Oh, wait….you could never be half the woman she is.”