‘The View’ Is Struggling to Replace Meghan McCain: Here’s Why

by Taylor Cunningham

The three longstanding co-hosts of The View are pressuring executive producer Brian Tenta to find a replacement for Meghan McCain immediately.

As reported by Politico, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Whoopi Goldberg are growing tired of the revolving door of conservative guest hosts who are introduced each week. And they’re demanding that ABC hires a permanent fixture.

Since The View’s previous republican voice—Meghan McCain—left the daytime talk show nearly five months ago, a long list of republicans has visited the stage. Temporary hosts such as Alyssa Farah, Condoleezza Rice, S.E. Cupp, Gretchen Carlson, and Mia Love have offered dissenting opinions over the months. But as of yet, no one has been offered a long-term gig.

“Right now, we still do need a really conservative voice,” Hostin told New York Magazine last month. “And we need someone that’s not duplicative of anyone else on the panel.”

Though the series has had no trouble finding guests hosts, it can’t seem to find someone who has all the qualifications it demands.

‘The View’ is Very Particular About Who it Will Hire

Sources have said that the current hosts are very particular about who they will hire on a full-time basis. The candidate must accept the 2020 election results and condone the events of January 6th. The perfect host also can’t have close ties to any public figures The View deems a “conspiracy theorist.”

However, the future host must be popular with mainstream republicans. And according to a previous guest who asked to remain unnamed, that’s stalling the hiring process. Because most mainstream republicans still support Donald Trump.

“The problem is that they bring people on under the mantle that this woman is a conservative, when they’re Never Trump. So they don’t represent the country,” she said.

But the hosts won’t budge on not hiring a Trump supporter. And to add another obstacle, the anti-Trump conservative can’t be too friendly with the current hosts. ABC’s market research suggests that viewers want to see the woman argue. That means the new hire must still have drastically different views.

“They are really looking for a unicorn,” a former The View staffer told Politico. “They want someone who is going to fight — but not too hard. Because they don’t want it to be ugly and bickering.”

But unfortunately, the show has a reputation for running true conservatives off the show. And that has made a lot of recruits hesitant to join the panel, including libertarian Kat Timpf.

So despite the urgency to fill the role, the show will continue to audition guests until it can find a perfect match.

“Our plans are on track as we continue to look for the right person to join our panel of smart, dynamic women,” said a spokesperson. “We look forward to welcoming guest co-hosts for return appearances and introducing new names into the mix in the new year.”