Meghan McCain quit The View earlier this week. And already, another co-host is hoping the show gets more of the same.
The same as in another host who shares McCain’s conservative view of the world. When legendary journalist Barbara Walters created The View in 1997, she wanted the hosts to be of different ages and viewpoints.
TMZ did a quick street interview with Sara Haines, one of The View hosts, after McCain made her surprise announcement about leaving the show after four years. The TMZ reporter asked Haines if the show should get a conservative. Haines nodded yes.
“I would hope there would be someone,” Haines said. “You want someone representing different views. She stands a lone as one voice we need to get representation.”
Haines, a former journalist, considers herself a Middle America moderate. The others on The View lean left, including Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar. Goldberg is an award-winning actress. Behar is a comedian. And Hostin is a lawyer and writer.
Haines said McCain left for a reason created by the Covid-19 pandemic. During the lockdown, she moved in with her husband, Ben Domenech, in Washington, D.C. Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, a conservative website.
“I think it’s the perfect time,” Haines said of McCain’s departure from The View. “She doesn’t even live here. She’s out in D.C., and she has a new baby. The pandemic has made us all reassess what matters. That’s really what it is.”
So, Who Might ‘The View’ Choose to Replace McCain?
McCain will be on the show through July. Then The View hosts take a break through August. A new season typically starts the Tuesday after Labor Day. So there is time to find a new panelists before the next season kicks off.
There already are names circulating who could replace McCain. Maybe The View makes Ana Navarro a full-time host. Navarro is a part-time host and former Republican operative. She lives in Miami and has advised the campaigns of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Navarro is funny and quick-witted and never adheres to campaign talking points. But she also is a vocal anti-Trumper.
CNN analyst S.E. Cupp also may be considered. She is a close friend of McCain’s. She’s smart, friendly and respectful. And, The View considered her in 2014.
Maybe The View reaches back for the familiar and checks to see if former hosts may want to return. Jedediah Bila recently left Fox News. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her husband moved to Nashville after Hasselbeck left Fox and Friends. And Abby Huntsman is available. She left The View to work on her father’s campaign for Utah governor. She’s also close friends with McCain.
Haines said McCain left The View on good terms with the other women.
“Oh, my gosh, we were just texting this morning,” Haines said. “We’re talking about if she ever comes to New York, if she ever has to, we’re doing shots to celebrate. She’s a shots girl. “