‘The View’ Producers Reportedly in No Rush to Replace Meghan McCain

by Josh Lanier

The View has been a game of musical chairs since it launched in 1997. But reports say producers aren’t in any hurry to fill Meghan McCain’s seat when she leaves later this month.

TMZ is reporting producers of The View are in no particular hurry to name a successor to McCain. The current plan, according to the gossip site, is the show will use a rotating set of guest hosts. This will give producers more time to choose a permanent replacement and see what kind of chemistry that guest host brings to the table. Though, TMZ added the show does plan to replace McCain with a Republican or conservative voice to keep the same political make-up of the show.

McCain announced earlier this month that she would leave the popular daytime talk show after four years at the end of July.

Apparently, ABC begged her to stay, but she had been planning her exit for some time, an anonymous source told Page Six recently. She said she wanted to spend more time with her family.

“She’s been wanting to get out, especially since she now lives in the DC area with her family. She doesn’t want to come back to New York and be a part of that show. She’s been miserable since she started,” the source said.

ABC even was willing to make major concessions to keep her on The View, the source said. But McCain had made up her mind.

“No — I’m done! I’m not staying anymore,’” the source continued. “ [They] even offered a contributor role on ABC News, which she turned down. She’s just had enough. She doesn’t need it anymore — she really doesn’t need it.”

McCain Often Clashed with ‘The View’ Co-Hosts

As the sole Republican on The View, McCain often found herself having to defend her opinions with varying degrees of success.

Compounding matters for McCain, the daughter of former Sen. John McCain, was when ABC changed its management.

According to the Page Six source, McCain was given a lot of leeway at The View, but that changed when new people stepped in to oversee the show.

“[McCain] no longer had the climate of protection she had under [former ABC News president] James Goldston,” the source said. “When he was there, there was this sense of retribution if you didn’t get along with Meghan. She would act out, yell at the audience, guests, and fight with her co-hosts [on-air], but there was never an ‘OK, you have to get along with your co-hosts.”

For their part, ABC said in a statement it was sad to see her go, but understood why she made the decision.

“For the past four years, Meghan McCain has brought her fierce determination and vast political knowledge and experience to The View. She recently came to us with her decision to depart the show at the end of this season, a difficult choice that she made for her and her family that we respect and understand. We wish the best for Meghan as she plans her next chapter, and thank her for the passion and unique voice that she shared with us and our viewers each day.”