The View co-host Meghan McCain is stepping down. McCain has spent the last four years on the talk show. She’s stirred up multiple controversies during her time there and put The View back into mainstream conversation. Supposedly, ABC begged her to stay.
Anonymous sources told multiple publications that the network really wanted her to continue her time on The View. Apparently, the network even offered her a role on ABC News, which she turned down.
The host allegedly still has two years left in her contract. However, the anonymous source said that she “just doesn’t need it anymore.”
It makes sense that the network would be hesitant. McCain’s spars with her co-hosts have gone viral multiple times, something not easy to do in the digital landscape. It definitely boosted the ratings for the show. A source told Variety that her on-set spars with her co-hosts don’t have anything to do with her decision to leave.
McCain joined The View when she replaced Jedediah Bila. The show itself has been on the air since 1997 and was created by Barbara Walters.
Meghan McCain Announced her Decision to leave ‘The View’ on The Show
“I am just going to rip the Band-Aid off. I am here to tell all of you, my wonderful co-hosts and viewers at home, that this is going to be my last season here at The View,” McCain said on the show. She attributed her decision to leave in part to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused her to start “looking at life, the way I’m living my life, the way I want my life to look like.”
A huge reason for the decision was her life at home.
“I came to the D.C. area, which is where my husband and I have always split time, and it’s where I grew up splitting time. We have this incredible life here, we’re surrounded by my family, his family, by friends, by this incredible support unit,” she said.
For her, it was also incredibly important to be there for her daughter’s first moments.
“I think as any new mom knows, when I think about where I want Liberty to have, you know her first steps and her first words — I just have this really wonderful life here that ultimately, I felt I didn’t want to leave.”
And while she’s definitely had her fair share of arguments with her co-hosts, she did have a lot of kind words to say about them, calling working with them a “privilege.” She even said her co-hosts were the “most talented women on all of television.”
Meghan McCain will remain with The View through the end of the month. It’s hard to say who exactly the network will decide to replace with McCain.