McCain’s exit comes after four seasons on the show, but she reportedly has two years left on her contract. She is expected to officially leave her co-hosting job at the end of July, just shy of four years since she first joined The View in October 2017.
According to The Daily Mail, McCain’s co-hosts — Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro — are “not yet aware” of her exit from the show. “We have tried to keep her, but she is adamant that now is the right time for her to leave,” a source from Disney, the parent company of The View network ABC, told the outlet.
The news comes after a string of heated on-air exchanges between McCain and her co-hosts, particularly Behar and Goldberg. Just weeks ago, Goldberg and McCain ended a Hot Topics segment with a fight over President Biden’s comments to a CNN reporter, trading barbs before Goldberg was forced to send the show to a commercial break to put an end to the argument. Weeks earlier, the co-hosts bickered over Marjorie Taylor Greene, ending another segment with a tense back-and-forth.
McCain has been open about her sometimes strained relationship with her co-stars, admitting last year that she never did a chemistry test with the other hosts before joining The View. “Not to make this about me, but when I was originally offered the job on this show, they wanted to test me with a bunch of the ladies, and I said, ‘No. You see what I can do,'” she said. “Fast forward to a few years later, I again refused a chemistry test, and I ended up getting hired anyway.”
The View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.
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