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Abby Huntsman Will Be Departing ‘The View’ With Ana Navarro As A Potential Replacement

One of ABC’s “The View” co-hosts, Abby Huntsman, 33, announced on Monday that she is leaving her role on the long-running daytime talk show. Huntsman, a former Fox News personality and moderate voice on this show, says that her departure is due to her desire to help her father, former U.S. ambassador to Russia ambassador Jon Huntsman, with his campaign for Utah governor. Her role on her father’s campaign will be as a senior advisor. 

Huntsman joined the “The View” at the start of Season 22 in September 2018, with the show currently in its 23rd season. She is expected to have final appearance on Friday, Jan. 17. In a memo obtained by Fox News that was also sent to staffers, Huntsman said her time on the “iconic” show needed to come to an end in order to support her father.

“After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for Governor of Utah,” Huntsman wrote in a memo to staff. “You know I think the world of all of you … ABC will always hold a special place in my heart, and so will all of you.”

The announcement comes as a surprise to some who didn’t see the departure coming so abruptly. Yet sources say Huntsman leaving was a long time coming after feuding with Meghan McCain and “toxic” atmosphere on the set.

“We have some bittersweet news to share. Abby Huntsman is leaving ‘The View’ to help run her father’s campaign for Governor of Utah and to spend more time with her young family. As you will see in her note below, she made the tough decision to move on over the holiday break,” producers wrote to “View” staff members. 

Yet, there is a lot of rumors and sources commenting on why Huntsman really is leaving “The View” with many pointing at a strained relationship with controversial Meghan McCain, the show’s lone conservative voice. But according to Page Six, their entire vibe on the show started to be “toxic” and it was attributed to how ABC treated Huntsman. 

“It’s an unhealthy environment — just the way that things are handled during shows and how people deal with each other. It’s intense,” a source told Page Six. “ABC treated Abby like s–t, but everyone on the show gets treated like s–t,” the source added. “She was smart enough to do something about it.

There was also dissatisfaction coming from viewers about Huntsman not bringing much to the table in terms of engagement. According to the DailyMail, show researchers found that viewers found her ‘bland’ and “didn’t feel that she had a clear point of view.”

 “Abby was added to the show without chemistry-testing with the other women mainly because she had a prior relationship with Meghan McCain and ABC was desperate to make Meghan appear more likeable.”

According to sources that spoke to the DailyMail, ABC already has someone in mind to take the seat: frequent guest co-host Ana Navarro. 

Sources tell the Dailymail that Huntsman’s departure couldn’t have come at a better time as ABC is looking to hire frequent guest co-host Ana Navarro to take her seat. Navarro would join McCain as the lone Republican voices on the show. The source says that the combo of Navarro and McCain is something a national audience would be able to handle considering the two have previously worked together. 

‘It’s no secret, the audience loves Ana. Whoopi, Joy and Sunny love Ana,’ the source said. ‘The producers love Ana. Giving her more days would be a no-brainer for sure. But since ABC News has taken over The View, the right thing is rarely done anymore, which is why the turnover rate on this show post-Barbara is so high.”

But there is still a lot of questions left to be answered including how Navarro would be able to be a permanent co-host considering she lives in Miami. “The View” films its show in New York City which would mean that Navarro, who is a newlywed, would have to split time in both cities. 

To date, ABC has not confirmed or commented if Navarro would be hired to replace Huntsman. 

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The View Has Been On Air For 22 Years And The Drama Has Hardly Ever Been Scarce: Here Are Some Of The Biggest Feuds

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The View Has Been On Air For 22 Years And The Drama Has Hardly Ever Been Scarce: Here Are Some Of The Biggest Feuds

On Tuesday morning, Abby Huntsman, one of the latest conservative voices on The View, announced she was leaving the long-running ABC daytime show to help run her father Jon Huntsman Jr.’s campaign for Utah governor. Of course, this was only the ‘official reason’. In its nearly 22 years on air, the show has seen some extremely tense moments —read on to find out about a few of them. 

Today, I’m saying goodbye,” Huntsman said of going to work with her dad, the Republican politician and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia. 

“It’s not often in life that you get these moments to go fight for something that you are so passionate about.” Of course, there’s always an official explanation and a rumored-to-be-more-real one. In this case, there were reports, including one from CNN Business, claiming Huntsman was fleeing the show’s “toxic culture” 

The View has gone from coffee klatch to political roundtable and back again in since it debuted in 1997.

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These days, it’s been coined “the most important political TV show in America”—a must-stop on the presidential candidates’ press tour. Losing Huntsman also means the loss of a vocal conservative in that political crossfire—a host who actually wanted to welcome recent guest Donald Trump Jr. But one constant on the show is, well, the drama. The Huntsman-McCain conflict is only the latest in a long line of View feuds, blowups, and scandalous exits in the show’s 23-season history. 

Ahead, a look at the high (low?) lights, in chronological order:

Barbara Walters versus Debbie Matenopoulos

When Walters launched The View in 1997, she cast/hired 22-year-old Matenopoulos. Debbie reportedly drew Walters’s ire when she couldn’t quite hold her own among the original five, including Joy Behar, Star Jones, and Meredith Vieira. Matenopoulos was frequently mocked on Saturday Night Live for being ditzy. Plus, she apparently partied too much for the boss’s taste. “After Debbie had gotten written up in ‘Page Six’ for taking her top off at Hogs & Heifers, Barbara counseled her on not tarnishing her name as a public figure.” Matenopoulos was fired in 1999 and replaced by hard-hitting journalist Lisa Ling.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck versus Rosie O’Donnell

O’Donnell only appeared for two brief stints on The View, but still managed to lock horns with ex-Survivor contestant Elisabeth Hasselbeck in a viral nearly 10-minute-long on-air debate about the Iraq War in 2007. (O’Donnell had pressed Hasselbeck to back her up that she had never equated American troops with “terrorists”; Hasselbeck balked.) “Here’s how it gets spun in the media: ‘Rosie, big, fat, lesbian, loud Rosie, attacks innocent, pure, Christian Elisabeth,’” O’Donnell later said. She left the show that year: “The day it happened, I was definitely crying,” O’Donnell told Variety

Whoopi Goldberg versus Rosie O’Donnell

O’Donnell and Goldberg clashed in 2009, when O’Donnell expressed her disagreement with Goldberg’s assertion that director Roman Polanski hadn’t committed “rape rape,” despite having pled guilty to statutorily raping then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1979. Goldberg supposedly sent O’Donnell an “angry letter,” and O’Donnell says she responded diplomatically, writing her own letter apologizing for any hurt feelings.

But when O’Donnell returned to The View in 2014 and offered up contributions to the daytime talk show — like starting the morning meeting a half-hour earlier and covering the Bill Cosby rape allegations — Goldberg shut down her ideas, she claimed. And the tension played out on television, too.

Barbara Walters versus Jenny McCarthy

Walters tapped McCarthy to join The View in 2013, a year before Walters herself left the show. According to McCarthy, this made for a power struggle. “Imagine a woman like Barbara Walters,” McCarthy said in Ladies Who Punch. “It’s her last year, and she doesn’t want to leave…. And I’m the new bitch there.” The two reportedly fought over who would moderate debates, and also sanitary products, with Walters reportedly demanding McCarthy change her outfits and, once, chastising her over a tampon left in a toilet (one McCarthy says was not hers).

Joy Behar versus Meghan McCain

The honor of splashiest feud in the modern era of The View goes to stalwart Behar and Meghan McCain. In 2018, they got into it over Trump once again: “I really come here every day open-minded, just trying to explain it, and it’s not a fun job for me every day,” McCain said. When Behar made a pitying “aww” sound, McCain snapped: “Oh, don’t feel bad for me, bitch, I’m paid to do this, okay?” After a little more back and forth, Whoopi Goldberg threw to a commercial break: “I just need everybody to take a beat.”

Donald Trump Jr. Tried To Go Head To Toe With Whoopi Goldberg On The View And All He Got Was A Line About His Dad’s Balls

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Donald Trump Jr. Tried To Go Head To Toe With Whoopi Goldberg On The View And All He Got Was A Line About His Dad’s Balls

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If you have yet to find yourself impressed by the words and thoughts of  Donald Trump Jr. thus far, I implore you to not hold your breath for a change any time soon. The president’s eldest child is an American businessman and former reality television personality whose role as a key member of his father’s business pursuits have shifted endlessly from that have shifted throughout his father’s term in the White House. But was remained the same? Trump Jr.’s role as a bad take machine. Throughout his father’s presidential campaign and role as president, the American people have been subjected to Trump Jr.’s more ridiculous moments. The first son delivers a crunch of bizarre tweets and memes to Twitter on the regular that are often laced with falsehoods.

Trump’s recent comments during his interview on The View this week are no different.

Appearing on ABC’s “The View,” to promote his new book, Trump Jr. derailed the show’s conversations and sparked heated discussion amongst the co-hosts.

During his Thursday appearance on The View, Trump Jr. appeared on the show alongside his current girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle to promote his book “Triggered: How The Left Thrives On Hate And Wants To Silence Us.”

He also defended his decision to out the whistleblower who sparked his father’s House impeachment probe and Twitter and insisted to the co-host that his father has “got a pair.”

When confronted about his decision to leak the whistleblower’s name and put them in danger, Trump Jr. defended his decision say “I think the reality of the answer is the whistle-blower’s name was on a little website called the Drudge Report a couple of days ago. I literally quote tweeted an article that had the guy’s name in the title of the article,” Trump Jr. told the co-hosts during his interview. After being further pressed about whether his decision was justifiable, Trump insisted that he was being held to a double standard. “I wish the outrage would be equal. I mean, there was no outrage when, you know, my family got an exploding letter of, you know, with white powder substance in it,” he told the panelists.

On Wednesday of this week, the president’s son shared a post to Twitter that contained the alleged name of the anonymous government whistleblower who sparked an investigation into whether Trump and his administration had been involved in a quid pro quo deal with Ukrainian officials that involved an investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

During one particularly tense exchange during his appearance, co-host Whoopi Goldberg questioned whether or not Trump actually has a pair, to which Trump Jr. insisted that he did.

The conversation occurred when Meghan McCain questioned Trump Jr. about his father’s character. 

“A lot of Americans in politics miss character, and a lot of people miss the soul of this country. You and your family have hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain, including the Khan family who was a Gold Star family who I think should be respected because of the loss of their son. Does all this make you feel good?” asked McCain. 

McCain’s question referenced the criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Muslim-Americans whose son was killed in Iraq, that had been unleashed onto the family by Trump after they appeared at the Democratic National Convention.

In response, Trump Jr. said  “We have all done things that we regret. I don’t think any of that makes me feel good, but I think we got into this because we wanted to do what’s right for America. My father has been working tirelessly to bring back the American dream. He has brought jobs back.”

It was then that Guilfoyle, Trump Jr.’s girlfriend replied “Ninety-three percent negative coverage in the mainstream media about President Trump… They don’t want to talk about the successes!”

Whoopi Goldberg shot back saying “Suck it up!” 

It was then that Trump JR. claimed that no president had ever received as much negative media coverage as his father. (This claim is, of course, debatable considering how many times Obama and his family’s life was threatened by racist threats and attack attempts.)

Eventually, Goldberg cut into Trump’s words saying “Part of being president is having a pair that can take whatever heat comes toward you. To which, Trump Jr. grinned and awkwardly insisted “My father’s got a pair!” 

What a takeaway to mull over…

Anyway…

Soon after the episode of the show was aired, Trump Jr. posted an antagonistic tweet.

“I don’t think I’ve enjoyed an interview this much in my life. Guess you could say that I just #Triggered The View!!!” he wrote