After more than a year on “The View,” co-host Abby Huntsman is bidding farewell.
Huntsman, 33, is stepping away from the show to help her father Jon Huntsman Jr.’s campaign for Utah governor.
In a statement, she told People magazine, “Family has always been my number one priority, and is where I need to be focused at this time. We are incredibly close and are there to support and help each other when it matters. It’s not often there is a political campaign that involves someone you love and believe in, but this is one of them.”
“I’m so thankful for this opportunity and for ABC believing in me,” Huntsman continued. “It was always a dream to sit at 'The View' table. I have the deepest gratitude for all of my co-hosts and the team at 'The View' who don’t get enough credit for what they do every day — I’ve learned so much from each of them and this will always be a special place to me.”
Huntsman also showed her appreciation to the staff in a heartfelt email, saying, “To the Best Team in TV, ABC has been my family for a long time and I am so thankful to have had a seat at the table on an iconic show like ‘The View.’ 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.”
She added, “You know I think the world of all of you. You’re some of the most talented, hard-working and genuine people I’ve ever worked with. The staff is the engine of the show and you never get enough credit for what you do. I applaud you and thank you for welcoming me to the family on day-one. You always made me look much better than I ever could have on my own. Thank you for believing in me and for all the laughs along the way.”
In a statement, the show’s executive producers Hilary Estey McLoughlin, Candi Carter and Brian Teta said, “Abby brought a unique, intelligent, insightful and relatable voice to our table. While we are sad she has made the decision to leave, with Abby, family always comes first and we admire her commitment as she moves on to this next exciting chapter with her father’s campaign for governor and to spend more time with her young family.”
They went on, “We will miss her warm presence at the studio both at the table and behind the scenes. She will always be a part of our family at 'The View' and ABC News and we welcome her back to have a seat at the table anytime.”
The mom of three joined the show in August 2018. At the time, she said, “I couldn’t be more be excited to return to my professional roots at ABC News. I look forward to adding my own point of view to the most interesting and successful talk show on television today. Joining the women at ‘The View’ really is a dream come true!”