Television July 01, 2021
Meghan McCain Announces Exit from ‘The View’
Meghan McCain’s days on “The View” are coming to an end.
She announced her exit on the show Thursday, revealing a desire to stay in the D.C. area with her husband to raise their daughter. Praising the show and her co-panelists, she said, “I’m just eternally grateful to have had this opportunity here so, seriously, thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart.” Watch her announcement below!
.@MeghanMcCain announces her departure from @TheView at the end of the show’s season, saying “this was not an easy decision.”— The View (@TheView) July 1, 2021 @TheView
“I’m just eternally grateful to have had this opportunity here so, seriously, thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart.” https://t.co/ZiP1UTs2xu pic.twitter.com/eLuEAJ4KLT
Earlier, DailyMail.com reported McCain would announce her exit on Thursday’s show. Her departure is set for the end of the season, later this summer.
While she’s been with the show for four years, Meghan reportedly has two more on her contract. Variety says she asked ABC to release her from the deal, not because of on-set feuds, but as she said in her announcement, so that she could stay in D.C., where she had been living during the pandemic with her husband Ben Domenech, a political commentator, and their daughter Liberty.
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ABC News later released a statement, saying in part, '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.'
Page Six says the network wanted her to stay. A source told the paper, “ABC begged for her to stay [and] she said ‘No — I’m done! I’m not staying anymore.'”
The insider added, “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.”
Meghan is currently on “The View’s” panel with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines.