Meghan McCain shocked everyone on Thursday by announcing that she is leaving “The View” after three years of serving as the token conservative cohost on the ABC talk show.
“So I’m just going to rip the band-aid off. I am here to tell all of you, my wonderful co-hosts and the viewers at home that this is going to be my last season here at The View,” she revealed live on the show. “I will be here through the end of July to finish out the season with all of you, which I am grateful for. This was not an easy decision. It took a lot of thought and counsel and prayer and talking to my family and my close friends.”
McCain went on to explain that the coronavirus pandemic changed a lot of things for her, as she found herself pregnant and quarantining in Washington D.C. Back in September, she gave birth to her daughter Liberty, her first child with husband Ben Domenech.
“COVID has changed the world for all of us, and it changed the way at least for me — the way I am looking at life, the way I’m living my life, the way I want my life to look like,” she added. “When I think about where I want Liberty to have her first steps and her first words, I just have this really wonderful life here.”
McCain then praised her liberal cohosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines, saying, “It is a privilege to work alongside such strong, brilliant, intelligent, incredible broadcasters like the four of you. You are the most talented women on all of television, hands-down, and it has been to incredible to do this with you.”
ABC also released a statement about her departure to Entertainment Tonight.
“For the past four years, Meghan McCain has brought her fierce determination and vast political knowledge and experience to ‘The View,'” the network said. “She recently came to us with her decision to depart the show at the end of this season, a difficult choice that she made for her and her family that we respect and understand,” the statement reads. “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.”
McCain had been on “The View” since 2017.