The View is losing one of its hosts. Abby Huntsman shocked fans of the long-running talk show when she announced she'd be quitting her co-hosting gig after just two seasons on Monday (January 13).
Though the ladies of The View, including Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain and Joy Behar, often get combative during their discussions, Huntsman's departure reportedly doesn't have anything to do with simmering animosities amongst her co-stars. The newbie host has decided to join her father's gubernatorial race. Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, announced he'd once again be vying for the seat once again back in November.
The younger Huntsman has only been a part of The View since 2018. Along with McCain, Huntsman was chosen to represent the show's conservative viewers. As the daughters of prominent republican politicians, McCain and Huntsman were obvious casting choices for The View. The women began as allies on the often combative show, however, they reportedly had a falling out behind the scenes recently. Their dispute was confirmed by anonymous sources close to production, however, no other details on the nature of their falling out have been revealed.
“Family has always been my number one priority, and is where I need to be focused at this time,” Huntsman said in a press release about her departure. “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,” the 33-year-old TV personality said. “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's new position will be Senior Advisor on her father's gubernatorial campaign.