*It looks like “The View” wants to beef up its conservative voice at the hot topics table.
With left-leaning Sara Haines announcing her departure on Monday to join Michael Strahan on the third hour of “Good Morning America,” and conservative co-host Paula Faris announcing four days earlier that she is leaving the show, Deadline reports that CNN contributor Ana Navarro and “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Abby Huntsman top the shortlist of possible replacements.
Breaking the news to show viewers on Monday, Haines said she was leaving “for the best reason” but insisted she was not done being grateful to the program for catapulting her career.
“I have watched the show since it began. Look at who I am flanked by!” Haines said. “There are days I go to look at Whoopi and I can’t finish the sentence because I remember – it’s Whoopi Goldberg!”
Three-year co-host Faris is leaving the show, and her weekend “GMA” duties, for a new assignment that includes contributing to “Good Morning America” and a podcast on faith.
Navarro, a staunch anti-Trump Republican, has been a regular fill-in co-host and has been a fan favorite. Huntsman is the daughter of Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Republican presidential candidate who is serving as Donald Trump’s ambassador to Russia. Before joining Fox News, Huntsman co-hosted the now-canceled MSNBC show “The Cycle.”
She made headlines on July 15, when she ripped the president’s meeting with Vladimir Putin by tweeting, “No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus.”
ABC typically does not announce a season’s co-hosts until shortly before it starts, right after Labor Day holiday. The show seems to go through co-host drama every summer.
Sherri Shepherd, who had been a panelist since 2007, threw in the towel in 2014, joined by short-termer Jenny McCarthy, and the only-just returned Rosie O’Donnell. Short-termers Rosie Perez, and Nicolle Wallace bowed out in 2015; Wallace is now tearing up the turf at MSNBC. Raven-Symone, Michelle Collins and Candace Cameron Bure were out in 2016. Jedediah Bila was gone in 2017, and now Faris and Haines departed this year.