‘The View’ Searches In Vain For Permanent Meghan McCain Replacement
Prior to the holiday break, the stalwart hosts of The View told executive producer Brian Teta that they’re tired of the rotating cast of Republican guest hosts.
After Meghan McCain left the show in August, Teta initially said that he was “taking a little time” to find a replacement. Since, ABC has tried out at least a half-dozen conservative fill-ins.
The hosts — Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin — are growing tired of having to introduce a new guest host each week.
A spokesperson for The View said that it will continue to audition potential hosts in 2022, including some women for a second turn.
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The search has stalled as executives struggle to find a conservative cast-member who fits the bill: The show will not consider a Republican who’s a denier of the 2020 election results, embraced the January 6 riots, or is seen as flirting too heavily with fringe conspiracy theories or MAGA.
Rumors have swirled that the show tried to recruit young libertarian Kat Timpf, but she turned them down.
“Our plans are on track as we continue to look for the right person to join our panel of smart, dynamic women,” said a View spokesperson. “We look forward to welcoming guest co-hosts for return appearances and introducing new names into the mix in the new year.”
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