Abby Huntsman quit The View after a series of reports claiming there was tension in the cast. The Republican pundit shocked viewers when she announced she was leaving the show after only two seasons. Although she was not the loudest voice on the panel, her conservative take on issues was important. Gearing up to farewell, we now know when she will be exiting the ABC program.
“After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for Governor of Utah,” Huntsman said on Monday’s show.
In a statement released to People ahead of her official announcement on the talk show, she said: “Family has always been my number one priority, and is where I need to be focused at this time. 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.”
At the same time that she announced her time at The View was up, Huntsman said her last day on the show was on January 17.
“I’m so thankful for this opportunity and for ABC believing in me,” the host added. “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.”
Was Abby Huntsman on the verge of getting fired?
Following the news of Huntsman’s departure, there were rumors that she was already being considered to receiving to getting the ax.
“Abby was added to the show without chemistry-testing with the other women mainly because she had a prior relationship with Meghan McCain and ABC was desperate to make Meghan appear more likable,” a source told the Daily Mail. “But it didn’t take execs long to realize that Abby talked a lot, but she never really said anything. Her points and opinions never really landed with the audience because it often lacked substance.”
Despite the reports from anonymous sources, Huntsman enjoyed her time on the morning show. In a note to the staff on The View, Huntsman wrote a sweet message to everyone.
“To the Best Team in TV, ABC has been my family for a long time and I am so thankful to have had a seat at the table on an iconic show like The View. After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for Governor of Utah,” the note read according to People.
Huntsman will be getting a farewell from all of her co-hosts on Friday, January 17. The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT/CT on ABC.