‘The View’ Would Miss Meghan McCain About as Much as It Misses Abby Huntsman

How far can a family name take you in America? In the case of George W. Bush, born into a wealthy New England family that included the 41st U.S. President, the sky was the limit. And the tradition continues in 2020. Anyone who’s watched The View in recent years can see that.

While they aren’t all running for office yet, the next generation of children of famous politicians have certainly embraced the lucrative profession. In the case of The View, that applies to the show’s most recent conservative voices: TV political pundits Abby Huntsman and Meghan McCain.

In the case of Huntsman, the daughter of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman who departed the show in late ’19, she got her start on her father’s presidential campaign in ’12. As for McCain, the daughter of late Arizona Senator John McCain also made her name during her father’s campaign (in ’08).

Which is all to say: It was hard to take McCain seriously on July 14’s The View when she said it was “a miracle” she hadn’t been “canceled” yet. And even if she had, it would make no difference at The View. After all, Huntsman’s departure had almost no impact on the show on any substantive level.

Abby Huntsman’s departure hasn’t changed ‘The View’

Co-hosts of 'The View' with Tulsi Gabbard in 2019
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was the guest Wednesday, 11/6/19 on ABC’s “The View.” | Jenny Anderson/ABC via Getty Images

Writers at numerous outlets (including this one) love to speculate over potential comings and goings of View co-hosts. But, 23 years after the show’s debut on ABC, ratings remain strong and the format remains mostly the same.

In short, The View survived after creator Barbara Walters made her exit in 2014. And it had survived two tumultuous stints by Rosie O’Donnell (someone who knows a thing or two about being canceled). Just as it survived the departure of moderator Meredith Vieira and countless other co-hosts. That list includes Abby Huntsman.

During her run on The View, Huntsman didn’t establish herself as a powerhouse personality or as a force in political commentary. That was why View insiders were leaking rumors to tabloids that she might have gotten forced out if she didn’t leave on her own accord.

In the months following her departure, many wondered who would replace Huntsman at The View. But no one ever did. She left; the show continued on; and ratings have not budged. In effect, her leaving had no negative impact.

Meghan McCain’s departure would likely have little impact on ‘The View’

Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, Meghan McCain and guest
“The View” welcomes Pete Souza and Charlotte Pence on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. | Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

There are moments when The View can seem like an SNL parody of itself, and the July 14 installment was a good example. While discussing the firing of Tucker Carlson’s lead writer for racist online posts, McCain said every co-host on The View has risked cancellation in recent years.

Then she wondered how she’d endured on the show, especially following a negative opinion piece in the New York Times. “By some miracle, we’re all still here,” McCain said (at 4:30 in the clip below). “And I think the greatest miracle is still me … somehow being here.”

To paraphrase: It’s a “miracle” that a critical Times article didn’t immediately result in the removal of McCain from her TV show. Statements like these always lead to a high volume of online dunks (i.e., mockery), and it’s because McCain sounds hilariously out of touch.

McCain is the daughter of famous people who works on a talk show. Publicity (e.g., Times articles, positive or negative) more often than not helps her status on the show. (For starters, it gives her grievances to cite.) So no matter what happens she can’t be “canceled.” Finally, her leaving The View wouldn’t mean much at all to the show. She’s a co-host; they’d find another one. They always have.