Jedediah Bila, one of the panelists on the daytime talk show The View, announced Monday that she was leaving the show effective immediately. Bila was a self-proclaimed political libertarian who had been on the show since August 2016.
In explaining why she is departing, Bila said she has a number of opportunities coming up, and that she is writing a yet-to-be-named book which is due out with HarperCollins next year. One of her co-hosts then mentioned that fact that Bila is also getting married. On June 12, 2017, Bila had announced her engagement to boyfriend Jeremy Scher.
When announcing she is leaving the show, Bila stated that while she usually did not share the same political opinions with her co-hosts, she described them as her “friends no matter what.”
“I want to thank you because I’m a little eccentric and you put up with me, and this has been just an amazing journey and I appreciate all of you,” Bila told her co-hosts. “And I want to thank the viewers, even the ones that write me the hate tweets. This is what I’m here for. I’m here to shake things up in life and television.”
Bila said she wanted to thank “these ladies,” adding that she is friends with each of her co-hosts. “Sunny’s texts, Whoopi, you’re my inspiration,” she said. “Joy, when I need comedic relief, this is where I go, so we’re going to be friends no matter what.”
Co-host Joy Behar expressed similar views. “It’s great to have you here because we need to have somebody that disagrees,” she said. “I used to disagree with Elisabeth Hasselback all the time … it’s never been personal and that is good for the show.”
Bila also thanked those who tune in to the show. “I want to thank the viewers, even the ones who write me hate tweets, this is what I’m here for, I’m here to shake things up,” she added.
Various news sources, including CNN, have reported that former Fox News host Meghan McCain is in talks to join The View. The daughter of Sen. John McCain announced last week she was leaving Fox News.
Fans tweeted Bila well-wishes on Monday:
My liberal heart ❤️ you @JedediahBila.You were the best conservative in all 20 years of the View. This panel has been my fav. Good luck❤️
— Tym Byers (@iTym1) September 18, 2017
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) September 18, 2017
— Jeanine Moore (@Jeanine0503) September 18, 2017