The View used to be the daytime talk show that people were clamoring to get on. Now it seems like every TV personality is running away from the opportunity.
The show, which is currently under a major reorganization, is looking to fill the conservative voice slot left empty after the departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck. They did not fill her seat last season when Jenny McCarthy came on board.
One of the front-runners was Senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan. She’s been a frequent guest host on the show and a refreshing young voice in the Republican party. However, she confirmed this week that The View just isn’t for her.
She told Refinery29.com, “I am not joining. I have the most utmost respect for everyone at The View. The show was amazing for my career for a long time. But, right now, I really love my job at TakePart Live. I genuinely mean this: I really love coming to work every day and working with people in their 20s to make a really rowdy news show.”
The political pundit currently hosts TakePart Live for the Pivot network. McCain and cohost Jacob Soboroff discuss the hot headlines of the day geared at young millennials. The show airs five nights a week.
By turning down the job, this opens the gig up to other conservative host possibilities like CNN contributor Margaret Hoover or MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman. No decisions have been made for Season 18 other than bringing Rosie O’Donnell back into the fold.
She reportedly has final say on all of the other hosts hired, so it could be an interesting ride while producers find the perfect fit to battle the liberal comedian.
The View might become appointment television once again.