On Thursday, Meghan McCain, a co-host and the conservative voice on ABC's The View announced that she will be leaving the popular talk show.
In an announcement during Thursday's episode of The View, McCain, the daughter of the late senator John McCain, shared that after four years on the show, she would be leaving to raise her daughter, Liberty, in Washington D.C.
"I am just going to rip the Band-Aid off. I'm here to tell all of you, my wonderful co-hosts and the viewers at home that this is going to be my last season here at The View," McCain said.
.@MeghanMcCain announces her departure from @TheView at the end of the show’s season, saying “this was not an easy decision.”— The View (@TheView) July 1, 2021
“I’m just eternally grateful to have had this opportunity here so, seriously, thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart.” https://t.co/ZiP1UTs2xu pic.twitter.com/eLuEAJ4KLT
While offering an explanation for her departure, McCain noted that the decision to leave the show was not an easy one, but after prayer and counsel, she decided that it was the right move for her at the moment.
"This was not an easy decision. It took a lot of thought and counsel and prayer and talking to my family and close friends," she said.
"COVID-19," she added, "has changed the world for all of us. And it changed the way, at least for me, the way I am looking at life, the way I'm living my life, the way I want my life to look like."
McCain went on to note that when COVID-19 hit, she had just found out that she was pregnant, so her doctor, unsure of how the virus would affect pregnant women, recommended that she leave New York. McCain and her husband decided to retreat to the Washington D.C. area, where McCain said they "often split [their] time." McCain and her husband, Ben Domenech, both have family living in and around D.C.
Now, after spending a year and a half in the D.C. area, McCain noted that this is where she would like to raise her daughter.
"We have this incredible life here. We're surrounded by my family, his family, by friends, by this incredible support unit. And I think as any new mom knows … when I think about where I want Liberty to have her first steps and her first words … I just have this really wonderful life here that ultimately, I felt that I didn't want to leave," she said.
McCain concluded her statement by thanking each of her co-hosts, noting that co-hosting the view has been "one of the most incredible privileges" of her life.
"It is a privilege to work alongside such strong, brilliant, intelligent, incredible broadcasters like the four of you. You are the most talented women on all of television, hands down, and it has been so incredible."
McCain will remain on the show until the end of July when this season wraps.
h/t: USA Today
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