Following Meghan McCain’s shocking announcement she will be departing from chatfest The View after four years — and many clashes with her cohosts — at the end of July, many are wondering who will carry the torch as the token Republican on the daytime talker.
On Thursday’s episode, Whoopi Goldberg handed the floor over to McCain, who announced her resignation from the series. "Thank you, Whoopi. I’m going to rip the band-aid off," the 36-year-old daughter of the late John McCain began. "This is going to be my last season here at The View. I will be here through the end of July to finish out the season with all of you, which I am grateful for."
She admitted that it was a hard decision for her, sharing that she turned to those close to her for guidance on what to do regarding the next chapter of her life. "This was not an easy decision. It took a lot of thought and counsel and prayer and talking to my family and my close friends," McCain added.
Many believe that McCain will wind up at right-wing cable channel Fox News, but that has yet to be determined. In the interim, the buzz is who will fill McCain’s conservative shoes on The View.
The daytime talker has seen it’s array of cohosts since its inception in 1997. From TV legend Barbara Walters (who created the show) to outspoken comedian Rosie O’Donnell, the ladies of The View have certainly not held back on voicing their opinions, whether the audience liked it or not.
As The View heads into its 25th season this fall, who will sit alongside Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and fill-in host Ana Navarro on the legendary talk show? OK! takes a look at seven conservative women who could potentially replace McCain on The View.
The controversial author and conservative political commentator's name has been tossed around several times as McCain’s potential replacement. Owens, who has been wrapped up in scandals for remarks she’s made in the past about Black Lives Matter protestors, abortion, and immigration, would be a bold choice for the show, which many believe could bring new life into the daytime stalwart.
“The View should invite Candace Owens as a conservative voice–it’d be a ratings boon but I’d definitely tune in for the sh*t show and drama of it all!” a user wrote on Twitter.
Hasselbeck wasn't afraid to speak her conservative mind during her time at the roundtable on The View from 2003-2013. After many political disputes with co-hosts Behar and O'Donnell, the former Survivor alum jumped ship to join Fox and Friends over at Fox News. She has since left the cable news channel, paving way for a comeback to the ABC talker.
Jenner is a staunch Republican, who is currently running for governor of California to unseat embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom, and would be an interesting pick for The View. As the panel’s first trans woman, she would break down barriers on daytime TV. Jenner is known for stirring the pot, and with the help of her famous family — the Kardashian-Jenners — she could bring some A-list power to the show.
Ex-president Donald Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka would for sure bring some eyeballs to The View. Like her father, the bubbly blonde isn’t afraid to speak her mind and would fit right in with other ladies.
Villa is a staunch Trump supporter. At the 2017 Grammy Awards, the singer walked the red carpet in a red, white and blue mermaid gown with President Trump's campaign catchphrase "Make America Great Again" written across the front. Again, at the 2020 Grammy Awards, she wore a dress supporting Trump's failed re-election campaign. As a woman of color, Villa would be a refreshing, youthful voice on the show.
The former Fox News host has the name recognition to sit alongside TV legends Goldberg and Behar. The 50-year-old outspoken conservative launched an independent podcast last year after NBC canned her controversial morning show.
Huntsman announced she was leaving The View in 2020 to help run her father Jon Huntsman's failed Utah gubernatorial bid. Last month, Huntsman reflected on her exit, saying, "This last year has been a lot of healing and a lot of asking myself questions and thinking things back and wondering, 'Did you make a mistake, did you handle this right or that right?'" she told PEOPLE, leaving many to wonder if she’s wanting another shot as cohost.