‘The View’ Announces New Permanent Conservative Co-Host

Another polarizing season of “The View” is coming to an end this summer — and a bombshell “hot topic” over who the next conservative co-host will be is about to drop, The Post can exclusively report.

The daytime behemoth, which celebrated 25 glorious and hair-raising years this week, is set to announce who will replace self-proclaimed ‘mountain mama’ Meghan McCain after her ‘miserable’ and abrupt exit last summer.

A slew of right-side guest hosts scoured on-air auditions for the top spot — and an insider has revealed these repeat tries are the ones to watch when it comes to the permanent gig.

“You start seeing familiar faces over and over again,” the source told the Post. “I would expect an announcement before the end of the season on August 5.”

The source added: “If you watch the show, you can see people who come back regularly to join the co-hosts at the table. It’s an invaluable experience for the show. And that was always the plan to ensure they had a seat at the table.

In other words, the enlightened guessing game is on, so pay attention!

Alyssa Farah Griffin as guest co-host of “The View” on May 24, 2022. Griffin is the frontrunner for the permanent position.
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The most frequent guest co-hosts are Alyssa Farrah Griffin, President Donald Trump’s former communications director, 33, and former GOP communications director Tara Setmayer, 46. that Farrah is likely to be the favorite.

Note: In the long two months since McCain’s exit, Griffin has been a mainstay every month — and even made a lengthy appearance in June. No other guest host has racked up that tally this season.

Just say.

Tara Setmayer joins The View as a guest co-host.
Tara Setmayer joins The View as a guest co-host.
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A representative for ABC did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.

Meanwhile, conservative author and media pundit Ann Coulter previously told the Post that she would be open to taking on the role.

“Yes, of course I would [take the job] but they will never choose me,” Coulter, 60, said. “[It seems] they don’t mean what they say. You may be exposing a double-secret requirement: Must be a dumb, easily circumvented Republican.

The talk show’s current ladies – Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines – are set to go on hiatus next week and will return to wrap up the rest of the season on July 11.

The 26th season will resume after Labor Day.

The announcement of the new co-host will come on the heels of several scandals and dramatic incidents that have plagued — or boosted, depending on your fans’ stance — the show over the past season.

Ann Coulter told the Post that she doesn't think she has a chance of winning the coveted Conservative spot on
Ann Coulter told the Post that she doesn’t think she has a chance of winning the coveted conservative spot at “The View.”
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In February, the ever-controversial Goldberg, 66, was suspended from the ABC network after he said the Holocaust was “not about race.”

The following month, Behar, 79, suffered a dramatic fall, planting his face in front of the live studio audience – and the more than 2 million viewers at home.

And while rumors surfaced that it was difficult to find a new conservative voice on the show, the insider revealed that there was “no difficulty finding a new co-host.”

Despite their relentless parade of hype, it seems nothing can shake the ladies of “The View.” They remain the defending champions of the chat during the day while others drop like flies.

As “The View” is renewed for a 26th season, other daytime talkers are struggling. “The Talk” hit a new low in ratings three months after Sharon Osbourne’s dramatic release, and “The Real” was canceled after eight seasons in April.

And in May, Ellen Degeneres said goodbye after 19 years on the air.

The ‘conservative’ slot comes with its own set of specific challenges, according to former stars who have filled out the coveted slot.

“Right now, we still need a really conservative voice,” the Legal Eagle Hostin co-host, 53, proclaimed as the hunt for a new conservative castmate intensified. “I also think it’s really important not to have someone on the panel who is spreading misinformation, who is buying big lies, who is an anti-vaxxer, because I think that’s dangerous.”

The longest-serving right-wing host, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, survived on “The View” for 10 seasons, from 2003 to 2013. But it wasn’t without its difficulties. On May 23, 2007, Hasselbeck had an infamous on-air argument with co-host Rosie O’Donnell regarding the Iraq War, which she supported and which O’Donnell opposed.

The passionate moment was captured on film and made waves across the country at the time.

Meanwhile, McCain has dropped his ‘anthropological experiment in left-wing media’ after four seasons, revealing that an infamous on-air clash with persistent face mask supporter Behar plagued a ‘toxic work environment’. behind-the-scenes drama ultimately led to his exit from ABC’s longtime daytime show.

“We had a respectful understanding of each other’s roles. Every time we argued, she would bring it up,” McCain, 37, said of Behar in her “Bad Republican” audio memoir. “What makes me really, really sad is that there was a period when I got along really well with her.”

The two have clashed countless times over politics regarding Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, handling mask mandates, and more. Things took a real turn in January 2021, when just two days after McCain returned from maternity leave, Behar told her he didn’t miss her at all.

“I had postpartum anxiety. When I came back, I was really nervous. It was like starting TV again. I felt unstable. I was trying to make a joke, ‘I loved you so lack.’ If you watch the clip, her reaction is very strong,” McCain continued, adding that Behar did not apologize to her, even though she cried during the commercial break and had a panic attack in her office. at the end of the show.

Abby Huntsman, conservative pal of John McCain’s proud daughter, predated McCain’s January 2020 exit. At the time, she said it was to help her father, Republican politician Jon Huntsman Jr., in his Utah gubernatorial campaign.

However, Huntsman, 36, later admitted the honest reason for leaving: The show’s work environment, she said, “didn’t reflect my values” and “rewarded people for being bad.” behaviour”.

Welp: Good luck to the new recruit – and take some time to enjoy your possibly fleeting vision!

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