Meghan McCain left The View in August of 2021 and ever since then, producers of the show have struggled to find a replacement for her.
Their problem is that their search criteria is incredibly narrow.
They don’t want a never-Trump host who will simply agree with all the liberal hosts, but they also don’t want a Trump supporter.
POLITICO Playbook: ‘The View’ struggles to find a Republican
Before taking off for the holidays, the four long-standing hosts of “The View” had a message for executive producer BRIAN TETA: We’re tired of the rotating cast of Republican guest hosts.
When MEGHAN MCCAIN departed in August, Teta initially told the Wrap that he was “taking a little time” to find a replacement. Since then, ABC has tried out a variety of conservative fill-ins, including S.E. CUPP, ALYSSA FARAH, MORGAN ORTAGUS, CONDOLEEZZA RICE, CARLY FIORINA, and GRETCHEN CARLSON.
Nearly six months in, the show has yet to settle on a permanent replacement. And now, the longtime co-hosts — JOY BEHAR, WHOOPI GOLDBERG and SUNNY HOSTIN — are upping the pressure to pick a successor, and voicing their displeasure at having to introduce new guest hosts week after week in a seemingly endless process that they find disruptive to the flow of the show…
Sources close to the show said that the search has stalled as executives struggle to find a conservative cast-member who checks all the right boxes. They will not consider a Republican who is a denier of the 2020 election results, embraced the January 6 riots, or is seen as flirting too heavily with fringe conspiracy theories or the MAGA wing of the GOP. But at the same time, the host must have credibility with mainstream Republicans, many of whom still support DONALD TRUMP.
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Conservatives had fun discussing this on Twitter.
"Why can't we find a conservative who will never say anything to make us uncomfortable but also isn't a boring NeverTrumper who isn't actually really conservative anyway?" https://t.co/S1AvSIr1Be
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) December 27, 2021
Who would want this abuse? https://t.co/XNcqsWvPfK
— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) December 27, 2021
"I can't find a conservative because they're so obsessed with Trump. I also define 'conservative' as whatever position they take on Trump" https://t.co/479Y7HDfKn
— Heimish Conservative (@HeimishCon) December 27, 2021
I’m happy to guest host on The View for a few shows. Guarantee it would be blast.
Maybe not for the other hosts or the audience though. https://t.co/0DL5ly6Hdt
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 27, 2021
Clearly the answer is to cancel The View https://t.co/nBuDhURWMy
— Nathan Bryson (@nbryson625) December 27, 2021
Whover takes the job is going to suffer a lot of abuse from Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.
Who would want that job?
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