‘The View’ has taken its Conservative seat, up for grabs after Meghan McCain exited in August 2021. And made a familiar face a permanent host, even if she will not always be present at the table.
The ABC daytime talk show announced Thursday that Alyssa Farah Griffin, former White House director of strategic communications and aide to former President Donald Trump, has a seat at the table when the show returns for its 26th season in September.
And Ana Navarro, a commentator and political strategist, will also become another co-host, joking that the show is “finally putting a ring on it” after her roles as guest co-host and contributor.
Farah Griffin, 33, and Navarro, 50, will join moderator Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin. Friday marks the end of the show’s season, followed by a break at the end of the summer.
Farah Griffin appeared on Thursday’s show and told her co-hosts that “the last two years have been a bit turbulent for me. I worked for an administration that I ended up speaking out against with fervor and that I continue to do every day. It changes a lot in your life. I have lost many friends. I am separated from my family members. But I must say this: I am so proud to have found I was the spokesperson for the president, I was the spokesperson for the vice president, I was way too much of a spokesperson for the Republican men in Congress. But now it’s my voice, and I’m here. to join this table (and) I hope to bring a different perspective.
Navarro, who began appearing as a contributor in 2015, said the show was “finally putting a ring on it”. The CNN commentator and Republican strategist joined the cast in 2018 as a guest co-host to replace Goldberg on Fridays. She continued to fill in for Goldberg in 2019 while the longtime moderator recovered from pneumonia and continued to serve as a contributor.
“I thought about it for a long time,” Navarro said of his decision. “Me and we at this table have spent a lot of time talking about representation. And that means when a little Latina immigrant born in Chinandega, Nicaragua, who came to this country at age 8 as a political refugee and has found her home here, has the opportunity and the chance to have a platform, you grab it with both hands and you run with it.”
Navarro’s appearances will be similar to Season 25, while Farah Griffin will appear on the program daily.
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Since “The View” debuted in 1997, the series has had 22 permanent hosts, with sales accelerating around 2013. With short stints from Nicolle Wallace, Candace Cameron Bure, Jedediah Bila and Abby Huntsman, the show has struggled to find a lasting conservative voice.
The choice of Farah Griffin in the show is not free from controversy. Earlier reports of his hiring inspired some Twitter users to embrace #BoycottTheView in response due to her actions under the Trump administration, from which she resigned in December 2020. She explained in a January 2021 interview with Politico that she decided to leave because she could not support Trump’s proclamation of a stolen election.
“I was not comfortable being part of sharing this message with the public that the election results could go in another direction,” she said. “I didn’t see that was where the facts were.”
Farah Griffin also testified ahead of the Jan. 6 congressional hearings in June and put former aide Cassidy Hutchinson in touch with Rep. Liz Cheney, according to Farah Griffin.
On January 6, 2021, she encouraged Trump to condemn the insurgency at the Capitol in a tweettelling the president, “You’re the only one they’ll listen to. For our country!”
Farah Griffin, 33, explained her political beliefs to Politico. “I identify as a constitutional conservative; someone who believes in limited government, free markets, a strong national defense budget, and ultimately that we should adhere to the Constitution,” he said. she stated. “But what’s dangerous is when you have such heightened rhetoric that’s so divisive and makes people feel like it’s us against them at all times rather than we’re one America; we’re a unified nation. .”
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McCain, 37, reflected on the factors that played into his decision to leave “The View” after four seasons in an interview with USA TODAY last October.
McCain clashed with his liberal counterparts, particularly Goldberg and Behar. On her second day back from maternity leave (after welcoming daughter Liberty in September 2020), Behar memorably told McCain, “I didn’t miss you. Zero.”
“I was just deeply humbled and heartbroken, and felt really worthless,” McCain said. “I felt like I wasn’t a great mom, and I wasn’t great at my job either. And then I countered what I was going through with postpartum anxiety, I had a panic attack in my office and I threw up, and I couldn’t stop crying, and that was just the catalyst for the end for me. That’s when I decided that I was leaving the series.
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