Candace Cameron Bure Leaving 'The View'

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Candace Cameron Bure

The 'Fuller House' star joins fellow co-host Raven-Symone in exiting the ABC daytime show.

Candace Cameron Bure is leaving The View, she announced on Thursday's show.

The Fuller House actress joins fellow former child star Raven-Symone in exiting the ABC daytime show.

Raven-Symone recently announced she'd be leaving by the end of 2016. Bure, who is based in Los Angeles, where Fuller House films and her family is, had been commuting to New York to co-host The View, often spending a few weeks with the ABC talk show and a few weeks off.

Indeed, Thursday's episode was her first in a few weeks and Bure said while she was "happy to be back," the return was "bittersweet" as she announced she's leaving the show.

Bure said it's just gotten to be too difficult to commute cross-country for The View and she wanted to be able to spend more time with her family.

"It wasn't an easy decision," the actress said of her move. "But before I started The View, I had already had my commitments to Fuller House and my work with The Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows.

"And the commute of going West Coast to East Coast every week for me has been tough on me and hard for my family as well," Bure continued. "And I want to make sure that I'm able to spend as much time with my children and invest in all of the projects that I do to the fullest extent."

She added later, "I tried to be Superwoman, but I'm going to not try anymore."

Bure particularly thanked co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar "for welcoming [her] to this table."

"I've learned so much from you and I'm so grateful for you," she said of the senior co-hosts. She also thanked co-hosts Sara Haines and Jedediah Bila, who were at the table on Thursday, as well as absent co-hosts Paula Faris, Raven-Symone and Sunny Hostin.

Bure's announcement comes just weeks after Raven-Symone announced she'd be leaving The View. The ABC talk show — which in recent years has had a revolving door of co-hosts — looked like it had achieved a bit of stability amid rumors of upcoming departures this summer as all of last year's hosts, minus Michelle Collins, who left last season, were returning for the series' 20th season.

Bure and Raven-Symone's exits leave a panel of moderator Goldberg and co-hosts Behar, Haines, Faris, Hostin and Bila.

After the season 20 premiere, co-executive producer Brian Teta told The Hollywood Reporter of the show's current group of co-hosts and rumors that certain ones might be leaving, "I think we're really lucky to have a deep bench. Our co-hosts are our co-hosts. They're not going anywhere. We're also able to bring in people like Jedediah Bila, who has a viewpoint that maybe was underrepresented on this show a little bit. There's a perception that our panel can be a little on the liberal side, and while that might not entirely be accurate, Jedediah has a strong libertarian point of view, which is a helpful thing to have. We have hosts that are very talented and have other things going on. Candace has Fuller House. Whoopi's doing dates all over the country. So when opportunities happen for them, we're able to find the best combination of women that are here to take care of The View."

Bure joined The View ahead of season 19 and said at the beginning of season 20 that the past year had given her "confidence" as opposed to dealing with "the unexpected" her first year.

"So that in and of itself is a big difference, to come in knowing exactly what I'm doing, exactly what to expect," she said. "We know the conversations can always turn in unexpected ways, but I'm not the rookie this year and that feels good."

Watch Bure announce her departure in the video below.

While Bure didn't announce the date of her last show in her Thursday announcement, she revealed at the end of Friday's show that that would indeed be her last episode.

And even though she's leaving the show as a full-time co-host, Bure said that that didn't mean she wouldn't return as a guest.

"[The staff has] told me that I'm welcome back anytime and I would love to come back," she said. "So I won't be a stranger."

When asked by Behar on Friday if she enjoyed her time on The View, Bure said, "Very, very much."

"I really have learned so much and I'll take it with me forever," she said. "This show is legendary and to think that I will have been a part of it is really incredible, so I'm very blessed and thankful for the opportunity that I had."

The departing co-host also delivered the show's signature goodbye: "Take a little time to enjoy the view."

She also insisted that she had told her mom that Friday would be her last show after she mentioned in an earlier segment that she forgot to tell her mom about her announcement on Thursday.

A deeply apologetic Bure said, "She texted me right after the first segment and she went, 'Wait I just got a Google alert. Is this fake news? Are you leaving? Or is this real?'"

"And I went, 'Mom, I'm so sorry.' I didn't tell anyone and I forgot," she added, revealing only her husband and kids knew about her news.

Dec. 9, 11:12 a.m. Updated with more information from Friday's View.

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