7:59am PT by Rick Porter
Abby Huntsman Leaving 'The View'
The View co-host Abby Huntsman is stepping down from the ABC morning show.
Huntsman, who has been with The View since September 2018, is leaving the show to work with her father, Jon Huntsman, as he campaigns for Utah's governorship and to spend more time with family. She announced her departure on Monday's show.
"ABC has been my family for a long time and I am so thankful to have had a seat at the table on an iconic show like The View," Huntmsan wrote in a memo to the show's staff (read the full memo below). "After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for governor of Utah."
A former Fox News reporter and host of Fox and Friends Weekend, Huntsman told The Hollywood Reporter shortly after her View tenure began that she was excited to return to the place where she began her career. She was a news desk assistant at ABC News and assistant booker for Good Morning America before moving to on-air roles at HuffPost Live and MSNBC, then to Fox News.
"I feel really free in that I go in every morning and no one on that show tells me what to say, no one tells me what to think," she told THR. "I feel so lucky to have a job where I don't feel limited."
"We thank Abby for her unique, intelligent, insightful and relatable voice that she brought to the show both in front of and behind the camera," executive producers Hilary Estey McLoughlin, Candi Carter and Brian Teta said in a statement. "We will truly miss her and her great spirit professionally and personally. We will cheer her on as she embraces her family’s long history in public service, and we'll welcome her back to hear about her future projects."
When Huntsman joined The View, it marked the first time the show had featured two conservative-leaning women as co-hosts (Meghan McCain being the other). The show will not seek a permanent replacement for Huntsman immediately, opting instead for a rotating group of guest hosts.
Jon Huntsman, who previously was governor of Utah from 2005-09 and ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, is seeking a second term in the state's top office. He worked in both Bush administrations and was U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2017-19. Abby Huntsman will be a senior advisor on his campaign.
People first reported Huntsman's departure. Read her full memo to the View staff and watch her announcement below.
To the Best Team in TV,
ABC has been my family for a long time and I am so thankful to have had a seat at the table on an iconic show like The View. After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for governor of Utah.
You know I think the world of all of you. You’re some of the most talented, hard-working and genuine people I’ve ever worked with. The staff is the engine of the show and you never get enough credit for what you do. I applaud you and thank you for welcoming me to the family on day-one. You always made me look much better than I ever could have on my own. Thank you for believing in me and for all the laughs along the way.
ABC will always hold a special place in my heart, and so will all of you.
I hope you will be in my life for years to come.