Former “Fox & Friends” co-host Abby Huntsman will join ABC’s “The View.”
Huntsman was named as the newest co-host for Season 22 on Tuesday, joining Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain on set. She will replace Sara Haines, who exited the ABC talk show to join Michael Strahan on the upcoming third hour of “Good Morning America,” called “GMA Day.”
With Huntsman’s arrival, “The View” panel will have two conservative co-hosts — Huntsman and McCain — for the first time in its history. McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, who died earlier this week, joined “The View” in September 2017 and replaced former conservative co-host, Jedediah Bila.
“We have an exciting season ahead of us and are thrilled to welcome Abby Huntsman to ‘The View’,” said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, senior executive producer. “She brings her unique life and professional experiences and has a smart, relatable and distinctive point of view on everything from pop culture to politics to parenthood. We can’t wait to return to the Hot Topics table with Abby joining our panel of incredibly talented women whose diverse voices have always played a significant role in the national conversation.”
“I couldn’t be more be excited to return to my professional roots at ABC News,” said Huntsman in a statement. “I look forward to adding my own point of view to the most interesting and successful talk show on television today. Joining the women at ‘The View’ really is a dream come true!”
Prior to Huntsman and McCain, the only previous outwardly conservative co-host was Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck often sparred with the other members of the panel and chided them even when she left “The View” for “Fox & Friends” in 2013.
Huntsman began her journalism career at ABC News and “Good Morning America” as a political commenter in 2012.
The new season of “The View” premieres Sep. 4.