Meghan McCain Leaving ‘The View' After 4 Seasons

McCain will finish out this season and will still be with the co-hosts until the end of July

In this May 15, 2019, file photo, Meghan McCain appears as co-host of "The View."
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Meghan McCain is ready for a new view.

On Thursday, the conservative TV personality announced she'll be leaving "The View" after four seasons as a co-host.

McCain, who joined the show in 2017 after departing Fox News, said in a statement, "I'm here to tell all of you my wonderful co-hosts and the viewers at home that this will be my last season on 'The View.'" McCain will finish out this season and will still be with the co-hosts until the end of July.

The 36-year-old daughter of the late Sen. John McCain has had a bumpy ride on the show since returning from maternity leave in January. In fact, during one on-air exchange, fellow co-host Joy Behar told McCain she "did not miss" her while she was away.

Days later, McCain appeared on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" to discuss the tension.

"So it's been such a rough reentry back into 'The View,'" McCain, who welcomed daughter Liberty in September, admitted to Andy Cohen. "I had a really hard time getting back to work--I thought I would be back to work by the election...It's just been a lot."

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Though she stopped short of suggesting she'd be surrendering her seat at the table. "I will say I missed everyone, even if some people didn't miss me," she noted. "I miss the show. We're a family. All these women were at my dad's funeral. We've been through a lot of s--t together, and I miss being on the show, and I hope that we can all be examples--myself included--for where the country should go forward."

At the time, McCain said she wasn't "going anywhere," but now the time has come for her to start a new journey. "It is not easy to leave," she said on Thursday, "but this felt like the right decision."

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