In what should not be a surprise to much of anyone at the moment, Jedediah Bila is saying goodbye to The View. The announcement was made on this morning’s iteration of the ABC daytime talk show, and you can see a full video on that very subject below.
While there was a point in the show’s run where the panel was virtually solid like a rock, that has very much changed over time. The past few years in particular have seen almost a rotating panel of commentators, and Bila joins a long list of conservative panelists that includes Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Candice Cameron Bure.
Earlier this morning, the staff at The View put out a memo addressing Bila’s departure:
“As some of you heard this morning at our meeting, we have some bittersweet news to share. Jed is leaving our show, and today is her last day. She has new opportunities on the horizon, including her new book. She’s been a spirited voice at the table over the past year, asking smart questions and challenging us all to think. We want to thank Jed very much for all of her contributions and wish her great success with the next step in her career. She will always be part of The View family, and we’ll welcome her back to talk about her new projects. Please join us in thanking Jed for her hard work, her dedication and her voice at the table.”
Now, here is where the reporting gets all the more interesting. According to a report from CNN, former Fox News contributor Meghan McCain is in talks in order to join the panel, but that is not 100% confirmed as of this time. It may take a little bit of time still in order for everything to be confirmed here, or it could be almost immediate given that McCain only recently left her old post. One thing that we absolutely do know is that it would benefit The View to get her on the show as soon as possible. She’s a big name thanks to her TV experience and her father Senator John McCain, and the daytime show just started a new season. The earlier that you get her on board with the rest of the cast, the more likely it is going to be that she can develop chemistry. She is going to very much need that in order to remain on the panel for a long time. Otherwise, we could end up seeing the revolving door once again.
Once there is a little more news one way or another when it comes to the future of The View, we’ll have some additional news on that subject here.
What do you think about Jedediah Bila leaving The View, and do you think that McCain could be a worthy replacement? Be sure to share now in the comments! (Photo: ABC.)