Paula Faris leaving The View after three years; ABC News boss reacts

Marie OsmondThere are more behind-the-scenes changes over at The View; this time around, Paula Faris is leaving the daytime series after three seasons. Yet, she is not leaving ABC News altogether.

Per a new report from Variety, the reporter and host is leaving both this show and the Good Morning America weekend edition in order to work on more in-depth reports and interviews for the network, ones that could have larger staying power and consequence. She could still contribute to GMA in some capacity, which is pretty standard as a reporter and interviewer. Given that she did just sign a new contract, it feels pretty darn clear that Faris isn’t going to be going anywhere in the new future.

In a new statement, here is what ABC News President James Goldston had to say about the move:

“To have time to cover stories in-depth, Paula will leave the weekend editions of GMA and The View at the end of this season … In four years at weekend GMA and three seasons at the Hot Topics table, Paula has played an important role at both shows, offering an insightful and intelligent take on the big stories of the day.  She’s been instrumental to their success.”

Of course, the show is going to go on for The View following this latest change, largely because this is the sort of stuff that the news series is pretty darn familiar with at this point. Turnover is a fairly common occurrence over the past several years — sometimes, it’s for chemistry reasons, and at other points, it’s simply a matter of someone wanting to move on in order to try other things. Faris lasted longer than many other recent panelists have, and that suggests (at least to us) that this was an exit generated mostly by some of her own wishes.

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