Abby Huntsman Leaving ‘The View’ After 1.5 Years: Focusing On Dad’s Political Campaign

Abby Huntsman is saying goodbye to the Hot Topics table. The longtime ‘The View’ cohost announced that she’s leaving the talk show after 1.5 years to focus on getting her dad, John Huntsman, elected in Utah.

Abby Huntsman, 33, announced on January 13 that she’s leaving The View to focus on helping her father’s political campaign. Abby, once a Fox News Channel correspondent, served as a co-host on the longtime ABC talk show for 1.5 years, alongside Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain, her longtime best friend. Her departure comes after Abby’s father, Jon Huntsman, the former US ambassador to Russia, announced that he’s running for governor in Utah. Abby will be assisting with his election campaign. The View started off their January 13 episode with Abby’s announcement, as she thanked her co-hosts and viewers at home for “being on this journey” with her.

“Today I say goodbye. It’s something that I thought for a long time about. This panel’s special, and I’m so thankful for you and this opportunity. As you know, my number one priority has always been my family. I was asked months ago by my dad to come run his campaign as he runs for governor in Utah. There’s nobody I believe in more right now than my dad, to run in politics. I couldn’t be more excited to help someone I love. It’s not often you get these opportunities in life. I never thought I’d be sitting at this table. I love all of you here. I just want to give a big thank you to you guys — I love you. I’m so thankful for this opportunity, and so thankful for the next chapter.”

The View will not be replacing Abby for the time being, according to our sister site, Variety. Instead, they’ll have a rotating panel of co-hosts, much as they did after former co-host Sara Haines‘ departure in 2018. Abby noted that she may return to the show after the gubernatorial primary in June 2020, but nothing has been decided.

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