For roughly four years, Meghan McCain served as the one conservative voice on the predominately leftist panel of ABC’s The View.
She announced on Friday that her “wild ride” had come to an end, signing off for the last time from the long-running daytime talk show.
“The best of times and the worst of times”
According to the Daily Caller, the farewell came about a month after the daughter of late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) announced her plan to step away upon the end of the season.
Her remarks included expressions of gratitude toward her co-hosts as well as the show’s producers and other employees.
Describing the gig as a “privilege and honor,” McCain repeatedly expressed how “incredible” the experience has been.
“This has been a really wild ride, the past four years of my life,” she added. “It’s been, honestly, the best of times and the worst of times in all ways on and off this show.”
At the beginning of last month, McCain announced her impending departure, which she claimed was “not an easy decision” for her to make. She indicated that the reason stemmed from a desire to spend more time with her family.
“It really has been incredible”
When she made the announcement, she thanked not only her progressive colleagues but the other conservative commentators who came before her to serve as the lone dissenting political voice on the program. The list includes former co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Abby Huntsman.
.@MeghanMcCain shares her final words as co-host as she leaves @TheView: “Thank you all so much again for the privilege and honor it has been for the last four years to work on this show. It really has been incredible.”
— The View (@TheView) August 6, 2021
It is unclear whether McCain will continue to maintain a public figure in the future or if she plans to retreat into the private realm with her family and friends.
Also uncertain is who The View will pick to fill the show’s conservative seat.
As it currently stands, outspoken liberal co-hosts like Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg will certainly need someone to fill that role, sparking on-air debates that keep viewers engaged.