The Daily Beast recently reported that Fox News contributor Lisa Marie Boothe was under consideration for a position on ABC’s The View.
However, the outlet cited inside sources as reportedly claiming her consideration was halted after Boothe made clear that she has no plans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Daily Beast noted that ABC and its parent company, Disney, currently mandate that all employees must be vaccinated.
What’s more, The View is filmed in New York City, which recently began requiring all private-sector workers to show proof of vaccination status.
“New York City will not give a single inch in the fight against COVID-19. Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic, and these are bold, first-in-the-nation measures to encourage New Yorkers to keep themselves and their communities safe,” Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said in a statement earlier this month.
In contrast with ABC, Fox News only requires vaccination for those employees who work at the company’s office in New York City, meaning Boothe is exempt as she is based in Miami, Florida.
Boothe explained the rationale behind her decision to remain unvaccinated in an opinion piece that was published by Newsweek in November.
“As a healthy 36-year-old woman, COVID-19 does not pose a statistically meaningful threat to my life. I have a 99.97 percent chance of survival,” she wrote at the time.
“Why would I get a vaccine for a virus that I do not fear and that isn’t a threat to my life — particularly when there is an element of risk from the vaccines?”
The Daily Beast explained that The View’s producers were looking at Boothe as a potential replacement for Meghan McCain, who had functioned as the show’s resident conservative.
Vanity Fair reported in July of this year that McCain would be departing from her role on the show despite two years remaining on her contract.
Although the magazine quoted a statement from McCain in which she attributed the decision to in large part to the birth of her daughter, it also cited sources as saying that McCain had grown tired of the constant conflict over her political views.