Abby Huntsman is exiting The View on a high note!
The conservative commentator signed off for good on Friday’s episode of the ABC morning show, but not before she addressed some of the rumors surrounding why she decided to break away from the panel.
As we reported, the 33-year-old was said to have made her decision, in part, because of “a soured relationship” between her and co-host Meghan McCain, who recently criticized Huntsman’s penchant for talking about her children on air in an op-ed for The New York Times.
While multiple sources said things between the two Republicans grew quite tense in the weeks leading up to Abby’s departure announcement, it appears they’ve since made amends: at the top of the hour, the TV personality made it clear that she has an undying respect for everyone on the program, and will walk away from this experience with new “friends” and old.
After some of her highlights played in a tribute package, Abby said:
“People go nuts with rumors on this show and this week has been no exception. I just want to be as clear as I possibly can, this has been a dream come true, this has been an incredible job, I do love everyone at this table… You guys see the ups and downs of all of our life, Meghan has been… you’ve seen what she’s been through in her life … you guys live it with us. It’s not easy for everyone to come out here and be so open and honest and talk about the hardest topics of the day. I have so much respect for everyone at this table and everyone at the show.”
“I want to make it clear as day, with everything that’s been written about this place, I’m so thankful for all the new friends I have here, for the friends I had before and still have and for the opportunity because this place has changed my life for the better.”
That exit statement is a MUCH different mood than what we’ve heard had been going on behind the scenes. Sources previously told CNN:
“Abby was sick of being berated by Meghan for perceived slights. She ultimately decided she didn’t need this job and it wasn’t worth it.”
McCain, for her part, clapped back by accusing CNN of sexist reporting, writing in a statement:
“I find it hard to believe that CNN would cover a story about men this way. Abby has been my friend for years and will always be my friend. I love her and her family very much.”
Sounds like there’s no drama here — at least not while the cameras are on! We’re not saying it’s the case here, but we do know it’s somewhat of a common practice for employers to encourage their staff to say “no hard feelings” when they leave. And usually when it happens, that’s how you know there WERE hard feelings. So…
Check out the clip (below) to see Abby’s emotional goodbye:
[Image via ABC]