Abby Huntsman bids farewell to 'The View' in emotional speech: 'This has been a dream come true'
That’s a wrap for Abby Huntsman on The View.
The conservative panelist said goodbye to viewers and the Hot Topics table on Friday’s show with an emotional speech.
Huntsman praised her co-hosts and spoke highly of her time on the show, saying, “This has been a dream come true. This has been an incredible job.”
The co-host also posted a personal message to fans on Twitter:
A special message from @HuntsmanAbby to @TheView fans on her last day. 💕 pic.twitter.com/cuE9xZamqU
— The View (@TheView) January 17, 2020
Huntsman announced her plans to leave earlier in the week and said she’s going to going to shift her energies to helping out on her father’s gubernatorial run in Utah.
Her exit also comes amidst reports of a feud between her and fellow panelist Meghan McCain, which Huntsman appeared to allude to in her farewell.
“I just want to make it as clear as day — with everything that has been written about this place — that I am leaving so thankful for all the new friends that I have here, for all the friends that I had before and will still have,” said Huntsman.
She praised McCain, saying “Meghan has been — you see what she’s been through in her life — you guys live it with us, and it’s not easy every day to come out here and be so open and honest.”
McCain and Huntsman slammed reports of competition between each other in an interview with Yahoo in early November ahead of The View’s 5,000th episode.
“The media is nasty. They always want women to hate each other and not support each other,” said McCain at the time.
Huntsman’s departure follows the exits of previous co-hosts Sara Haines, Jedediah Bila, and Paula Faris, among others. A replacement for Huntsman has not yet been named publicly.
Co-host Joy Behar joked, “You can still change your mind.”
Viewers took to Twitter to echo Behar’s sentiment and wish the panelist the best of luck on her next chapter:
Abby you will be missed. I never cry when host leaves but I did today. Good luck 🍀
— Marie (MadMouthMom) (@mrdvsn8) January 17, 2020
@TheView Child @HuntsmanAbby. I think I actually teared up about Abby leaving! She seems to be an amazing classy centered women! Good Luck! Please come back and visit!!
— Freddi Vernell (@FreddiVernell) January 17, 2020
Abby, I was prepared to dislike you when you took Sarah's spot, but you have grown on me so much! We are total opposites politically but you're a great person. I can tell! Luck in everything in the future. God bless you & your gorgeous family💜
PS- I'm not crying, you're crying
— Paisley (@PaisleysTweets) January 17, 2020
But not everyone was sad to see Huntsman pack her bags:
Nobody cares for Abby! Bye Girl
— Rick (@Rick84261031) January 17, 2020
Abby lost me when she talked about all @Meghanmccain had been through. Those two don’t understand their privilege.
— PinkAmy Feld likes books, cats and naps (@AmyFeld) January 17, 2020
Good Riddance.,, Abby doesn’t need the money.. Now, she can go back to raising her kids ... AND PUTTING HER HEAD in the Sand
— KendraJade (@KendraJ40082884) January 17, 2020
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