Meghan McCain announces she is leaving 'The View': 'This was not an easy decision'

Meghan McCain is stepping away from her daytime television spot on ABC's "The View."

The TV personality revealed she would be leaving the show after almost four years on Thursday's episode. The 36-year-old daughter of the late Arizona senator John McCain and Cindy McCain, joined the show as a conservative voice in 2017.

"I am just going to rip the Band-Aid off. I'm here to tell all of you, my wonderful co-hosts and the viewers at home that this is going to be my last season here at 'The View,' " McCain said.

She added she would continue to co-host until the end of July. McCain said the coronavirus pandemic "dramatically" changed the way she wants to live her life, which is one of the reasons she is leaving.

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"This was not an easy decision it took a lot of thought and counsel and prayer and talking to my family and close friends," McCain said.

She also shared that she didn't want to join the show when she was originally given the opportunity, but her dad encouraged her to pursue it.

"He was right, it was one of the last things he told me to do before he died," she said.

ABC News thanked McCain for the "passion" and "unique voice" in a statement to USA TODAY.

"For the past four years, Meghan McCain has brought her fierce determination and vast political knowledge and experience. … We wish the best for Meghan as she plans her next chapter."

McCain did not announce any future plans for after "The View" and ABC has not shared who will be replacing her for the next season. McCain joins a list of former Fox News hosts who have left the ABC show including her predecessor Jedediah Bila, Abby Huntsman, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

McCain's departure may not be a huge surprise. In July 2019, there were reports that McCain was leaving the show after she repeatedly garnered attention for on-air battles with some of her fellow "View" co-hosts, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg.

McCain hinted at her discontent during a heated exchange with Behar a month earlier, revealing that, "It's not a fun job for me every day … being the sacrificial Republican."

Still, she was able to joke about their tiffs during her announcement Thursday: "I will still be here another month, so if you guys want to fight a little bit more we got four more weeks."

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Meghan McCain announced she will be leaving her seat on "The View."
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McCain often made headlines for her comments on the show.

In March, her comments on identity politics went viral following her exchange with co-hosts about Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill who said she would not support President Joe Biden's non-diverse nominees until he appointed more Asian Americans to his Cabinet.

"I think the question Democrats have to reconcile with right now is whether or not race and gender are more important than qualification," McCain said. "We're talking about is identity politics more important than qualifications of a job and I think that's a question going forward that the progressive left is going to have to reconcile."

A few days before her comments on identity politics, McCain apologized on Twitter for past comments that supported Trump's usage of racist terms like "China virus" when referencing COVID-19.

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"I condemn the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian-American community," McCain tweeted. "There is no doubt Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric fueled many of these attacks and I apologize for any past comments that aided that agenda."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Meghan McCain leaving 'The View:' 'This was not an easy decision'