2020 has already become the year of the Markle exit, as Abby Huntsman is also putting her mental health first after enduring an apparently toxic workplace at The View.
As we reported, the conservative commentator announced on Monday that she was leaving the ABC daytime talk show on which she’s co-hosted since 2018. While she tried to keep it cordial on camera, telling viewers the reason for her exit was her wanting to help out on her father Jon Huntsman Jr.’s gubernatorial campaign, sources have come out saying there’s more to the story.
According to CNN, Abby’s decision to leave the show comes after she complained about a “troubled culture” and, unsurprisingly, “recent tensions between her and co-host Meghan McCain.”
Half a dozen people who spoke to CNN Business corroborated that claim, alleging that Abby’s recently had to put up with a “toxic work environment, including a soured relationship between Huntsman and McCain. The dispute with McCain was just one factor in Huntsman’s feeling that she should leave.”
But it wasn’t by any means a small factor. People who witnessed the duo’s strained relationship told the outlet that the two “were allies behind the scenes until recently, when there was a dispute between the two women.”
Interestingly enough, this so-called “dispute” all came down to Abby’s penchant for talking about her kids on the morning program. Apparently, tensions between the two skyrocketed after John McCain’s daughter penned an op-ed in The New York Times about her miscarriage, in which she wrote that Abby’s “child-centric chats were insensitive.”
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While some sources have claimed the two have since made amends, other insiders who are familiar with the dispute shared:
“Abby was sick of being berated by Meghan for perceived slights. She ultimately decided she didn’t need this job and wasn’t worth it.”
Whether or not grievances have been aired off air, the two seemed to be on amicable enough terms on camera. During Monday’s exit, Meg wished her (former?) friend “nothing but the best on her next chapter,” adding:
“I think leading a gubernatorial campaign is a really good reason to leave the show. We all love you so much.”
Meanwhile, a source told E! News the truth lies somewhere in the middle, spilling:
“Abby leaving was really over legitimate reasons to work with her father, but there was overall dysfunction that was prominent at the show for a long time.”
The 33-year-old journalist’s last day on the program will be Friday, January 17. Let’s hope Meg can keep her cool until then!
Ch-ch-check out the clip (below) for Abby’s departure announcement in full.
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