On Sept. 18, Jedediah Bila, the noted conservative co-host on an otherwise liberal panel of women, unexpectedly announced she would be departing from “The View.”
According to reports, though, she might not have left on the best of terms. The New York Post’s Page Six reported that after an interview with Hillary Clinton on Sept. 13, network executives weren’t pleased with one of her hard-hitting questions.
Bila, like her fellow co-hosts, questioned the former presidential candidate on her latest book “What Happened”:
“To be fair, it hasn’t just been Republicans who have taken issue with the writing of this book. Some Democrats have come out as well. Former campaign surrogates of yours, former fundraisers and said, ‘This book puts us in the past and we wanna move forward, we wanna figure out where to take this party, how to succeed in the future. And this places us in the past.’ How do you respond to Democrats also coming out in criticism of you writing this?”
To which Clinton responded:
“I think they first should read the book.”
One source told Page Six the show’s producers probably want Clinton to come back again and wanted the hosts’ behavior to make her feel welcomed:
“There was a lot of staff who were upset about how that interview was handled. They had a lot to say to Jedediah about calming things down.”
Page Six was then told Bila “left on her own accord,” and her interview with Clinton had nothing to do with it. And their announcement of her departure on air seemed indicative to that point:
“As some of you heard this morning at our meeting, we have some bittersweet news to share. Jed is leaving our show, and today is her last day. She has new opportunities on the horizon, including her new book.
She’s been a spirited voice at the table over the past year, asking smart questions and challenging us all to think. We want to thank Jed very much for all of her contributions and wish her great success with the next step in her career. She will always be part of ‘The View’ family, and we’ll welcome her back to talk about her new projects. Please join us in thanking Jed for her hard work, her dedication and her voice at the table.”
Now, however, her replacement has been announced, and it doesn’t look like NBC is giving up a conservative voice on “The View” any time soon. According to Variety, Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), has just signed on with the show.
Earlier in September, Meghan tweeted she’d be leaving her role at Fox News for “other things”:
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 15, 2017
And fans finally know what she meant. According to reports, she won’t be starting until October, but only time will tell how long she’ll last on the Emmy Award-winning panel.