With the looming departure of Meghan McCain from “The View,” ABC is scrambling to find a another right-leaning co-host and may be considering an even more extreme replacement, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The names of controversial media personalities being floated include Kimberly Guilfoyle, Megyn Kelly and Candace Owens, an “insider” ABC source told the Daily Mail.
“It’s chaos behind the scenes at ‘The View,’” the insider said. Joy Behar is “openly moaning” about the departure of McCain, her regular on-air enemy.
“Joy has only just realized that they could be getting someone much further right on the political spectrum than Meghan, who won’t put up with her crap,” the insider added.
Guest host Ana Navarro is vying for a permanent seat on the morning talk show, but the insider claims she won’t get the job because she was a vehement Trump critic, and the show is eager to attract a co-host who supported the former president, the insider said.
“We need to hire a Trump Republican to reach more of the available audience at home,” the insider said.
Critics of “The View” would be justified in wondering if ABC wants someone to replicate the drama that McCain regularly stirred up with her sometimes off-the-rails spats with her liberal counterparts, particularly with Behar and Whoopi Goldberg.
McCain, who aggravated many by regularly invoking the name of her late father, U.S. Sen. John McCain, announced that she was leaving “The View” at the end of this month. She said she was leaving for family reasons.
Guilfoyle’s name is in the mix to replace McCain because ABC tried to recruit her for “The View” several times when she was on Fox News, the insider added.
The ex-wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and former San Francisco deputy district attorney, would “be great as she would literally prosecute the other members of the panel every day of the week,” the insider said.
“The View” also garnered some of its highest ratings when Guilfoyle and her boyfriend, Donald Trump Jr., stopped by the show in 2019, the insider said.
Trump Jr. memorably got into a sparring match with Behar after challenging her over her admission that she wore blackface when she once dressed as a Black woman for Halloween. Whoopi Goldberg also reportedly admonished the audience during a commercial break because they booed Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle.
The couple prominently campaigned for Donald Trump in the 2020 election and are key proponents of the former president’s MAGA-world view. Guilfoyle has been called “MAGA-world’s Eva Peron” after she screamed out her speech endorsing Trump at the Republican National Convention.
The insider, however, didn’t address whether Guilfoyle’s Trump support could be too extreme, even for a ratings-hungry “The View.” Notably, Guilfoyle spoke at a rally preceding the Jan. 6 insurrection, urging attendees to “fight” to overturn the results of the election.
Guilfoyle could be a problematic hire in other ways. She has been the subject of reports in the New Yorker, Politico and a new book about how she talked or acted in sexually suggestive ways while campaigning for Trump and working at Fox News. Senior Trump campaign officials told Politco that Guilfoyle was “an H.R. nightmare,” while the New Yorker reported that Fox News paid a former assistant of Guilfoyle’s up to $4 million to avoid a trial over sexual harassment allegations.
Yet another issue is that Guilfoyle currently has a job as a top campaign adviser for scandal-plagued former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who is running for the U.S. Senate, a Politico Playbook column recently reported.
Meanwhile, Kelly’s name has been floated because she also is a former Fox News star who now stirs up drama with her comments on social media. The insider noted that Kelly recently announced a deal with Sirius XM to host a daily talk show, which could preclude her from joining “The View.”
Another issue with Kelly is that she’s known for hosting her own shows, with some observers saying that she probably likes to be the one and only star.
The Daily Mail report didn’t discuss the pros and cons of Owens joining the show. The author and political commentator is definitely pro-Trump, but, like Guilfoyle, she could be too extreme for “The View.”
Owens is known for spreading misinformation and stirring up partisan rancor, the New York Times reported last year. She has said controversial things about Adolf Hitler and nationalism, blasted Black Lives Matters, called George Floyd “a horrible human being,” downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic and had her Twitter account suspended last year after encouraging her followers to violate stay-at-home orders.