There have been numerous reports of friction between the co-hosts on “The View”, and Abby Huntsman’s abrupt exit from the show has been surrounded by rumours of escalating tensions with co-host Meghan McCain.
With Friday’s edition of the show marking Huntsman’s final appearance, she took the opportunity to address those on set scandal head-on and set the record straight.
“People go nuts with rumours on this show and this week has been no exception,” she said following a clip package featuring some of her most memorable moments on the show.
“I just want to be as clear as I possibly can,” she declared, “this has been a dream come true, this has been an incredible job, I do love everyone at this table.”
She added: “You guys see the ups and downs of all of our life, Meghan has been… you’ve seen what she’s been through in her life… you guys live it with us. It’s not easy everyone to come out here and be so open and honest and talk about the hardest topics of the day. I have so much respect for everyone at this table and everyone at the show.”
Huntsman continued, downplaying rumours of behind-the-scenes turmoil. “I want to make it clear as day, with everything that’s been written about this place, I’m so thankful for all the new friends I have here, for the friends I had before and still have and for the opportunity because this place has changed my life for the better,” she said.
Earlier this week, CNN reported that numerous insiders described a “toxic culture” at “The View”, detailing Huntsman’s “soured relationship” with McCain, a longtime friend.
“Abby was sick of being berated by Meghan for perceived slights. She ultimately decided she didn’t need this job and it wasn’t worth it,” a source told CNN.
McCain, however, fired back by blasting CNN’s report as sexist. “I find it hard to believe that CNN would cover a story about men this way,” she said in a statement. “Abby has been my friend for years and will always be my friend. I love her and her family very much.”