The rumors are true: Alyssa Farah Griffin, the Trump administration’s former director of strategic communications, has replaced Meghan McCain on ABC talk show The View. But she’s not the only one. The new conservative panelist will also be joined by Republican and frequent panelist Ana Navarro, who was also officially named co-moderator on Thursday.
Farah Griffin and Navarro will join longtime The View host Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines on the panel, ABC said, which will now have six seats instead of five. Goldberg also made the announcement on Thursday’s episode of the Emmy Award-winning series created by veteran broadcast journalist Barbara Walters in 1997, which highlights women’s opinions on everyday issues.
The appointments come almost exactly a year after McCain appeared on her final episode of The View and just before season 26 begins in September.
“We promised to take a little time to fill the space, and we found the right match in Alyssa and a welcome addition to the show,” executive producer Brian Teta said in a statement from ABC. “Ready to share her unique political experience, she brings a strong conservative perspective while holding her own in tough debates with her co-hosts and guests on either side of the aisle.”
Farah Griffin, who is also a CNN contributor, made 29 appearances on The View last season after serving as the top spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence and the Pentagon from 2017 to 2020 .
None of the women appear to be Trump fans. Navarro has repeatedly criticized the former president on the show, and Farah Griffin left his administration after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot in the US Capitol. She said she has dealt with death threats for the last several years and “worked for a government that I ended up speaking out passionately against and continue to do so on a daily basis,” the Associated Press reported.
“I couldn’t be more honored and excited to join the ladies of ‘The View,'” Farah Griffin said in the ABC statement. “The show paved the way for women to speak up on television. At a time when our country is so divided, often partisan, I am honored to represent the conservative perspective. I hope to emulate what our elected leaders too often lose: learn from others, respectfully disagree, and focus on finding real solutions for our country.”
Meanwhile, according to Decider, there’s a social media campaign to boycott The View over the hiring of Farah Griffin.
Veteran panelist Navarro, who joined the show as a contributor in 2015 and has been a frequent guest co-host since 2018, is recognized as one of the leading political voices in the United States and was the national Hispanic co-chair of the late Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign She is also a political commentator at CNN and Telemundo and will resume duties at those networks, ABC said.
“Ana has had a lasting influence on ‘The View’ since she first came to our table,” added Teta. “She’s a strong, independent thinker with adept insights, not to mention whip-smart and hilarious. We are delighted to officially welcome them as co-hosts.”
“It’s been a long promotion but we’re finally making it official,” Navarro said. “I love being on the show and I love living in Miami. I’m glad I can do both.”
The series also made headlines again when Goldberg and conservative panelist (and former co-host) Elisabeth Hasselback debated reproductive rights during Hasselback’s return to the show as guest host Wednesday.
Hasselback left her seat at The View’s table after co-hosting from 2003 to 2013.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-08-04/the-view-alyssa-farah-griffin-ana-navarro-conservative-co-hosts-abc ‘The View’ officially adds ex-Trump staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin, co-host Ana Navarro