On Monday’s episode of “The View,” co-host Jedediah Bila made a shocking announcement. She said she would be departing the mostly liberal-leaning panel. What makes her departure more interesting is that the women from “The View” recently interviewed failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and one source reportedly said that interview may have had something to do with Bila’s departure.
In 2013, Bila was hired at Fox News as a contributor. In 2014, she became a panelist on the talk show “Outnumbered” on the same network. She joined “The View” on ABC in August 2016, becoming a permanent panelist in Season 20.
On Monday’s show, just over a year after joining the panel full-time, the registered Independent said, “So, this is my last day at ‘The View.’”
“This has just been an amazing journey and I appreciate all of you,” Bila continued. “I want to thank the viewers, even the ones that write me hate tweets.”
Bila said she is currently writing a book and working on other projects.
Of note, Hillary Clinton was on the show last Wednesday to promote her book, “What Happened.” Bila, 38, has stated that she is not a Democrat or a Republican; on Twitter, she announced she has a “strong libertarian streak,” and has described herself as a conservative libertarian.
During the interview with Clinton, Bila was critical of Hilary’s book offering.
“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,” Bila said to Clinton. “Former campaign surrogates of yours, former fundraisers 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?”
“I think they first should read the book,” Clinton answered.
Later, Bila said Clinton showed “some tone-deafness” about why she lost the election, specifically, when it came to the “frustration” of voters over rising Obamacare costs around the country and President Obama’s refusal to say the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
According to Page Six, a source told them: “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.”
According to the source, producers of “The View” want Clinton to come back to the show multiple times. In courting Clinton, according to the speculation, dissension regarding her value as a guest would be counterproductive to future appearances.
No one from Bila’s camp has commented; however, Bila was reportedly signed on for the full season. “She left on her own accord,” the source reportedly told Page Six. “There were some things making her uncomfortable behind the scenes, but she loves the cast. She seems to be looking forward to sharing her view in a world where there seems to be only one worldview.”
Bila was critical of Clinton before the latest interview with the former senator and secretary of state. In fact, she lashed out at her in a recent Twitter post.
When a quote from Clinton’s book was revealed, in which Clinton said her “skin crawled” when now President Donald J. Trump loomed over her during the second presidential debate, Bila tweeted out: “Did it crawl when you went to his 2005 wedding?”
Did it crawl when you went to his 2005 wedding? https://t.co/AV7IId6Tj4
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) August 23, 2017
According to show representatives, Bila’s exit was not the result of the Clinton interview. “Jed asked good questions during that interview, and the producers were really pleased with how she handled it,” said “show reps,” according to Page Six.
Hilary Estey McLoughlin, the executive in charge of the show, as well as its two executive producers, Candi Carter and Brian Teta, sent a note to “The View” staff Monday morning. It read:
“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.”
According to reports, Meghan McCain, who just recently resigned from Fox News, may be talking to “The View” about joining the panel.
The interview with Clinton may be watched below, as well as Bila’s announcement of her departure.
I started out with a libertarian streak. Then I had highlights. Now I’m pretty close to a full-on libertarian dye job.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) January 28, 2014
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