The View’s Musical Chairs

Leave it to The View to shake up their cast days into the new season.  Last week, Jedediah Bila announced she was leaving the show – effective immediately.  While Bila had the balls to not say it was her choice, she also didn’t go so far as to say she was fired.  But make no mistake – she was pushed out the door.  Although the initial word on the street was the ABC brass axed her after asking Hillary Clinton some tough questions, that isn’t the case.  Days before Bila’s departure, Meghan McCain announced she was leaving Fox News.  The View has always wanted to bring McCain on as a permanent guest host because she is a high-profile conservative.  While Bila is also conservative, they feel her being a Libertarian was simply confusing.  They began clandestine negotiations with Meghan, which Bila got wind of.  She went to the top and asked if the McCain negotiations would affect her.  “Oh, you weren’t supposed to find out this way.”  Oops!  We hear the network graciously said Jed could stay with the show until the deal with McCain was finalized.  Instead, Jed opted to leave that day.  And so, as has happened many times in the past, Jedediah Bila said all the right things, and just slipped away.  But not before hearing that View mantra – “You’re welcomed back anytime!”

Anyone looking for a graceful way to handle exiting co-hosts should look no further than The Talk.  Only a few weeks after Aisha Tyler left, she actually was welcomed back – and as a guest co-host.  Last week, she slid back into her old chair effortlessly and everything was smooth as silk.  Of course, she left of her own accord.

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