Jedediah Bila abruptly made the decision to leave The View on Monday, September 18, announcing on the program that today was her last day, to audible gasps from the audience. The notoriously conservative commentator did not give a specific reason why she was leaving other than an upcoming book she’s writing for HarperCollins, but made sure to smooth things over that there was no bad blood between herself and the rest of her co-hosts.
“I wanna thank these ladies,” she said. “What you don’t know about us is, these ladies, we’re really friends. Sunny’s texts, Whoopi, you’re my inspiration, Joy, when I need comedic relief, this is where I go, so we’re gonna be friends no matter what.” She continued, thanking the other women for “putting up with her” eccentricity. “I want to thank the viewers, even the ones who write me hate tweets, this is what I’m here for, I’m here to shake things up,” she said.
Apparently a memo went out the staff just this morning about Bila’s departure:
Bila joined The View as a permanent co-host for the show’s 20th season, after appearing in the capacity of guest host the previous season. Prior to joining The View, Bila worked as as a contributor on Fox News and a panelist on the show Outnumbered. There’s no word on who might replace her, but in the short term, at least, the ladies will be joined by former White House Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci later this week.
In the meantime, folks on Twitter are already speculating as to the reason for her sudden decision. We may never know!