Earlier this week, Jedediah Bila, the only conservative woman on “The View,” announced that she is leaving the show. According to reports, her departure may have something to do with a recent Hillary Clinton interview they just did.
During the interview, Clinton, who appeared on “The View” while on a book tour to promote her new memoir, What Happened, which is about her 2016 election loss, was asked a series of softball questions by the all of the co-hosts except for Bila, who pushed back against Clinton when she mentioned that Republicans have taken issue with her writing the book. “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,” noted Bila.
To clarify, she said, “former campaign surrogates of yours, former fundraisers and 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 because…it’s not just about the past,” answered Clinton. “For example, the Russians are still messing with our Democracy and they will be as aggressive as they can get away with,” she explained, noting, “[the Russian interference in our election is] not a Republican or Democratic issue…If they think they can destabilize us, which is Putin’s principal goal — he wants to undermine…our democracy [and] our alliance with the western democracies — if he can succeed in that, we are all going to be worse off.”
Although the interview appeared to go smoothly on camera, an anonymous source close to the show revealed to reporters that, behind the scenes, people were furious. “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,” stated the source, who believes that the producers of the show want Clinton to be a frequent guest.
“We’re told that Bila was signed on for the full season but ‘she left on her own accord.’ 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,” the source added.
However, when asked about Bila’s resignation, a spokesperson for the show denied that the Clinton interview had anything to do with her leaving the show and claimed that her questions were actually well-received behind the scenes. “Jed asked good questions during that interview, and the producers were really pleased with how she handled it,” mentioned the spokesperson.
Shortly after Bila left the show, the show’s Senior Executive Producer, Hilary Estey McLoughlin, and its two co-executive producers, Candi Carter and Brian Teta, sent a memo to “The View” staff informing them of her decision. “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,” they wrote in the memo.
“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,” they continued, noting, “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.”
As of now, representatives for Bila have declined to comment. Although nothing is currently confirmed, John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, who is a former Fox News host, is currently in talks to possibly fill the vacant seat.
Hopefully, they’re able to find another conservative to replace Bila. Doing so will help ensure that some of their more absurd liberal ideas are challenged.