‘The View’ formally provides ex-Trump staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin, co-host Ana Navarro

The rumors are true: Alyssa Farah Griffin, the previous director of strategic communications for the Trump administration, has changed Meghan McCain on ABC’s daytime speak present “The View.” However she isn’t the one one. The new conservative panelist may also be joined by fellow Republican and frequent panelist Ana Navarro, who was additionally formally named a co-host on Thursday.

Farah Griffin and Navarro be a part of “The View’s” longtime moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts Pleasure Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines on the panel, ABC mentioned, which is able to now have six seats moderately than 5. Goldberg additionally made the announcement on Thursday’s episode of the Emmy Award-winning collection, which was created by veteran broadcast journalist Barbara Walters in 1997 and highlights girls’s opinions on each day matters.

The appointments come nearly precisely a 12 months after McCain appeared on her final episode of “The View” and simply earlier than it launches its twenty sixth season in September.

”We promised to take a while to fill the seat and we’ve got discovered the correct match and a welcome addition to the present with Alyssa,” govt producer Brian Teta mentioned in a press release from ABC. “She is willing to share her unique political experience and brings a strong conservative perspective while holding her own in tough debates with her co-hosts and guests on both sides of the aisle.”

Farah Griffin, who can also be a CNN contributor, appeared on “The View” 29 instances final season after serving as a high spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, former Vice-President Mike Pence and the Pentagon from 2017 to 2020.

Neither of the ladies appear to be followers of Trump. Navarro has criticized the previous president repeatedly on this system and Farah Griffin give up his administration after the Jan. 6, 2021, rebel on the U.S. Capitol. She mentioned she has handled loss of life threats over the previous few years and “worked for an administration that I ended up speaking out against fervently and continue to do so daily,” the Related Press reported.

“I couldn’t be more honored and thrilled to join the ladies of ‘The View,’” Farah Griffin mentioned within the ABC assertion. “The show paved the way for women speaking up and speaking out on TV. At a time when our country is so divided, often on partisan lines, I’m honored to represent the conservative perspective. I hope to model what is too often lost by our elected leaders: learning from others, disagreeing respectfully, and focusing on finding real solutions for our country.”

In the meantime, there’s a social media marketing campaign to boycott “The View” due to Farah Griffin’s hiring, based on Decider.

Veteran panelist Navarro, who joined the present in 2015 as a contributor and appeared steadily as a visitor co-host since 2018, is taken into account one of many main political voices within the U.S. and was the nationwide Hispanic co-chair for late Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential marketing campaign. She can also be a political commentator on CNN and Telemundo, and can resume her duties at these networks, ABC mentioned.

“Ana has made an indelible impact on ‘The View’ since the first time she joined us at the table,” Teta added. “She is a strong independent thinker with savvy insight, not to mention that she is whip-smart and fiercely funny. We are very happy to officially welcome her as a co-host.”

“It’s been a long courtship, but we’re finally making it official,” Navarro mentioned. “I love being on the show, and I love living in Miami. I’m happy I will be able to do both.”

The collection additionally made headlines once more as Goldberg and conservative panelist (and former co-host) Elisabeth Hasselback debated reproductive rights throughout Hasselback’s return to the present as a visitor host Wednesday.

Hasselback left her seat at “The View’s” desk after co-hosting from 2003-2013.