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Abby Huntsman (left) announced her departure from The View talk show on Monday, Jan. 13. She said she quit the show to join her father's gubernatorial campaign.
But a source tells Page Six the real reason for her abrupt departure was the simmering tension between Meghan McCain (right) and her fellow co-hosts.
"It's an unhealthy environment - just the way that things are handled during shows and how people deal with each other," said the insider. "It's intense."
The source continued: "Abby made an issue [to executives] about the overall environment. She's felt for a while that things had to change. ABC treated Abby like s--t, but everyone on the show gets treated like --t. She was smart enough to do something about it."
The insider said longtime co-host Whoopi Goldberg has also complained about the negative environment created by McCain on the set.
A second insider said that Huntsman described the environment as "toxic."
According to Page Six, Huntsman joined The View a year ago, around the same time McCain was hired.
But Huntsman made her decision to quit in December after seeing how McCain treated the other co-hosts.
"None of the ladies talk to Meghan now," a source told Page Six. "Abby was the last woman standing. It's bad. Meghan's so rude."
Meghan McCain opened up after Whoopi Goldberg told her to shut up during Monday's episode of the daytime talk show The View.
The two co-hosts argued briefly about President Trump's impeachment process during Monday's episode when Whoopi, 64, snapped and told Meghan, "Girl, please stop talking. Stop talking right now!"
A stunned Meghan responded, "No problem. I won't talk for the rest of the show."
The tense exchange sparked heated debates on Twitter.com, as viewers took sides. Many said Whoopi was out of line to disrespect her co-host who has every right to her opinion.
Meghan took to Twitter.com to defend herself, saying:
"[Democrats] and [Republicans] alike need to confront the ugly truth: both parties are failing to be impartial jurors. I won't be quiet, even if the reality reflects poorly on the entire political establishment. I have a responsibly to speak for the 50% that feels media doesn't represent them."
"Pointing out things that are true is part of my job even if it angers people and even if it's politically inconvenient."
She then tweeted a series of polls, noting that 50% of Americans want Trump impeached.
"Pretending half the country doesn't exist won't make them disappear. The culture war is real, and Americans who aren't part of the overwhelmingly anti-conservative media deserve to have their views represented."
On Tuesday morning, Meghan, 35, posted a GIF from the HBO series "Games of Thrones". She captioned the GIF "Good morning - to all the fellow conservative 'girls' who won't be quiet."
Meghan is the daughter of the late Senator John McCain, who was a vocal anti-Trump critic until his death in August 2018 at age 81.
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Whoopi Goldberg snapped at The View's audience members for booing during a guest appearance by Donald Trump, Jr. on Thursday. Don Jr. stopped by The View with his fiancée, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Goldberg and her co-hosts were uneasy after the mostly pro-Trump crowd began booing during the question and answer session.
According to The Hollywood Reporter journalist, who was invited to sit in the audience, Whoopi yelled, "The booing is fucking us up," during a commercial break.
"It's messing with everyone's mic. You can grimace and all that. All we hear is booing," she added.
THR reported that the front row was stocked with Trump supporters, including a man wearing a Trump hat who asked, "Who killed [Jeffrey] Epstein?" during a commercial break at the end of the show.
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Epstein, a billionaire financier and America's most prolific child molester, died of suicide by hanging in his jail cell earlier this year. He is pictured with President Trump in 1997.
Many believe Epstein was killed to protect high-profile pedophiles.
Bella Thorne broke down in tears after The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg shamed her for leaking her own nudes on social media.
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Tiffany Haddish (front) struck a jailhouse pose with the cast of Tyler Perry's latest film 'Nobody’s Fool' at the World Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City on Sunday.
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Tempers flared on the set of ABC's The View after Judge Jeanine Pirro told co-host Whoopi Goldberg she was suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome".
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Mo'Nique's career isn't dead in the water. The comedian and actress visited ABC's The View on Thursday to explain why she called for a Netflix boycott. The 50-year-old actress accused Netflix of racial and gender bias after she was offered millions less than her comedic counterparts.
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Rumored couple Cardi B and Offset Migos posed for photos at the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Spring/Summer 2018 Collection at Park Avenue Armory during NY Fashion Week on Sunday in New York City.
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Singers Kelly Rowland and Seal Samuel celebrated singer/songwriter Boy George's 56th birthday at a party in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday. The singers are coaches on The Voice Australia.
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Tiffany Trump gladly accepted Whoopi Goldberg's invite to sit next to her at New York Fashion Week events.
According to the NY Daily News, President Donald Trump's youngest daughter was rudely snubbed by hateful fashion editors -- most of whom are Hillary Clinton supporters.
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Actress Rosie Perez announced her decision to quit ABC's The View today. The 50-year-old former dancer and activist broke down as she bid farewell to 2 of her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace.
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The fallout continues amid allegations of sexual misconduct by America's beloved comedian Bill Cosby.
According to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, a Disney World spokesman announced today that a bronze bust of Bill Cosby will be removed from the Hollywood Studios attraction at the theme park in Orlando, Florida.
It should be noted that Disney has frequently come under fire for over-sexualizing animation characters that influence children.
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As predicted, ABC just announced Raven-Symoné is the new permanent co-host of popular daytime talk show The View. Raven-Symoné, who is openly gay, will join longtime co-host and moderator Whoopi Goldberg, along with newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.
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Pregnant socialite Kim Kardashian showed off her stylish maternity wear at LAX airport in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Kim and her husband, rap musician Kanye West, are rumored to be expecting twins. This means she probably conceived through vitro fertilization. This is when a fertility doctor implants multiple fertilized eggs in a woman's uterus in the hopes that one or 2 will hatch, resulting in multiple births. This type of pregnancy is even riskier than her first. If you recall, Kim suffered from pre-eclampsia, a potentially deadly pregnancy complication. Instead of carrying one placenta that might kill her, she's carrying two. Be well, Kim.
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Comedian turned TV talk show host Mo'Nique became only the fourth black woman in history to win a coveted Oscar award last night during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held in Hollywood. The other 3 actresses to win Academy awards are Hattie McDaniel (the first black male or female to win an Oscar), Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson.
Mo'Nique, who won for her searing dramatic portrayal of an abusive welfare mother in 'Precious', also became the first stand up comedienne to win an Oscar. After a rumored falling out with down low director Lee Daniels, Mo'Nique, 42, refused to help promote the film last year leading to speculation that she wanted to be paid to promote the film along with co-stars Gabourey Sidibe and Mariah Carey.
Some say it may have been Daniels diva attitude and egomania that cost him the Oscar. Backstage at the Indie Awards on Friday, Daniels said, "We've won already," when asked about his Oscar chances.
Mo'Nique's deliberate omission of Daniels' name in her acceptance speech drew this side eye glance from veteran actor Samuel Jackson which lit up Twitter.com last night and became a trending topic.
Sadly, Sidibe, 26, failed in her bid to become the youngest Oscar winner in the Best Actress category for her leading role in 'Precious'. It just wasn't her time as she lost to Sandra Bullock who took home the trophy for her heartfelt performance in the tearjerker 'The Blind Side.'
Bullock also won a Razzie for the same performance, and made history by becoming the first actress to win both the Razzie and an Oscar on the same weekend.
Surprisingly, a movie that nobody saw, 'The Hurt Locker' upset 'Avatar' for the Best Picture Oscar. In what will certainly be viewed as a snub to the legendary director, James cameron -- his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, won the Oscar for best director. Cameron, who sat behind Bigelow, said, "Yes, yes" and gave her a standing ovation as she accepted her first ever Oscar.
I'm sorry, but Whoopi Goldberg is a moron. Today, she insulted the intelligence of good people everywhere by suggesting that what director Roman Polanski did to a 13-year-old girl 30 years ago "wasn't rape-rape." What the F is rape-rape?
The girl was 13-years-old and being plied with drugs and alcohol by a grown man. But Whoopi suggests that the sex between the child and the 46-year-old Polanski was consensual.
Whoopi argues the point that the world doesn't share our uncompromising views on child molestation and therefore WE are behind the times.
Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland last week and is awaiting extradition. There is no statute of limitations on child molestation charges.
The Oscars finally issued an apology to Whoopi Goldberg for omitting her from it's Oscar montage. The omission left Whoopi in tears on the set of the View the day after the Academy Awards aired.
It was "an absolute oversight," the award show's producer told People magazine.
"No harm was intended, and I feel very, very badly that she was left out," Gil Cates said Tuesday. "I'm going to call her and tell her that."Although described as a montage of hosts, the piece shown at Sunday night's telecast on ABC was actually "supposed to be a montage of 80 exciting moments of the Academy Awards" culled from hundreds of hours of footage, says Cates. "Basically, that was not a montage about hosts."
He noted that former host Steve Martin also wasn't in the montage.
Music producer Stevie J., real name Stevie Jordan, is engaged to Whoopi Goldberg's daughter Alexandria Martin. Both have made trips down the aisle with previous partners.
The couple, who has dated on and off for the last six years, got engaged in December 2007 after he presented her with a diamond engagement ring and matching bracelet. "I'm to the place right now in my life where I am fully happy with the man I have become. I know none of this would be possible without God first and a beautiful partner like Alex. I am looking forward to planning out a great life for us," said the groom-to-be, before adding: "And she can cook a mean f----g steak!" (Source)