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Former Fox News host Meghan McCain to join ABC's 'The View'

Meghan McCain is reportedly set to join "The View." (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Meghan McCain is reportedly set to join "The View." (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Former Fox News personality Meghan McCain is joining the ladies of "The View."

The "Blond Republican" -- her words, not ours -- and daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is said to have signed on as a regular co-host of the ABC daytime talker, according to Variety. She'll replace conservative voice Jedediah Bila, who announced her exit last week.

ABC declined to confirm or comment Thursday on McCain's casting.

The new gig comes on the heels of McCain signing off of Fox News' "Outnumbered" in the wake of her father's brain cancer diagnosis. Before joining Fox News, she co-hosted the Pivot Network’s "TakePart Live" and has contributed to publications such as the Daily Beast, Newsweek and Time. Like her father, she often deviates from the GOP line on issues, including same-sex marriage and climate change.

McCain is expected to start in early October, Variety said, and will be joining panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Paula Faris and Sunny Hostin.

"The View" has had its fair share of lineup changes over the years. Executive producer and former panelist Barbara Walters retired in 2014, and the show has included Rosie O'Donnell, Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez, Raven-Symoné, Michelle Collins and Candace Cameron Bure among its panelists.

McCain will be be the latest in the revolving door of conservative voices the show has introduced since the departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 2013. 

"The View" has seen improved ratings this month with big-name guests joining the panelists. On Sept. 13, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared on the program and helped "The View" notch its best ratings in a six-month period. Last Friday, the program scored its second-best telecast in five months with guest co-host Anthony Scaramucci's appearance.

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