Former Fox News contributor turned “The View” panelist Jedediah Bila announced her departure from the show yesterday. “So, this is my last day at ‘The View’ and I want to thank these ladies,” she announced on the air. “What you don’t know about us, these ladies, we’re friends. Sunny’s texts, Sara, Whoopi, you’re my inspiration. Joy, when I need comedic relief, this is where I go. So we’re going to be friends no matter what.”
She confirmed that she’ll be writing a book that’ll be released next year. “There’s some good stuff on the way,” she said. “I just have to map it out a little bit.”
No replacement has been named for Bila, leading some to speculate regarding the seemingly abrupt nature of her departure. According to a Page Six report:
Jedediah Bila shocked audiences when she departed “The View” on Monday — and
according to a source, this sudden departure may have something to do with Hillary Clinton.
Clinton was on the show last Wednesday promoting her book “What Happened,” with conservative Bila calling her “tone deaf” and asking the former presidential candidate a tough question.
“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,” Bila said to Clinton. “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,” Clinton answered.
“There was a lot of staff who were upset about how that interview was handled,” says the source, speculating that “The View” wants the former secretary of state to appear on the show multiple times. “They had a lot to say to Jedediah about calming things down.”
Show reps deny Bila’s exit had anything to do with the Clinton interview, telling Page Six, “Jed asked good questions during that interview, and the producers were really pleased with how she handled it.”
Page Six claims that Meghan McCain is on the list of potential replacements. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that Bila will take McCain’s spot in return.