The View ended their week on a shocker, bringing back a surprise former host for Flashback Friday that left audiences speechless as she made her way back to the panel today. That surprise guest host was Abby Huntsman, who left the panel early last year after having only been on the show for around two years. Why, exactly, were folks shocked? Well, Huntsman has been making headlines in the past weeks for blasting the show’s “unbearable culture,” stating that she had to leave to “save” her mental health. With that logic, fans of the show were puzzled by her unexpected return.
As she returned to the table for more hot topics, giving co-host Joy Behar an unwanted hug as she did so, the former panelist shed a bit of light on her recent comments, explaining why she left the show.
“It’s fun to be back. I do miss so much of the show,” she said. “I’ve opened up more about why I left and when it happened. The problem with media today is it is so black and white. I’m a very nuanced person, as you guys know. My politics are nuanced, the way I live my life is more nuanced.”
While Huntsman was making her grand re-entrance, viewers of the talk show shared in their confusion over her return. “Surprise, surprise. Abby Huntsman has returned for one day,” one viewer tweeted. “Kind of shocked given what she said about her time on the show.”
#TheView Surprise, surprise. Abby Huntsman has returned for one day.
Kind of shocked given what she said about her time on the show.
— Mohammed Olokode (@MohammedOlokod2) November 19, 2021
“My journey on the show wasn’t one extreme or the other,” Huntsman said. “There were some tough days, and there were some executives here at the time and people here at the time who made too many of my days too difficult. All of them are gone. You guys lived a lot of that with me. I think all of them are gone.”
Ouch. The View audiences, of course, noted the shade, taking to social media to point out what had just been said. “Wonder who Abby talking about that’s she’s glad they gone?” one user joked.
All in all, the reaction towards Huntsman’s return was lukewarm. While audiences were clearly more excited to see her than, say, another recently departed conservative host from the show, they were still non-plussed by her arrival.
“I didn’t agree with her stances but I liked Abby Huntsman better than Meghan McCain,” one user shared. “Abby didn’t have a chip on her soldier and didn’t make everything about her.”
Huntsman’s return to The View is a one-time-only deal for Flashback Friday only. She won’t be back next week, nor in the future, it seems.
The View airs weekdays on ABC at 11/10c.