The behind-the-scenes drama surrounding Abby Huntsman’s departure from “The View” is simply the newest instance of ABC Information’ issues with staffer leaks and agenda-driven executives, insiders inform Fox Information.
Huntsman stunned viewers this week by saying she’s walking away from ABC Information’ in style daytime speak present, explaining she wished to assist her father, Jon Huntsman Jr., marketing campaign for governor of Utah. Her exit comes because the community battles a rising drawback of chatty staffers inflicting points for hosts, producers and executives, with ABC Information more and more being portrayed as a not-so-great place to work.
“ABC Information is the nastiest, most vicious swamp within the enterprise – so in fact it leaks like a sieve,” a longtime media govt conversant in the interior workings of ABC Information informed Fox Information. “That’s a symptom of rock-bottom morale.”
Citing “an insider conversant in Huntsman’s pondering,” Page Six reported that working for her father’s marketing campaign “isn’t the real reason for her exit,” and that she really determined to half methods due to “an unhealthy environment.” The supply additionally informed Web page Six that Huntsman had complained in regards to the present’s setting to ABC Information executives.
Hours later, The Daily Mail revealed a report claiming Huntsman really left the present as a result of her future “was hanging on by a thread” and he or she was on the verge of being phased out. The report cited a “well-placed source” inside ABC Information who claimed viewers discover Huntsman “bland” and that she lacked chemistry with the opposite girls. Some insiders really feel the Every day Mail report was a transparent retaliation for stories on the present’s tradition.
However the drama does not finish there. Tuesday night another report surfaced, this time by The Every day Beast, which indicated that Huntsman “didn’t comply” with ABC Information executives’ orders to fight the damaging stories in regards to the present’s venomous behind-the-scenes drama. Every day Beast editor at massive Lloyd Groves known as the Every day Mail report a “hatchet job” and reported an insider who mentioned ABC Information “threw Abby under the bus.”
Reporter Yashar Ali additionally shot down the Every day Mail report, calling it “merely not true.”
“Abby did not leave because she thought she was on the chopping block,” Ali wrote. “This is what I was referring to yesterday re the View’s toxic culture… they destroy people.”
“This is completely untrue,” an ABC Information spokesperson informed Fox Information when requested in regards to the report that Huntsman was “thrown under the bus.”
The spokesperson additionally pointed to ABC Information senior vice chairman Barbara Fedida, who informed Fox Information that “Abby’s future on the show was never in jeopardy or in question.”
Nevertheless, an insider informed Fox Information that ABC Information will “come back at you in a very personal way” if honchos really feel attacked.
TV executives and on-air personalities have traditionally most popular shops such because the New York Publish’s Web page Six and The Every day Mail when seeking to plant a story, as they’re extensively learn throughout the business and aren’t instantly related to community tv rivals. Final week, a separate Web page Six report featured anonymous sources ripping co-host Meghan McCain as “rude and dismissive.”
There was a story created that McCain, the present’s outspoken conservative, is the reason for many behind-the-scenes points, however insiders say the true drawback is chatty staffers with their very own agenda dishing to the press. This was evident on Monday when CNN reported recent tensions between Huntsman and McCain regardless of noting that “three people” mentioned the duo had already made amends.
A supply near the present downplayed the McCain storyline, telling Fox Information that rumors she has become an “outcast” off-camera are extremely exaggerated.
“It’s a big mess over there,” an business veteran who has spoken to “View” panelists informed Fox Information.
“Talent is concerned with leaks,” one other insider confirmed.
Drama at “The View” is nothing new. Final yr Ramin Setoodeh’s book, “Women Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View,” chronicled the present’s lengthy historical past of infighting and co-host stress.
However “The View” isn’t the one unit of ABC Information making headlines due to leaky staffers and executives. The viciousness was additionally on full show final yr when a leaked video resulted within the firing of a low-level staffer who gave the impression to be harmless.
Anchor Amy Robach was caught final yr on a scorching mic claiming higher-ups at her community killed a narrative that might have uncovered the now-deceased intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein three years in the past. The Disney-owned information group says it wasn’t as much as their requirements however Robach appeared to disagree on footage revealed by Challenge Veritas, which mentioned that the tape was leaked by an ABC Information insider.
The leak caused a public relations nightmare for ABC Information and issues acquired even worse when the community launched an inner investigation to find out the offender.
Ashley Bianco, a former producer on ABC’s “Good Morning America” who joined rival “CBS This Morning” shortly earlier than the Robach tape was revealed, was abruptly fired by CBS. However she publicly denied that she was the leaker and Project Veritas published a note from the alleged “ABC insider” it claimed was behind the leak.
The alleged leaker — utilizing the pseudonym “Ignotus” – mentioned they made the data public out of “anger, confusion and unhappiness.”
“I’ve walked the halls experiencing comparable emotions we’re all having proper now,” they wrote, addressing ABC workers. “All of you no matter your individual private variations in a single kind or one other do an excellent job. I sincerely get pleasure from working with every considered one of you and can proceed to take action all through our careers.”
So at ABC Information, with “The View” quickly down one co-host, and being buffeted by dangerous press, having moles proceed to stroll the halls can’t be reassuring.
“The show has a great team in front of and behind the camera who work really hard to put the show on the air on a daily basis,” an ABC Information supply informed Fox Information. “Leaks undermine that hard work.”
Fox Information’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.