“The View” has been in talks for months with a fire-and-fury conservative podcast host who isn’t shy about calling out the unconventional left — and is Meghan McCain’s best choice to switch her, insiders mentioned.
Producers and insiders have mentioned the present is trying to find a unicorn who can enchantment to conservative ladies, but in addition be palatable to the present’s bread-and-butter liberals.
Liz Wheeler, 32, beforehand labored as a bunch for the conservative One America News Network has been in talks with the present since September.
“They said they were impressed with my video podcast ‘The Liz Wheeler Show’ and my voice,” Wheeler mentioned. “This is encouraging to see The View, with their enormous audience and influence over demographics of key voters, consider more objective voices.”
She added, “Mass Formation Psychosis is driving so many others on other TV channels to parrot party talking points and silence the half of the country whose views I represent.”
Wheeler has been via a number of rounds of interviews with layers of View administration, together with Executive Producer Brian Teta.
“Their dream host is Condoleezza Rice,” mentioned one insider, including that Wheeler had been grilled about her views on Trump, paid household depart, abortion and the 2020 election.
If Wheeler did get the job, it will push the conservative seat on the present significantly rightward. Unlike McCain, Wheeler takes a principally favorable view of Trump and through the years has most well-liked unyielding positions on red-meat points on her present and social media.
“The communists at Black Lives Matter don’t like when I point out that they’re communists,” she mentioned in one July tweet. She has blasted Anthony Fauci as “one of the most dangerous liars our nation has ever known.”
But Wheeler faces at the very least one massive impediment — she is unvaccinated. That problem allegedly sank Lisa Booth, one other contender for the seat.
“if someone is not vaccinated, they would not be under consideration as that’s against our corporate policy,” a View insider mentioned, suggesting it will be a dealbreaker for Wheeler as properly.
Shortly earlier than she departed, McCain supplied a listing of her most well-liked candidates to Teta and different prime present leaders.
In addition to Wheeler within the prime spot, different names McCain supplied have been Allie Beth Stuckey, a bunch for BlazeTV; Lauren Chen, a conservative commentator; and Kelsey Harkness, a senior coverage analyst on the Independent Women’s Forum.
Wheeler is the one one of many 4 contacted by the present, the ladies confirmed.
McCain declined to remark.
“I appreciate Meghan recommending me, but frankly based on the way she was treated by her co-hosts, the show seems like a pretty toxic environment! If I want to be ganged up on by a crowd of angry liberals, I suppose I’ll just have to stick to Twitter for now,” Chen mentioned.
Since McCain’s acrimonious departure in August, The View has struggled to discover a everlasting host to fill the seat, as a substitute counting on a rotating forged of characters as visitor hosts. These have included Rice, Carly Fiorina, Eboni Ok. Williams, Cameran Eubanks, Gretchen Carlson and Tara Setmayer.
“Our plans are on track as we continue to look for the right person to join our panel of smart, dynamic women. We will be welcoming guest co-hosts for return appearances as well as some new names in the coming weeks once we are back in studio,” a View spokesperson mentioned.