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The View: Michelle Collins exits

The executive producer announced her departure via email Thursday night

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It’s official: Michelle Collins is parting ways with The View.

The comedienne will not return to the ABC talk show that she joined full-time last year, executive producer Candi Carter said Thursday evening in an email to the show’s staff, obtained by EW. 

Dear team,

I have some bittersweet news to share – Michelle Collins is leaving the show. 

A gracious presence on stage and off, she asked smart questions, made us laugh and will always be part of The View family. 

We wish her great success with some exciting new projects ahead.

Please join me in thanking Michelle for her hard work, great humor and many contributions this season to The View.  She’ll be in the office next week to say good-bye to you personally.

Candi

Though original episodes of the The View will air through the next month, Collins is not expected to appear. 

Collins first joined The View as a guest host in early 2015 after after Rosie O’Donnell gave up her seat. She became a regular last July alongside veteran Whoopi Goldberg, freshman host Nicolle Wallace and newbie Raven-Symoné as Rosie Perez prepared to exit.

During Collins’ tenure, she and her cohosts earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Hosts and helped to raise viewership for the 19-year-old show. Compared to June of 2015, The View is up by 123,000 total viewers (from 2.7 million to 2.8 million) and has also registered slight gains among women 25–54.

On Friday, Collins posted about her departure on Instagram, writing that her one-year stint on The View was the “most surreal and fabulous year of my life.”

My very first official statement #chic

A post shared by Michelle Collins (@michcoll) on

This post has been updated to include Collins’ statement.