By Lynette Rice
January 13, 2020 at 12:09 PM EST
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Another day, another departure from The View: Abby Huntsman announced that she’ll leave the ABC talk show to help run her father’s campaign for governor of Utah.

Huntsman, who joined the show in September 2018, made the decision over the holiday break. She announced her departure on Monday morning.

The following statement went out to staff of The View from the executive producers:

“From the moment Abby joined us a year and a half ago, we knew how important her big family is to her. Isabel charmed us each time she came to the show and we shared Abby’s journey as she welcomed her twins, William and Ruby. Her dedication to family is what is launching Abby’s next exciting chapter. When your father asks you to help run your campaign, it’s a hard one to say no to. We thank Abby for her unique, intelligent, insightful and relatable voice that she brought to the show both in front of and behind the camera. We will truly miss her and her great spirit professionally and personally. We will cheer her on as she embraces her family’s long history in public service and we’ll welcome her back to hear about her future projects.”

Huntsman also shared this note: “ABC has been my family for a long time and I am so thankful to have had a seat at the table on an iconic show like The View.  After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for governor of Utah. You know I think the world of all of you. You’re some of the most talented, hard-working and genuine people I’ve ever worked with. The staff is the engine of the show and you never get enough credit for what you do. I applaud you and thank you for welcoming me to the family on day-one. You always made me look much better than I ever could have on my own.  Thank you for believing in me and for all the laughs along the way. ABC will always hold a special place in my heart, and so will all of you. I hope you will be in my life for years to come.”

The View is currently in its 23rd season.

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