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Former Trump White House staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin has emerged as the favorite to take over as The View’s permanent conservative co-host, Confider has learned.
The outspoken ex-Trumper-turned-anti-Trumper and CNN contributor has a far more thoughtful on-air presence than predecessor Meghan McCain, who left last summer and was best known for her self-centered punditry and on- and off-air dramatics.
However, Farah Griffin’s involvement with the show has still managed to ruffle some feathers.
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Frequent The View guest Wanda Sykes was scheduled to appear on the show this past Friday but when her publicist found out that Farah Griffin was co-hosting, the star comedian pulled out, two people with knowledge of the matter told Confider.
“She didn’t want to be part of helping a Trumper launder her reputation,” according to a View insider.
A rep for The View declined to comment while a rep for Sykes didn’t get back to us.
Farah Griffin is not the only ex-Trump official-turned-Trump-critic to guest co-host as part of The View’s audition process, which is nearing a year in length and has seen a fair share of chaos. Former Trump White House and Melania Trump flack Stephanie Grisham, who has repeatedly repented for her work under both, has also regularly appeared on the program.
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