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‘The View’ picks new conservative co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin: report

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Alyssa Farah Griffin is reportedly set to be named the new conservative co-host of “The View.”

The 33-year-old, who served as a communications director for President Donald Trump, will take a permanent seat on the panel in September, according to the Daily Mail.

When reached by The Post for comment, a spokesperson for “The View” said, “We do not have a co-host announcement to make at this time. Stay tuned.”

However, The Post previously reported that the new host was likely to be Farah Griffin, with set insiders telling us that an announcement would be revealed before the show’s current 25th season ends.

If the news pans out, Farah Griffin — who now roundly condemns Tump — will have beat out several high-profile contenders for the coveted hosting role, including Republican pundit Tara Setmayer, 46, and former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, also 46.

Farah Griffin has been a frequent fill-in on “The View” during its 25th season, after the conservative seat at the ABC gabfest was vacated by Meghan McCain a year ago.

Alyssa Farah Griffin is set to be announced as the new co-host of “The View.”
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It’s no secret that producers of the show have been struggling to find a suitable replacement for McCain, whose fiery confrontations with left-leaning co-host Joy Behar brought ratings and strong social media traction.

News of Farah Griffin’s potential permanent hire is sure to shock some “View” viewers, given that the brunette has been a far meeker presence on the panel, rarely clashing with co-hosts and often joining them in their trashing of Trump.

“The View’s” current co-hosts are Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin. Republican commentator Ana Navarro co-hosts on Fridays.

All five women will reportedly return to “The View” for the show’s 26th season alongside Farah Griffin, but they are said to be none too happy about their new castmate.

“Her soon-to-be co-hosts are very upset. They feel she isn’t authentic and changes her opinions based on who her paymaster is,” an insider told Daily Mail.

News of Farah Griffin’s potential permanent hire is sure to shock some “View” viewers, given that the brunette has been a meek presence on the panel, rarely clashing with co-hosts and often joining them in their trashing of Trump.

Some cast and crew are said to be particularly upset that Farah Griffin has been cast given that she worked at the Trump White House.

“Ana Navarro especially feels let down as they are hiring someone who was an essential part of the movement that destabilized this country,” the insider stated.

Farah Griffin has since disowned Trump and publicly stated that she regrets working for the former commander-in-chief. On “The View,” she has insisted that Trump not be allowed to run for the White House ever again.

The pundit’s change of heart has left her estranged from her hard-core Trump-supporter father, who refused to attend her wedding earlier this year.

“Alyssa’s family is also problematic. Her father, Joseph, founded WorldNetDaily, a website that promotes conspiracy theories. It’s terrifying,” the source told Daily Mail. “Part of me wishes they just leaned into MAGA and hired Kimberly Guilfoyle — at least it would better reflect part of the audience and there would be fireworks every day.”

Meanwhile, Farah Griffin could cost “The View” celebrity guests. Last week, comedian Wanda Sykes reportedly nixed an appearance on the program when realizing Farah Griffin was guest hosting the show. The funnywoman was said to have been opposed to appearing alongside a former Trump staffer — even if that person had since disowned the former president.

White House Director of Communications Alyssa Farah
Farah Griffin during her stint as a communications director at the Trump White House
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McCain quit “The View” last summer following four fiery seasons.

In the past 12 months, a bevy of right-sided guest hosts have been cycling through on-air auditions to replace the outspoken Republican — with Farah Griffin appearing the most times.

“If you watch the show, you can see people who are coming back regularly to join the co-hosts at the table,” a source previously told The Post. “It is an invaluable experience for the show.”

Meghan McCain (bottom left) exited "The View" last August following four fiery seasons. Her co-hosts (clockwise from top left) Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro and Sara Haines stayed on.
Meghan McCain (bottom left) exited “The View” last summer following four fiery seasons. Her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg (clockwise from top left), Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro and Sara Haines stayed on.
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While Farah Griffin was always considered the frontrunner, avowed conservative Ann Coulter told The Post that she’d love to ruffle feathers by joining the left-leaning ladies as a permanent panelist.

Like Farah Griffin, Coulter was once an avowed Trump supporter who has become a critic of the former POTUS. However, unlike Farah Griffin, the brash blond isn’t afraid of any on-air showdown.

“Yes, of course I would [take the job], but they will never pick me,” Coulter, 60, said. “[It seems] they don’t mean what they say. You might be exposing a double-secret requirement: Must be a dumb, easy-to-push-around Republican.”

Ann Coulter told The Post she doesn't think she has a shot at the much-coveted conservative slot on "The View."
Avowed conservative Ann Coulter told The Post that she’d love to ruffle feathers by joining the left-leaning ladies as a permanent panelist.

The “conservative” slot comes with its own specific set of challenges, according to those who have sat behind the table.

“Right now, we still do need a really conservative voice,” legal eagle co-host Hostin, 53, recently proclaimed. “I also believe it’s really important to not have someone on the panel who spreads misinformation, who adheres to the big lies, who is an anti-vaxxer, because I think that’s dangerous.”

The longest-running right-wing host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, survived on “The View” for 10 seasons, from 2003 to 2013. But it was not without struggles. On May 23, 2007, Hasselbeck got into an infamous on-air “split screen” argument with co-host Rosie O’Donnell concerning the war in Iraq, which she supported and O’Donnell opposed.

The heated moment was caught on camera and made waves nationwide.

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Conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck (far right) appeared on “The View” for 10 seasons. She memorably clashed with liberal moderator Rosie O’Donnell (far left). They are pictured on the show’s set with co-hosts Barbara Walters (center left) and Joy Behar in 2006.
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Meanwhile, quasi-conservative Abby Huntsman — the daughter of Jon Huntsman, a former Republican governor of Utah — survived two seasons on the show before quitting in 2020.

In an interview last year, she cited the show’s workplace environment as the reason for her departure, saying “it did not reflect my values” and was “rewarding people for bad behavior.”

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