We'll miss you!
After several daytime casting changes this year — and rumors of some upcoming departures on The View — it's now official that Michelle Collins will no longer be cohosting the hit talk show.
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The news broke after the ABC show's executive producer Candi Carter sent an email to the staffers on Friday, saying:
"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."
This is a somewhat surprising announcement seeing as how Michelle was only announced as a cohost about two years ago.
However, Variety had previously reported that Collins' eventual exit was actually not voluntary and the firing stemmed from reported problems that arose over time in regards to decisions in recastings and changes in the way the show was run.
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Though ABC didn't comment on the rumors of firing the 34-year-old, they did release a statement to E! saying:
"Michelle is smart, opinionated and funny. She's been a great addition to the panel this year. When we are ready to make an announcement about next season, we will."
However, PEOPLE learned from an insider that "the parting was amicable," but continued by stating that Collins would not be appearing on the show again, saying:
"[We] would have been happy to have her back but understandably she wants to to focus on other projects — we'd be happy to have her back on the show down the line to talk about them."
Uhmmm, yeeeeeeah. "Amicable" isn't exactly the word that comes to mind.
The recently released cohost hasn't said anything on the matter, though she did take to Instagram to share:
Hmmm, could that be a reference to the drama that went down when Rosie O'Donnell left?!
With just Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, and Raven-Symoné remaining, what do you think of Michelle's departure??
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