Despite recent casting reports, it doesn't look like Tomi Lahren will be joining The View anytime soon. Executive producer Hilary Estey McLoughlin says she has no plans to bring in the conservative host after her exit from The Blaze.
McLoughlin admitted to TheWrap last week that Lahren would be "interesting" on The View. But the producer confirmed that she and Lahren are "not in talks." That's because McLoughlin and the other producers are happy with the chemistry of the current panel.
McLoughlin argued that Lahren would be a better fit as an occasional guest, not a permanent co-host. While McLoughlin admitted a polarizing host like Lahren could bring in more viewers, the producer feared that someone like her could also wear out her welcome quickly.
"I don’t think we’d want to have someone who is extreme on any side on a daily basis," McLoughlin added. "I don’t know if it wears well — not saying Tomi Lahren specifically. It’s not like we’re going to put Ann Coulter on the panel — we wouldn’t do that. And that would get ratings, too, I’m sure."
Of course, The View doesn't have to worry about boosting ratings. Its viewership has increased over the past year, thanks in part to a renewed focus on politics.
McLoughlin also admitted that those female viewers may not fully relate to the young conservative. "They want to feel like [the hosts] are their friends," the producer said of View fans.
Watch video of Tomi Lahren on The View.
Reports of Lahren joining The View cast emerged following her dismissal from The Blaze. Lahren was initially suspended by the conservative network following her appearance on The View last month. During the interview, Lahren admitted she was actually pro-choice.
"I’m someone that’s for limited government," she said. "So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well."
Lahren hasn't appeared on The Blaze since her suspension. And last week, she sued the network and its founder, Glenn Beck, for wrongful termination.
Beck and The Blaze have since filed a countersuit saying that Lahren hasn't actually been fired. "In reality, her employment agreement with TheBlaze remains in full force and effect, she continues to be employed (and paid) by TheBlaze, and she has access to her social media accounts, as well as a Facebook page TheBlaze created and maintains," the countersuit says.
Lahren admits she is still being paid by The Blaze, and that her contract doesn't expire until September. But she says that's not the same as taping her own show every night.
"I get up in the morning and I don't have a job to go to," she told Nightline. "I don’t sit down in my chair and deliver my 'Final Thoughts,' I don’t have a dressing room, so I’m terminated, I’m fired… the way I look at things, I’m not doing what I was contracted to do, which was produce a television show, a political talk show."
No matter which side wins this lawsuit, it's likely just a matter of time before Lahren and The Blaze part ways. And while the conservative commentator should land on her feet quickly, it apparently won't be with The View.
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