Candace Cameron-Bure is leaving The View. The Fuller House star made the announcement on Thursday after returning to the show following her latest absence.
"I'm very happy to be back," she began. "But it's a little bittersweet for me today because I am announcing that I will be leaving 'The View."
Cameron-Bure got emotional as she explained the reason for exit. "It wasn't an easy decision, but before I started 'The View' I had already had my commitments to 'Fuller House' and my work with the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. And because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows." Indeed, she has not been on The View much in recent days because she's been busy promoting Fuller House.
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She continued, "And the commute of going West Coast to East Coast every single week for me has been tough on me and hard for my family as well. I want to make sure that I am able to spend as much time with my children and invest in all the projects that I do to the fullest extent."
Then Candace Cameron-Bure made sure to thank her current and former View castmates. "I thank everybody, Whoopi [Goldberg], Joy [Behar], I particularly want to thank you for welcoming me to this table, and I have learned so much for you, and I'm so grateful for you, and Sara [Haines], and Jed[ediah Bila], and Paula [Faris], and Raven [Symone], and Sunny [Hostin], and Michelle [Collins], everyone. It's been really wonderful, and I'm grateful. And to [ABC Senior Vice President] Barbara Fedida, as well, and ['View' Executive Producer] Candi Carter, and ['View' Executive Producer] Brian Teta, I'll miss you most of all."
Carter also released her own statement after Cameron-Bure announced her departure. "On behalf of everyone at 'The View,' it's been a pleasure working with Candace, a devoted mother, talented actress, and passionate co-host who never hesitated to speak her mind," she said. "We are thrilled for her success with 'Fuller House' and her Hallmark movies. She will always be a part of 'The View' family and we will gladly welcome her back to the show to support her with all of her endeavors."
The View cast members all said that they would miss Candace Cameron-Bure. And they agreed that she had too much on her plate, and that something had to give. "I tried to be Super Woman, but I'm going to not try anymore," she said.
Indeed, Candace Cameron-Bure's busy schedule has been well-documented. Back in January, she nearly passed out on set after coming down with the flu, and some thought her crazy work habits were to blame. A few weeks later, she told New York Daily that she wasn't sure if she could continue all the traveling for much longer.
"I'm flying back and forth from L.A. to New York every single week, working four days in New York and then back home in LA for three days to be with my family," she said. "It's definitely exhausting and I'm not sure how long I can keep up the pace."
Candace Cameron-Bure is now the third View cast member to announce her exit in the past few months. Goldberg has already said that she is likely to leave at the end of the season to focus on her various projects. And Raven-Symone is also departing soon to star in and produce the That's So Raven spinoff.
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