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Sara Haines Returning To 'The View' As Co-Host This Season

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By Clark Sparky

After two years away from the Hot Topics table, Sara Haines will reportedly be rejoining the panel on "The View" when Season 24 begins filming next month. The 42-year-old was with the daytime talk show from from the fall of 2016 through the summer of 2018. Haines will take over the void left when Abby Huntsman departed the show this year. Before her time on "The View," Haines served as an anchor on "GMA Weekend."

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Haines has been top on the list of potential permanent replacements for Huntsman as she's been on the show several times this year as a guest panelist, joining Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin.

McCain gushed about Haines when she was a guest host back in March. "It's so nice to have you back," McCain told Haines at the time. "You're such a bright [ray of] sunshine on your show and on [The View], it's so nice to have you."

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"Once a 'View' host always a 'View' host." Haines replied back, "This place is such a magical place, I've always said that. When you walk in the door, the hugging train ... it's a special staff here. I'm here forever, guys!" she joked.

Haines was forced off the show in 2016 by ABC News execs who reassigned her to be an anchor on the third hour of “GMA,” called “GMA Day,” with Michael Strahan. That show was later renamed “Strahan, Sara and Keke." It did not do well in the ratings, and was cancelled back in March.

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Haines made an emotional farewell speech during her final episode on "The View" in 2018. "It has been an honor, a privilege and an absolute dream to work here at this show," she said.

"From the many people you guys will never see behind the cameras, who have become life-long friends - they're not going anywhere — to the dear friends I have made at this table, who are absolutely TV gold, and you guys are strong, empowered, opinionated women. ...For anyone who has ever played a sport knows that the best team members are the ones who life you up and make you better. You guys did that for me. I love this View, and I love all of you, so thank you so much."

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