"The View" co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainComedian Norm Macdonald dies following battle with cancer: report Meghan McCain joins Daily Mail as columnist 'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements MORE announced Thursday that she is leaving the high-profile ABC show at the end of this month after four seasons on the program.

"I'm going to rip the Band-Aid off," McCain said at the top of the show. "This is going to be my last season here at 'The View.'"

"This was not an easy decision," McCain said of departing the program at the end of July. "It took a lot of counsel, and prayer, and talking to my family and my friends."

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The author and daughter of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home 'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements MORE (R-Ariz.) has served as one of the few conservative voices on the talk show since 2017.

 

McCain praised the show, calling it "one of the greatest and most exhilarating" experiences of her life. She recalled how she was initially reluctant to join the show, but her father convinced her to take the leap. 

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"He said I could never give up an opportunity to work on such an iconic show and work with Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup Meghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear MORE," McCain said. "And he was right. It was one of the last things he told me to do before he died," she said of her dad, who died of brain cancer in 2018.

McCain, 36, has frequently been a lightning rod on the long-running daytime program, making headlines for often-heated debates with Goldberg, Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria Behar'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup Meghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear MORE and other liberal "View" panelists.

"I try to just remind myself that I'm representing 50 percent of the country," McCain said of her role on the show in 2019.

"I'm representing a bunch of women even though I only have one chair, and it's really important," she said. 

McCain once dubbed herself the show's "sacrificial Republican."

The conservative commentator said Thursday that COVID-19 played a part in her decision to step away.

"COVID changed the world for all of us. And it changed the way, at least for me, the way I'm looking at life, the way I'm living my life, the way I want my life to look like," she said.

McCain said she moved from New York to the nation's capital during the pandemic, expressing a desire to raise her young daughter in the Washington area.

McCain, who in 2019 shared her fertility struggle story, gave birth to a daughter, Liberty, with husband Ben Domenech in September.

Last month, McCain's mother, Cindy McCain, was picked for a prized role in the Biden administration. Cindy McCain — who crossed party lines to support Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE in the 2020 White House race — was nominated to be the U.S. representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

ABC News praised Meghan McCain's time on "The View" in a statement, calling it a "difficult" decision.

“For the past four years, Meghan McCain has brought her fierce determination and vast political knowledge and experience to The View. She recently came to us with her decision to depart the show at the end of this season, a difficult choice that she made for her and her family that we respect and understand. We wish the best for Meghan as she plans her next chapter, and thank her for the passion and unique voice that she shared with us and our viewers each day," ABC News said.

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The TV personality has reportedly long been eyeing an exit from her "View" gig. In 2019, multiple reports claimed she felt sabotaged by colleagues and didn't "think it's worth it anymore" to continue as a co-host.

McCain on Thursday railed against the media for its coverage of the ratings winner over the years.

"We are covered with deep misogyny and sexism by the media," McCain said.

"If five men were doing what we do every day, we'd probably have a Pulitzer Prize."

Goldberg told McCain it was "wonderful" to sit across from her the last five years.

"When you leave here, you can take on anything," Goldberg said.

Updated: 11:36 a.m.