Raven-Symone Says She "Got Catfished" When Asked to Join 'The View'
Raven-Symon and Candace Cameron Bure, former hosts of The View, say the way they were approached to appear on the roundtable talk show did not align with their actual experiences once the cameras began rolling.
In the most recent episode of The View: Behind the Table, the ABC News special podcast focusing on the long-running talk show, both former co-hosts explained how the show's political twist complicated their desire to take and keep a seat at the table. Raven-Symon described the process of putting together what the show should be to the reality of it being heavily political as a catfishing situation when talking about her own experience.
Symon said he got catfished. I feel like I've been catfished. I thought I was going on a show, like Candace, where it was pop culture and fun and exciting and I got catfished, and that was the lesson I learned.
Bure stated that the show went in a completely different direction, with her hesitations about joining as co-host largely due to the fact that shes not partisan. Politics is not, its not in my bag,' I said. Ive never spoken publicly about politics. "I don't even come from a political background, so I didn'' t grow up talking about politics," she added. They had told me, Were going so much lighter, a lot more would be evergreen. We want to talk more about family, sex, and life, so I was like, Absolutely, 100%, Im on board. Then it all changed when Trump entered the race.
Bure stated in the past that the long coast-to-coast travel required for the show as she lives with her family in Los Angeles and The View films in New York as well as her work on other projects like Fuller House were factors that influenced her decision to leave. She confirms this, but also talks about the emotional strain of being on the show, which saw her be urged to repeatedly respond to differing viewpoints, even when she wanted to back off.
While she felt like everyone was respectful for the most part, it was still something that made her sick to her stomach, leading to a lot of mornings when she would just be crying before the show. The anticipation surrounding that only increased after the election of Donald Trump, which Bure admitted played a significant part in her decision to leave.
As soon as Donald Trump won that election, I was like, this has to go because I couldnt I didn t want to be the punching bag for the next four years in that conservative seat, Bure said. I didnt want to, he said. And it wasnt worth it to me. It wasnt worth it to me because my mental health was already suffering, so it was a very simple decision.
Symon, the only LGBTQ member on the panel and having to be the single face of that community, put her under pressure. The only reason I got through a lot of the stuff I did get through was because of Whoopi [Goldberg] and the producers, she added. Theres something amazingly different about The View behind the scenes that sort of gives the salve to all the BS that is going on on-camera and made it a bit more manageable to stay as long as we did.
Symon joined The View's co-hosting team at the end of season 18, while Bure joined at season 19, according to a source close to the situation. At that time, the show'' s direction changed as the news cycle changed with Trump running for office, according. Symon and Bure made outstanding contributions to the table despite those changes, according to a source.