Michelle Collins Leaves ‘The View,’ Thanks Whoopi Goldberg in Farewell Statement
After serving as a co-host on The View for just a year, Michelle Collins is parting ways with the daytime talk show.
Executive producer Candi Carter informed the show’s staff of Collins’ departure in an email, writing via E! News, "I have some bittersweet news to share—Michelle Collins is leaving the show. A gracious presence on stage and off, she asked smart questions, made us laugh and will always be part of The View family. We wish her great success with some exciting new projects ahead.”
"Please join me in thanking Michelle for her hard work, great humor and many contributions this season to The View,” the email continued. "She'll be in the office next week to say good-bye to you personally.”
Collins released a statement about her departure via Instagram, specifically highlighting co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
Hi everyone, Well, the news is out: I'm leaving The View. Yes, I'm officially the newest member of the 'One Seasoner' club, the latest graduate of talk show boot camp, ending what has been, simply put, the most surreal and fabulous year of my life. I want to say a big thanks to EVERYONE at the show...They're an incredibly hardworking group of talented people. Special thanks to Whoopi [Goldberg] for always having my back, and, you know, being an icon. And to all of you: I see your tweets, I see your messages, and I'm sending you all the heart emojis. Many exciting things await, can't wait to share everything with you! All my love, Michelle Collins, #15.
While ABC has yet to comment on why she's leaving the show, Variety reports that producers opted out of renewing her contract, indicating the decision was not Collins’.