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The View’s Abby Huntsman refused to walk back complaints about Meghan McCain drama: report

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Abby Huntsman refused to shoot down rumors of a “toxic culture” on her way out of “The View.”

The 33-year-old Huntsman announced Monday she was leaving the daytime talk show to help run her father Jon Huntsman’s campaign for Utah governor, and ABC executives begged her to contradict recent reports indicating she’s leaving over a poisonous work environment and conflict with former friend Meghan McCain, reported The Daily Beast.

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“They threw Abby under the bus,” a “View” insider told the website.

Multiple sources said senior executive producer Hilary Estey McLoughlin and Barbara Fedida — the network’s senior vice president for talent, editorial strategy and business affairs — approached Huntsman after Tuesday’s show and asked her to go on camera and contradict reports.

The executives asked Huntmsan to put a positive spin on workplace conditions at the show, but instead took the advice of “View” moderator Whoopi Goldberg — who urged her not to go beyond the warm goodbyes and praise she shared with co-hosts after making her announcement public, the sources said.

Huntsman has complained to Fedida in the past about tabloid leaks about backstage intrigue on the show, the Beast reported, and she’s apparently furious about a Daily Mail “exclusive” claiming that she left the show because her future was “hanging by a thread” and that network executives wanted to push her out in favor of Republican guest host Ana Navarro.

Reports have also indicated that her relationship with fellow conservative and off-air friend McCain has suffered from backstage drama, including a Dec. 12 blowup over an on-air discussion about breastfeeding.

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McCain, who revealed in July her heartbreak over a miscarriage, was reportedly hurt and annoyed that Huntsman, who gave birth last year to twins and has a toddler daughter, frequently discussed her children on the show.

“I’ve never breast-fed anything, I’m sorry,” McCain said on the air. “I always feel like there’s this moment on the show where I have so much to say about politics, I have so much to say about the election, so much to say about the candidates! Breast-feeding? I got nothing for you guys.”

Off the air, McCain attacked Huntsman, and complained her friend never defended her — which Huntsman emotionally denied, according to a source familiar with the discussion.

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The two stopped speaking for a time, sources told the Beast, but have recently repaired their relationship, but Huntsman was eager to escape the drama.

“It’s unsustainable,” said a View insider.

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The Trump administration misled the country by saying there were ‘no casualties’ from Iran attack: report

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After Iran targeted missiles at U.S. military personnel in Iraq in retaliation for the kill of a top general, the Trump administration declared that there were no casualties from attack, and — at least for the time being — it allowed the conflict to de-escalate.

But on Thursday night, a new report from Defense One revealed the initial claim that there were “no casualties” from the attack was false. It reported that 11 U.S. troops were injured in the attack and taken to hospitals to be treated for “traumatic brain injury.”

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State of emergency: High tension in Virginia as right-wing gun fanatics descend on Richmond

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