Meredith Vieira makes her stance clear on returning to The View Crystal

Almost a year after Meghan McCain announced her departure from The View, her seat on the panel is still vacant. Numerous guest presenters have tried their hand at the gig, including Carly Fiorina, Gretchen Carlson, Condoleeza Rice, and even Eboni K. Williams of The Real Housewives of New York City, but none have been promoted to full-time positions. While the producers appear to be aiming for a co-host with conservative views given that’s the role McCain fills on the show, they’re reportedly having trouble finding one. According to the New York Post, they don’t want to alienate their audience, and popular conservative pundits like Candace Owens and Ann Coulter would do just that.

Another solution to the co-host problem would be to go back in time. While they wouldn’t be conservative (with the notable exception of Elisabeth Hasselbeck), The View has many veteran former co-hosts to choose from who have proven their understanding of the show’s format and mood. Original co-hosts Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos and Meredith Vieira appeared last season to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary, and given her background in journalism, it makes sense to give Vieira a permanent spot again.

Though the producers were yet to find their conservative, their tenure at NBC News since 2006 would make them an ideal fit for The View’s most political era yet. Here’s what Vieira had to say about it.

Meredith Vieira has already done so [her] Time’

Who wants to be a co-host of The View? Not Meredith Vieira. While she’ll always be grateful for her original run on the show and the doors it opened, she’s perfectly fine with leaving them in the rearview mirror. In an interview with E!’s Daily Pop, Vieira said, “You know, there’s a time for everything, I like to say, and I’ve done my time. That actually sounds like jail time.” The former co-host continued, “I worked for nine years and loved it. The show has evolved and it’s a different show and I think it’s fantastic.”

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She is right. While Vieira was a great fit in The View’s early years, she’s increasingly focused on drama and fights since her departure. In fact, the famous on-air fight between Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck took place in 2007, a year after Vieira left. Tensions have run high ever since, particularly with the addition and departure of Meghan McCain. Vieira was never really known for this kind of behavior. So unless they want to rehabilitate the show’s image to make it more stylish, it makes sense for them to stay away from such an environment.

Either way, fans who miss her can still tune in to “Behind the Table: A View Reunion” on Hulu alongside Debbie Matenopoulos, Star Jones, and Joy Behar.