‘I Was Surprised to Learn in the Press That I’d Been Fired’

By Mark Joyella 

Former The View co-host Nicolle Wallace tells Variety she loved being part of the ABC daytime talk show, and had “no plans of quitting.” But she says ABC “never called” to say she was being dropped.

“I think I thought that I would learn somewhere other than Variety that I’d been fired. It shattered my naivete about television. Listen, it’s all fair. I wasn’t wronged by anybody. But I was surprised to learn in the press about their decision not to bring me back.” Wallace was an ABC News political analyst during the 2012 presidential cycle, and has worked with MSNBC and CBS News as well.

Wallace says she was never told there were issues with her work, and she was blindsided by her release. “I had never had one note from anybody inside the entire organization during the entire season. No one said a word to me. Maybe I should have seen it coming. Not after a single show, a single Hot Topic or a single interview. It was like being invisible. But not in an unpleasant way.”