In an interview with People published Friday, Huntsman said it was a gut decision to leave and though people were surprised she was quitting a “dream job in television,” it wasn’t the dream job she hoped it would be.
“I don’t talk much about that time, and I won’t, but the decision that I made was probably the best decision I could have made for my life, for my mental health, for my happiness, for my family,” she said.
The former MSNBC anchor announced her departure from the daytime talk show in January 2020 to help run her father Jon Huntsman Jr.’s campaign for governor of Utah. Her departure was also timed to reports of her and co-host Meghan McCain clashing.
Though leaving made Huntsman feel like she could be “present” in the world again, she said doubts sometimes creep in about her decision.
“I’ll be honest,” she said. “This last year has been a lot of healing and a lot of asking myself questions and thinking things back and wondering, ‘Did you make a mistake, did you handle this right or that right?’ “
A couple months after leaving “The View,” the world would shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. After packing and moving to Utah to help her dad on his gubernatorial race for what Huntsman and her family thought would be a two-week trip, the family got sick. Huntsman, her parents and her three kids were all diagnosed with COVID-19 and her husband was hospitalized for it.
“There was a period, to be totally honest, that I didn’t think I would be able to get through,” Huntsman said, noting she felt “helpless” and “overwhelmed.”
Now, Huntsman is ready to get back into media. She’s gearing up to launch a podcast with her friend Lauren Leeds later this year and says the show will be about “real things ups and downs and big chapters in life, losing someone you love, getting married, having kids, getting a divorce, becoming grandparents.”