Michelle Collins is officially leaving The View, according to reports on Friday.

Michelle Collins Exits ‘The View’

Executive producer Candi Carter sent an email to The View staff — announcing the news of Collins’ departure.

“I have some bittersweet news to share—Michelle Collins is leaving the show,” Carter wrote. “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,” Carter added. “She’ll be in the office next week to say good-bye to you personally.”

Collins was announced as a co-host one year ago; yet before the official announcement of her exit was made, there was speculation about Collins’ status. Collins’ departure reportedly wasn’t voluntary — as producers made the decision not to renew her contract.

ABC released a statement, thanking Collins’ for her work. “Michelle is smart, opinionated and funny,” a spokesperson said in a statement to E!. “She’s been a great addition to the panel this year. When we are ready to make an announcement about next season, we will.”

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Collins posted her on statement regarding her exit to Facebook — noting that while she’s another host to only last one season, she appreciated the opportunity.

“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,” Collins wrote. “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 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!”

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