‘The View’ adds CNN’s Ana Navarro as guest co-host (EXCLUSIVE)

The View” is adding Republican strategist Ana Navarro as a guest co-host one day a week, Variety has learned.

Navarro will fill in on “The View” every Friday, rounding out the Season 22 panel with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, Sunny Hostin, and Abby Huntsman. Goldberg takes Fridays off as the moderator, which is why the show needs a sixth rotating cast member at the Hot Topics table.

According to sources, Navarro had been in talks to join “The View” as a full-time co-host in the fall, but those negotiations fell apart due to salary demands. In addition to her latest job, Navarro will continue as a contributor on CNN, talking about politics. Although she identifies as a Republican, Navarro has been critical of President Donald Trump’s policies and she voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31: Political commentator Ana Navarro of 'Finding Your Roots' speaks onstage during the PBS portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NOTICIAS TELEMUNDO -- 'Immigration Town Hall' -- Pictured: (l-r) Alma Rosa Nieto, Ang�ca Salas, Ana Navarro, at Universal Studios Hollywood, February 12, 2017 -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31: Host/executive producer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., political commentator Ana Navarro, actor Ted Danson and author Janet Mock of 'Finding Your Roots' speak onstage during the PBS portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NOTICIAS TELEMUNDO -- 'Immigration Town Hall' -- Pictured: (l-r) Ana Navarro, Clarissa Mart�ez-de-Castro, at Universal Studios Hollywood, February 12, 2017 -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Strategist Ana Navarro (L) and Author Ana Marie Cox speak during NYT Mag Live: A Special Politics Edition at Neuehouse on October 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for New York Times)
THE VIEW -- ABC and CNN political contributor, Ana Navarro guest co-hosts, Annette Bening (Shakespeare in the Park's 'King Lear'), Jenny McCarthy prepares for her upcoming nuptials, Sherri Shepherd unveils wigs from her line LUXHAIR airing Friday, August 1, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Ana Navarro, political contributor for CNN & CNN en Espanol guest co-hosts; Nicole Oulson and her attorney TJ Grimaldi; musical guests Vince Gill and Paul Franklin appear today on ABC's 'The View' airing Thursday, February 6, 2014. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) JENNY MCCARTHY, ANA NAVARRO
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Ratings for Season 22 of “The View,” which was created by Barbara Walters in 1997, are up. The ABC talk show averaged 2.8 million viewers for the week of Oct. 22, beating out CBS’ “The Talk” (2.2 million viewers). That’s the biggest lead “The View” has had over “The Talk” in six years. In the coming weeks, the show has booked big guests from the political world, including Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and John Kasich.

Navarro is expected to announce her new position on “The View” on Friday morning’s taping of the show.

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