Dave Quinn
December 08, 2016 11:23 AM

Candace Cameron Bure is leaving The View.

The 40-year-old actress and co-host held back tears as she announced her departure at the top of Thursday morning’s show.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but before I started The View, I had already had my commitments to Fuller House and my work with the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries,” she said. “And because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows.”

Ultimately, Cameron Bure said the travel became too much for her and took her away from her family — including husband of 20 years Valeri Bure, 42, and their three children: daughter Natasha, 18, and sons Lev, 16, and Maksim, 14.

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“The commute of going West Coast to East Coast every single week for me has been tough on me and hard for my family as well,” she said. “And I want to make sure that I’m able to spend at much time with my children and invest in all the projects that I do to the fullest extent.”

“It’s a lot,” she added. “I’ve tried to be superwoman and I’m going to not try anymore.”

Cameron Bure joined The View as a co-host in 2015, for the show’s 19th season. She renewed her contract for season 20.

While her exact exit date was not announced, Cameron Bure was quick to thank her fellow co-hosts — specifically Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.

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“Particularly, I want to thank you for welcoming me to this table,” she told Goldberg and Behar. “I have learned so much from you, and I’m so grateful for you.”

She also took time to thank current and former co-hosts Sara Haines, Jedediah Bila, Paula Faris, Raven-Symoné, Sunny Hostin, and Michelle Collins.

“It’s been really wonderful and I’m grateful and to Barbara [Walters] as well as [showrunner] Candi Carter,” she added.

Carter posted the show’s full statement on Twitter Thursday afternoon, writing, “On behalf of everyone at The View, it’s been a pleasure working with Candace, a devoted mother, talented actress and passionate co-host who never hesitated to speak her mind. We are thrilled for her success with Fuller House and her Hallmark movies. She will always be a part of The View family and we will gladly welcome her back to the show to support her with all of her endeavors.”

Goldberg kept Cameron Bure laughing, even during the emotional announcement. “It’s tough,” she said. “With all the sex talk we do, you miss your husband!”

“It’s true,” Cameron Bure laughed back.

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Cameron Bure won’t be the only View co-host to leave to focus on her Hollywood projects.

In October, Symoné told viewers she’d be saying goodbye to her hosting duties on the hit ABC talk show to reprise her role of Raven Baxter on a That’s So Raven spin-off.

Though the 30-year-old child actress will be leaving later this year, she is partnering with the Disney Channel to develop a family sitcom that will continue the story of her That’s So Raven character for a new generation of audiences.

Like Cameron Bure, Symoné‘s final date on the talk show has yet to be announced.

The View airs weekdays (11 a.m. ET) on ABC.

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