Meghan McCain announced her departure from The View during the July 1 episode 

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Meghan McCain is responding to "gossip" surrounding her recent announcement that she will be leaving her post at The View later this month. 

The TV personality, 36, shared the news with viewers during the July 1 episode of the daily talk show, citing her life in Washington, D.C. with husband Ben Domenech and 9-month-old daughter Liberty as one of the reasons for her exit. 

One week later, McCain posted about the "many questions" she has gotten about her departure. 

"So much chatter, so much gossip, so many, many, many questions people are asking me this past week…" she wrote on Twitter. "I pride myself on always taking big risks, rolling the dice, and making unpredictable life and career choices."

"I've never fit in a box and I never will," she continued, concluding the post with the New Hampshire state motto — "Live free or die." 

McCain joined The View as a permanent co-host in October 2017. In addition to McCain, the current panel includes moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines.

"This was not an easy decision," she said when announcing her exit. "It took a lot of thought and counsel and prayer, and talking to my family and my close friends, and, you know, look — COVID has changed the world for all of us and it changed the way, at least for me, the way I am looking at life, the way I'm living my life, the way I want my life to look like." 

A source later told PEOPLE that the move was a "recent decision." 

"ABC did want her to stay, but it was her decision for quite a few reasons that she said in her statement — that she made the decision along with her family that it was her time to step back," the insider said.  

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Meghan McCain
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"They did want her to come back to the New York studio," the source added of ABC. "And in D.C., her family is there, her mom's a new ambassador now and she'll be in D.C., Ben's situated there for work and his family — her in-laws — are there. The geography was a big piece of it." 

In a statement shared with PEOPLE, ABC said, "For the past four years, Meghan McCain has brought her fierce determination and vast political knowledge and experience to The View. She recently came to us with her decision to depart the show at the end of this season, a difficult choice that she made for her and her family that we respect and understand." 

"We wish the best for Meghan as she plans her next chapter, and thank her for the passion and unique voice that she shared with us and our viewers each day," the statement concluded. 

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As the most politically conservative person on the panel, McCain has regularly sparred with her co-hosts on-air over the years. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in 2019, she addressed her often-combative stance on the show, admitting at the time to feeling insecure in her gig.

"I go in assuming I'm going to be fired every day," she said. "Every single day. Yes, every day."