The conflict was over Huntsman’s on-air enthusiasm for her children, the people said. McCain, who wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about her miscarriage last summer and has continued to talk publicly about her fertility challenges, suggested to Huntsman that the child-centric chats were insensitive.

Following one episode, McCain confronted Huntsman for bringing up her kids on the show. Word of the “baby fight,” as one person called it, quickly spread around “The View” and strained the relationship between the two women.

“Abby was sick of being berated by Meghan for perceived slights,” one of the people said. “She ultimately decided she didn’t need this job and it wasn’t worth it.”

Huntsman and McCain have since made amends over the argument, according to three people.