Candace Cameron Bure reveals she has PTSD from her time co-hosting The View, and recalled how she would often cry before filming the show.
Candace, 45, hosted the show for just one year, but the anxiety from her co-hosting stint has remained a vivid memory even five years after departing from the show.
‘The stress and the anxiety — I actually have a pit in my stomach right now,’ Candace said on the Behind The Table podcast.
‘I actually have a pit in my stomach right now’: Candace Cameron Bure reveals she has PTSD from her time co-hosting The View, and recalled how the stress of the show would often cause her to cry before filming
‘There was only one type of stress that I’ve ever felt in my life, that came from that show. And I [have] PTSD, like, I can feel it. It was so difficult, and to manage that emotional stress was very, very hard.’
Initially, when Bure was pitched the job, she was told the show was headed in a lighter direction where ‘evergreen’ topics such as ‘sex and life’ would be discussed, rather than their usual politically-charged conversations.
But Candace joined the show in 2015, the same year future President Trump announced his candidacy.
‘It all changed when Trump entered the race,’ Candace said. ‘I don’t know why my team and I didn’t even think about the fact that it was an election year coming in… I think we were so convinced by the executives that they were taking a different approach to the show.’
‘It all changed’: Initially, when Bure was pitched the job, she was told the show was headed in a lighter direction where ‘evergreen’ topics such as ‘sex and life’ would be discussed, rather than their usual politically-charged conversations
The amount of work Candace had to do every night in order to prepare for the show was overwhelming as well.
The Full House actress, who was bicoastal at the time due to her work, admitted she did not think she would be able to handle the work load had she been living with her family.
‘It was this incredibly fast study for me, every single night. I don’t know if I could have even done it had I not been living alone in New York at the time every night because I have three kids and my husband and if I actually have my family to go home to every night, I could not have done the four to five hours of work I would do every single night,’ she admitted.
‘It was this incredibly fast study for me’: The Full House actress, who was bicoastal at the time due to her work, admitted she did not think she would be able to handle the work load had she been living with her family
‘Half of the time about the topics – I didn’t know anything about. I was not prepared to talk politics all day, every day.’
She also recalled the anxiety of being the only person with a certain viewpoint on a particular topic.
‘When I felt like I was going into a show that I didn’t have a clear opinion about or it was something that I was legitimately nervous to talk about because I did have an opinion about it but I knew I was the only one at the table that had my opinion, I would just get sick to my stomach,’ she said. ‘I hated that feeling. And then I’m like, “I don’t know who’s going to come at me.”‘
Despite finding herself frequently ‘crying before the show’, she does not regret her time on The View.
‘I don’t know that I regret anything, honestly,’ Candace said. ‘I feel like there were so many wonderful takeaways from the show. And as difficult as that job was, I’m very, very grateful for it.’
‘I’m very, very grateful for it’: Despite finding herself frequently ‘crying before the show’, she does not regret her time on The View
Candace announced her departure in December 2016, revealing to her co-stars the commute from the East and West coast had been difficult.
‘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. And because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows,’ said Candace.
‘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, 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.’
Candace then took time to thank the women at the table, specifically Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg.
‘Particularly, I want to thank you for welcoming me to this table. I have learned to much for you, and I’m so grateful for you,’ said Candace.
‘It’s been really wonderful and I’m grateful and to Barbara [Walters, creator of the show] as well as showrunner Candi Carter.’
Strike a pose: Cameron Bure pictured in December 2019 in New York