As Carly Fiorina prepares to return to ABC's "The View," one of the show's co-hosts says the Republican presidential candidate — and other individuals holding or seeking elected office — shouldn't be treated as a protected class.

"As far as I'm concerned, politicians are open season," host Joy Behar told The Wrap on Wednesday, just three days ahead of Fiorina's second appearance on her program.

The liberal-leaning comedian said her decision to return to her previous position as co-host of the weekday morning program hinged on the show's capacity for political discussions, particularly during the current election cycle.

"I came back to 'The View' because I wanted to talk about politicians, and now politicians are talking about me," Behar said.

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