The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg had little to say about Meghan McCain or her new book slamming the show. McCain called The View a toxic workplace where her co-hosts bullied her constantly for her being a Republican.
Reporters confronted Goldberg and Haines as they left the show’s New York studio last week. Goldberg said she had “nothing” to say in response to the accusations. When they asked if producers would ever invite McCain back on the show as a guest, Golberg played dumb.
“I’ll leave all that stuff to the adults,” she said.
Meghan McCain’s chief concerns with her time on the show focused mostly on Joy Behar and the show’s producers. Though she said as former President Donald Trump ran headlong into controversies, she became the show’s punching bag because she was also a Republican. Even though, Trump and her dad, the late Sen. John McCain, were bitter rivals.
“As the country got worse under Trump, the treatment from Whoopi, Joy (Behar) and some of the staff grew meaner and less forgiving,” McCain wrote in Bad Republican. “It was as if I had become an avatar for everything they hated about the president.”
Other former hosts have complained about poor treatment, as well.
In a discussion on Watch What Happens Live, McCain said her comments on Goldberg were blown out of proportion. The 37-year-old’s biggest nuisance was Behar.
“I adore Whoopi, and I love her,” McCain told host Andy Cohen. “I think things went off the rails. (And) I was trying to give, like, context to my experience leaving. I adore Whoopi. She’s an American icon. I have more love for her than anything else. I just wanted to explain myself and the things that happened.
McCain added that Goldberg is “not a hater.”
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But only minutes after going on air, she and co-host Joy Behar got into a heated back and forth about the internal struggles of the political parties.
As a playful jab, McCain said “Oh, Joy. You missed me so much.” Behar snapped back, “I did not miss you. Zero!”
McCain told Variety it felt Behar had slapped her. She told Behar on-air that she’d crossed the line and cried during the commercial break.
“After the show, I went back to my office, and I had a panic attack,” she told Variety. “… I couldn’t compose myself. I threw up in the garbage can. (Because) I was so overcome. This is my narrative — ‘I come back from maternity leave and no one missed me.’ I knew it was going to be everywhere.”
McCain said she knew he needed to leave The View after that interaction. She says Behar never apologized for the comment.