In her final week on the show, ‘The View’ co-host Meghan McCain went after comedienne and lung cancer victim Kathy Griffin.
McCain started her response to Griffin offering sympathy to the woman, according to PopCulture. Griffin revealed her cancer diagnosis, recent pain pill addiction, and suicidal thoughts in an ABC interview recently.
The co-host showed some empathy for Griffin’s cancer fight, relating her to her late father, Senator John McCain. John McCain died from cancer in 2018.
“Well first, I just wanna say it’s terrible and very scary to be diagnosed with cancer, and it’s very tragic to hear of her having an opioid addiction,” McCain said on Monday.
McCain told the audience of her family’s battle with cancer and opioid addiction before offering the comedienne’s well wishes and a speedy recovery.
But after that, things went south quickly.
McCain’s irritation with old jokes about her close friend and ‘American Idol’ contestant Clay Aiken bubbled to the surface. At the time, Aiken had not opened up to the world about his sexuality.
“She made very, very, very cruel and homophobic jokes about him before he was out of the closet,” McCain said.
Despite her jokes, the 60-year-old Griffin is well known for her support of the LGBT+ community.
McCain deduced that her friend was lucky not to have become addicted to drugs in light of the comments. Griffin’s words are still widely available on YouTube. The outgoing ‘View’ host said she would have liked to hear an apology to Aiken amid her sympathy tour.
“So I don’t like her,” McCain said. “I’m never gonna like her for all the jokes she made about Clay.”
In another charge, McCain shared her strong feelings against Griffin for her 2017 photos with a bloodied Donald Trump mask. She said the images were akin to what terrorist groups do to American soldiers.
Meghan McCain Attacks on Cancer Victim Kathy Griffin Draw Mixed Reaction
The show segment had mixed reactions with LGTBQ and cancer survivors on social media. Popculture.com reported that McCain did not respond to the backlash from her Griffin comments after the show.
Aiken weighed in on the controversy. Aiken sent her kind words in a Tweet.
“Love and prayers for a speedy recovery to my dear friend,” Aiken said. “Selfless and gracious, she even hosted a fundraiser for my congressional campaign years ago. Get well soon Kathy. I miss your jokes!”
Love and prayers for a speedy recovery to my dear friend @kathygriffin!— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) August 2, 2021
Selfless and gracious, she even hosted a fundraiser for my congressional campaign years ago.
Get well soon Kathy. I miss your jokes! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dR7NY4FzJD
In another McCain show moment, the co-host avoided interviewing outspoken Trump niece, Mary Trump. The guest called out McCain for not having the “courage” to talk about “very difficult subjects.”
Later, McCain responded to Trump’s comments, tweeting, “There is no ‘good’ Trump family member to me. Continue to wish they would all just leave me and my entire family the f— alone.”