‘The View’: Meghan McCain Fires Back at Critics Who Say She’s ‘Lazy’ Due to Her Parents

by Jennifer Shea

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain says she’s had to deal with preconceived notions about being a spoiled brat all her life. The talk show co-host is the daughter of late Arizona Sen. John McCain. So she has some sympathy for other children of privilege who feel judged for their celebrity parents.

“Look, I can only speak for myself, but every single door I’ve ever walked in my entire life, people automatically assume that you’re going to be a lazy, spoiled brat that won’t contribute to anything because you have famous parents,” McCain said on “The View” Thursday.

“It’s something I have dealt with my entire life,” she went on. “I no longer care. I think my work ethic speaks for itself. But I think people think when you have a famous family or a famous parent, everything is just given to you and things are really easy.”

The show got onto that subject because the hosts had been discussing an upcoming short film. The film is written by Stephen King’s son, directed by Steven Spielberg’s daughter and stars Sean Penn’s son. So naturally, the topic of nepotism arose.

McCain acknowledged that the would-be filmmakers “got help because of who their parents are.” And she conceded few people are going to feel sorry for them. But she insisted that having famous parents comes with some downsides, too.

“The majority of the people I know with famous parents have struggled with very serious demons because… everything you do is going to be compared to what the famous person has done,” McCain said. She added that it’s a “tall order.”

McCain Is Leaving ‘The View’

Earlier this month, McCain announced that she is leaving “The View.” Her co-hosts were reportedly caught off guard by the news.

Sources told Page Six that McCain would be glad to leave. And her co-hosts weren’t exactly sorry to see her go.

“[McCain has] been miserable since she started” there in 2017, a source said.

McCain’s co-hosts also reportedly complained about the outspoken conservative to ABC executives. When new ABC News president Kim Godwin arrived, they made their dislike of McCain known, according to Page Six. The previous regime at ABC had always defended McCain. Executives had essentially responded to complaints with, “Put up or get out.”

The biggest factor in McCain’s exit was probably the pandemic. Since it hit, McCain has relocated from New York City to Washington, D.C. And she’s started a family there with her husband, pundit Ben Domenech. While ABC did try to keep McCain on the show, it also firmly requested that she return to the show’s New York studio.

“The geography was a big piece of it,” a source told People.

McCain had two years left on her contract with the show. But she will instead stick with “The View” for the rest of its current season, which ends this month.