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Meghan McCain, Feeling Like an ‘Exhausted, Defeated… Caged Animal,’ May Exit ‘The View’

ABC’s female-focused talkfest The View—whose fractious interpersonal relationships on and off the air have provided endless fodder for tabloid-ready gossip over the past two decades—seems poised to claim yet another casualty.

The show’s resident conservative Republican, Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, is seriously considering calling it quits and not accepting ABC’s offer to return for The View’s 23rd season next September.

If this came to pass, it would be after two testy years of strident on-camera battles with her liberal-Democrat fellow panelists, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin, and damaging leaks concerning her allegedly abusive and boorish backstage behavior.

According to sources close to the 34-year-old McCain, who is said to make something under a million dollars a year on the highly rated daytime program, she is emotionally drained, angry, and isolated—“feeling like a caged animal,” said one McCain intimate—amid a spate of negative publicity.

Much of this has appeared on the popular website of the Daily Mail that has portrayed her as entitled, unreasonable, “manic,” and self-obsessed—a “petulant child,” given to “crying fits” when she’s roasted on social media.

She feels “so exhausted and defeated,” said a knowledgeable source, after her two seasons of discontent.

“It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week,” said a McCain pal, who asked not to be further identified. “If she doesn’t stay at The View, she will find other work.”

McCain, who continues to grieve over her famous father’s August 2018 death from brain cancer but has been helped by therapy, declined an interview request from The Daily Beast, where she spent nearly four years as a regular columnist until late 2012.

“I think she does want to be there. I think she wants to be on the show. She realizes it’s a very good platform for her and we love having her there. I feel like she will come back.” — Hilary Estey McLoughlin

“We don’t want people to attack Meghan. We’re happy to have Meghan there,” Hilary Estey McLoughlin, the show’s senior executive producer, told The Daily Beast. “I think she does want to be there. I think she wants to be on the show. She realizes it’s a very good platform for her and we love having her there. I feel like she will come back.”

However, as McLoughlin acknowledged, “these stories don’t seem to go away.”

“What happens with Meghan is that because she’s so passionate about what she’s talking about, and she feels very strongly that she’s carrying this mantle for the conservative perspective, and what she wants to talk about is so important to her, I think that’s the part that’s the most draining for her,” McLoughlin said.

Like her father, a salty-tongued former Navy pilot who was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War and spent five years as a prisoner under torture, McCain is unusually self-aware, knows she comes on too strong for many people and occasionally offends them (although she is quick to apologize in private for missteps).

Yet even when she knows it would help her, she seldom practices tact and diplomacy. She “has a mouth like a trucker,” said a person familiar with McCain’s M.O. She “swears a lot.” She’s “got to stop, because it keeps impacting her life.”

Her father “raised her like a guy,” this person said, adding that she “feels different in every way a person can feel different —everything from politically to just socially to where she’s from.”

In contrast to many of her colleagues, who spend weekends in the Hamptons, McCain likes to spend her time off at home in Arizona, “hanging out in the creek and doing Jell-O shots and shooting guns,” this person said.

In early May, when her husband, right-wing publisher and editor Ben Domenech, took to Twitter to hurl obscene and homophobic insults at Seth Meyers—after the former Saturday Night Live comic pressed McCain, a guest on his NBC late-night show, over her “dangerous” comments about Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar’s alleged anti-Semitism—she was hardly thrilled.

Her husband’s social-media behavior created more unwelcome heat and embarrassment for McCain, a high-profile supporter of LGBTQ causes.

With the passage of time, however, she’s much more appreciative of Domenech’s attempt at gallantry, said this person, who added that they were probably attracted to each other, in part, due to their common traits as loud-mouthed, impassioned “Alphas.”

Sadly, they got engaged to be married at the Mayo Clinic as her father was dying of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. By the day of the wedding in November 2017, John McCain was too weak and ill to walk her down the aisle.

Compared to others who have held The View’s “conservative” seat over the past 22 years, notably Survivor alum Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, “Meghan is bolder and more fearless in what she’s willing to say and how she challenges people,” McLoughlin said. “I think she sometimes feels isolated because she’s carrying this mantle and she takes it very personally. It’s a hard job. It’s the hardest job on the show, for sure.”

“What is so amazing about having Meghan on the show is she literally has inside-knowledge sources, and she grew up in the world of politics, and that has been such an asset to our show” — Candi Carter

Meanwhile, Co-Executive Producer Candi Carter, an Oprah alum who presides in the View’s control room while her counterpart Brian Teta supervises the show from the studio audience, told The Daily Beast: “What is so amazing about having Meghan on the show is she literally has inside-knowledge sources, and she grew up in the world of politics, and that has been such an asset to our show.”

The View was recently dubbed “The Most Important Political TV Show in America” by a New York Times Magazine cover story.

As for the flood of leaks, “Those leaks 100 percent undermine our ability to put on a show every day,” Carter said. “It’s really difficult… Trust me, nobody is happy about the fact that there are leaks.”

Members of McCain’s inner circle are constantly speculating on the source of leaks that have cast her as a backstage villain, and McCain—who is distrustful of many of her View coworkers—has occasionally gone over McLoughlin’s head to such ABC News executives as Senior Vice President Barbara Fedida to complain about perceived mistreatment.

In an incident three months ago, McCain—an obsessive follower of social media—was incensed when she noticed that longtime View makeup artist Karen Dupiche had “liked” an anti-Meghan video montage posted on Twitter by liberal CNN commentator Angela Rye.

The 50-second montage begins with a widely publicized clip of McCain talking over her View co-host Joy Behar, who pleads “Let me just finish” during a debate on immigration, and McCain snapping imperiously: “Part of your job is to listen to me.”

It continues with a clip of Maya Angelou intoning “You have no license!” and one of View moderator Whoopi Goldberg (in her Oscar-winning role from the 1990 hit Ghost) warning, “You in danger, girl!”

Then comes the image of two high-school girls fighting violently in a cafeteria scuffle; then Meryl Streep telling Goldie Hawn—in the 1992 film Death Becomes Her—“You brought this on yourself!” before shooting her; then a woman expressing the wish to “pimp-slap her”; and so on and so forth.

Several sources told The Daily Beast that McCain asked that Dupiche be fired—an assertion denied by a member of McCain’s inner circle. “She doesn’t have that power,” this person said. According to people familiar with the incident, McCain ultimately received a text message of apology from Dupiche after the makeup artist was spoken to by higher-ups. (Dupiche didn’t respond to a request for comment sent via her professional website.)

It also didn’t go unnoticed by Team McCain, however, that Sunny Hostin began following cartoonist Eli Valley on Twitter shortly after he posted a grotesque caricature of a cross-wearing Meghan in March lampooning her supposedly hypocritical support for the Jewish people and state of Israel. McCain herself tweeted at Valley: “This is one of the most anti-semitic things I’ve ever seen. Also, this reveals so much more about you than it does me…”

The 50-year-old Hostin, a former Justice Department lawyer and federal sex-crimes prosecutor who also works as a legal analyst for ABC News, clashes regularly with McCain on the air, and members of Team McCain speculate that Hostin, who keeps her cool on camera, has been a source of some of the negative publicity—though not directly. (Indeed, while Hostin declined an interview request, two members of her inner circle, responding to emails sent to Hostin from The Daily Beast, shared unflattering comments about McCain.)

A close friend of McCain’s, who asked not to be further identified, recounted that Hostin spoke to her at two different social occasions—a book party and an engagement party—about McCain’s alleged antisocial behavior at The View.

“Knowing how close I am to Meghan, she starts talking shit about Meghan to me,” this person said, adding that she promptly relayed Hostin’s comments to McCain. “She said ‘Meghan’s not doing well,’ and then she shakes her head. And she’s, like, feigning concern. ‘She doesn’t talk to anyone… She can’t handle the pressure… She’s condescending about her grieving for her father… Meghan’s not handling this well.’”

“Sunny and Meghan are colleagues. Sunny says what she needs to say on The View and refuses to take part in gossip. She declines the invitation to be dragged into the mud. As a former Federal prosecutor and an Emmy-winning journalist, it’s beneath her.” — Sunny Hostin’s personal publicist

Responding to this account, as well as to Team McCain’s suspicion that Hostin is one of the leakers, Hostin’s personal publicist emailed: “Sunny and Meghan are colleagues. Sunny says what she needs to say on The View and refuses to take part in gossip. She declines the invitation to be dragged into the mud. As a former federal prosecutor and an Emmy-winning journalist, it’s beneath her.”

The airing of dirty laundry, of course, is nothing new for The View, whose backstage contretemps—surrounding show creator Barbara Walters’ profanity-laced conflicts with Rosie O’Donnell (the profanity courtesy of O’Donnell); O’Donnell’s battles with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Donald Trump, and Whoopi Goldberg; and Star Jones’ battles with everyone—have provided enough juicy anecdotes for countless gossip items as well as for a bestselling book, former Daily Beast and Newsweek reporter Ramin Setoodeh’s Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View.”

“I certainly don’t think it’s someone on our show. I don’t think it’s one of the hosts,” McLoughlin said about the cascade of damaging stories. “I don’t think that someone who is working there today is doing this… I don’t think Sunny is the leak. I don’t. I don’t think anyone who is working on the show could be that overtly doing something that’s potentially problematic for their own careers.

McLoughlin added: “You would have to be pretty much willing to not have the job anymore to do that, and I don’t think anyone on the show would want that to happen to themselves.”

The London-based Daily Mail, which boasts a massive New York bureau of nearly 200 employees, began targeting Meghan McCain soon after she joined The View—from Fox News’ midday show Outnumbered—in October 2017.

The month after McCain arrived, the Mail reported that her View colleagues had nicknamed her “Elsa” from from the Disney movie Frozen due to her “cold and distant demeanor.”

After that, the leaks quickly became an unstoppable torrent. Recent Daily Mail exclusives—apparently based on interviews with backstage “insiders”—have claimed that longtime View moderator Whoopi Goldberg is “at her breaking point with Meghan”; and that McCain angrily called Co-Executive Producer Brian Teta a “motherfucker” during a commercial break within earshot of the studio audience.

In an interview, Teta called the Daily Mail account—which quoted McCain as screaming at Teta, “You motherf***er, how could you let this happen to me?” after she misidentified one lawyer for another during a Hot Topics segment last week—as inaccurate.

Teta—who, virtually alone among The View’s producers, enjoys a close and trusting relationship with McCain—confirmed a witness’ account that McCain uttered the ill-advised epithet during a bantering discussion of an upcoming celebrity-guest segment that she didn’t feel like doing.

“Your opinion doesn’t matter,” Teta quipped.

Attempting a joke, McCain retorted, “Then you’re going to have a mutiny on your hands, motherfucker.”

Teta promptly scolded McCain that she couldn’t speak that way in front of the studio audience—and a chastened McCain immediately apologized, not once but several times over ensuing days.

“It wasn’t done out of genuine anger,” Teta told The Daily Beast. “In her mind, it was playful banter… To her credit, she said ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to be disrespectful, I was just playing with you.’”

Teta also said that, contrary to the Daily Mail’s report, nobody from HR was involved.

“Don’t feel bad for me, bitch. I’m paid to do this. OK?” — Meghan McCain to Joy Behar

The day after, during a commercial break, Goldberg got a laugh by repeating the bad word as news of McCain’s gaffe rocketed through cyberspace. (Despite stories to the contrary, Goldberg, a friend of McCain’s dad, has a friendly relationship with her—as evidenced by her habit of calling her “baby” on the air.)

McCain’s pals are also at pains to knock down rumors of acrimony with Joy Behar—especially the Daily Mail’s recent claim that “things are unraveling behind the scenes… in large part due to bad blood between McCain and Behar” after McCain addressed the 76-year-old standup comic as “bitch” on the air.

“I’m the sacrificial Republican every day,” McCain complained during a heated discussion of President Donald Trump’s kickoff campaign rally last month.

“Awww,” Behar retorted mockingly.

“Don’t feel bad for me, bitch. I’m paid to do this. OK?” McCain fired back.

The two frequently address each other in their private text messages as “bitch” as a term of affection, a McCain intimate said. Behar, for one, told The Daily Beast that the reports of personal animosity are inaccurate.

“People write about us as if we hate each other, and we really don’t. I don’t have a problem with her.” — Joy Behar

“We get along fine,” Behar said about her relationship with McCain. “We both like to fight in a certain way, and we like to argue. We’ve had big fights over the last couple of years on the air, but basically she’s very strong in her position, and I’m very strong in my position, and we fight, we argue. So what? That’s what makes the show interesting, I think. People write about us as if we hate each other, and we really don’t. I don’t have a problem with her.”

Behar added: “I hate to tell you that because it’s kind of fun to write about. But that’s the truth.”

McCain was especially upset, said a knowledgeable source, by a recent Daily Mail story that suggested she was faking illness when she took two sick days off the show in order to avoid talking on-air about a federal ethics investigation of her father-in-law, an Interior Department official.

McCain was actually getting medical treatment during her time off, knowledgeable sources said.

The portrayal of McCain as “a raving lunatic,” as one intimate put it, is at odds with the experience of longtime friends such as fellow View panelist Abby Huntsman and Firing Line host Margaret Hoover (wife of former Daily Beast Editor in Chief John Avlon).

“Meghan has been a friend for a decade,” Hoover emailed. “She is definitely her father’s daughter—the good and the bad. She has his character and backbone. Like him, she’s a passionate personality who speaks her mind and is bullshit-intolerant.”

Hoover added: “She’s shown a great deal of grace under pressure in a difficult time, and the haters should keep that in mind.”

McCain seems more grounded, and less strident, when fellow Fox News alum and close friend Huntsman—who joined The View as a co-host this season—is at the table. Whenever Huntsman is absent, as she has been in recent weeks on maternity leave after delivering twins, McCain has appeared more edgy on the air.

They are both daughters of wealthy families and prominent Republican politicians; Jon Huntsman, the son of a chemical industry billionaire, is former governor of Utah, former U.S. ambassador to China under President Barack Obama, and President Trump’s current ambassador to the Russian Federation.

“We’re as different as two people can possibly be, and I think people see that on and off-camera, and we laugh about it,” the more politically moderate and soft-spoken Huntsman told The Daily Beast. “We always say I’m the good cop and she’s the bad cop. It works, but we handle every situation completely differently. There are those moments when Meghan will say, ‘How are you so patient with me, and how are you still my friend?’ and first of all I love her to death.”

“It’s hard going from being great friends to working on one of the most difficult television shows.” — Abby Huntsman

Huntsman added: “There are moments when she can get worked up, and there are moments when she’s the sweetest, most wonderful person in the world… With Meghan, I know how to navigate it. I know not to fire back at certain times, you know, let it breathe for a day and then we’ll come back. Because we’ve had our moments where we’ve had to talk things through. It’s hard going from being great friends to working on one of the most difficult television shows.”

Huntsman continued: “I think you only survive in this crazy business when you have people you can trust. And I think that what is frustrating for her, on the show, is that she doesn’t have that with a lot of people there.”

Meghan McCain, the conservative commentator and daughter of late Senator John McCain, is considering leaving The View, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday, with sources close to the pundit saying she feels like a “caged animal” on the daytime talk show. “It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week,” a friend of McCain’s said.

McCain, 34, has co-hosted the show since 2017. Her time on the panel has coincided with a ratings surge—something likely driven in part by the rise of Donald Trump, but that some have attributed to McCain herself. She’s also been a lightning rod, attracting criticism and sometimes mockery for her impassioned on-air feuds with her liberal co-hosts, particularly Joy Behar. In an especially fraught chapter this spring, McCain cried on air over tweets by Rep. Ilhan Omar that she interpreted as anti-semitic. “It’s very scary,” McCain said, noting that while she is not Jewish herself, she considers former Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his wife “family.” Omar apologized for the tweets, but McCain kept up her barrage even after the congresswoman, one of the first Muslim women elected to the House, began to receive death threats.

The dust-up culminated with a tense appearance by McCain on Late Night with Seth Meyers during which the host pressed her on her “dangerous” language about Omar. The negative attention, along with reported off-screen drama with other View hosts and staff members, is reportedly weighing on McCain, who feels “exhausted and defeated” and may not return for the show’s 23rd season. “I think you only survive in this crazy business when you have people you can trust,” friend and fellow View host Abby Huntsman, daughter of diplomat Jon Huntsman, told the Daily Beast. “And I think that what is frustrating for her, on the show, is that she doesn’t have that with a lot of people there.”

While McCain has often drawn criticism from the left, she’s also played Trump antagonist, pointedly criticizing the president during her eulogy for her father in 2018. “The America of John McCain does not need to be made great again, because America was always great,” she said in one of several thinly-veiled swipes. She has continued to call Trump out over his ongoing feud with the late senator. “It’s impossible to go through the grief process when my father, who’s been dead 10 months, is constantly in the news cycle because the President is so obsessed with the fact that he’s never going to be a great man like he was,” McCain said in May after US officials instructed the Navy to hide a ship bearing McCain’s name from Trump’s view during a trip to Japan.

Still, her recent tenure on the program has been dominated by reports of bad blood behind the scenes and on-air clashes with Behar and others. Behar has denied any personal animosity, and others in her orbit, including Huntsman, have downplayed reported backstage dramas. In a statement to Vanity Fair, a representative for ABC said, “The co-hosts and The View have had an incredible season and we expect them all back for an epic year ahead.” And in an interview with the Daily Beast, executive producer Hilary Estey McLoughlin suggested that she believes McCain will be back next season. “I think she does want to be there,” she said. “She realizes it’s a very good platform for her and we love having her there. I feel like she will come back.” Still, McLoughlin added pointedly, “These stories don’t seem to go away.”

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Meghan McCain: the postergirl for toxic femininity

Meghan McCain seems to have appointed herself the leading authority on antisemitism in America. She may not be Jewish herself but some of her best friends are Jewish, you know? And of course, she’s also the daughter of the late senator John McCain, something she is not shy about pointing out, which automatically qualifies her as an expert on everything.

According to McCain, the rise of antisemitism in America has little to do with white nationalism and everything to do with Ilhan Omar. McCain is obsessed with the Muslim congresswoman and has repeatedly misrepresented Omar’s comments about the Israel lobby in America. In an April appearance on This Week With George Stephanopoulos McCain even tried to blame Omar for the horrific Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting in San Diego. To be clear, the man suspected of being responsible for that shooting is a white nationalist who also claims he burned down a nearby mosque.

McCain’s relentless bad faith attacks against Omar are vile and dangerous. On Tuesday, during an appearance on Late Night, host Seth Meyers, to his immense credit, called her out on it. Meyers noted that Omar has acknowledged she needs to be more careful about her language. “Don’t you think people who talk about her need to be a little bit more thoughtful as well?” Meyers asked. “Or do you stand by those comments of tying her rhetoric to the synagogue shooting?”

McCain’s response to this polite, reasonable question was to go on an outraged and borderline incomprehensible tirade in which, in between splutters, she continued to mischaracterize Omar’s language. Visibly agitated by Meyers’ thoughtful questioning, McCain also demanded to know whether the TV host was Omar’s “publicist”. Somehow she managed to restrain herself from asking to see Meyers’ manager.

Ben Domenech, McCain’s husband and the founder of the rightwing website the Federalist, was equally unimpressed with Meyers. Shortly after the interview, Domenech went on a (now-deleted) Twitter rant in which he called Meyers a “cuck” who regularly “gargled balls”. Domenech also accused Meyers of antisemitism because, obviously, nothing is more antisemitic than criticizing McCain.

While McCain is very good at criticizing others, she is not so good at listening to criticism. Should you so much as insinuate that she isn’t god’s gift to the Earth, the talkshow host and professional “daughter of a famous man”, immediately turns herself into a victim. Performances like the one on Tuesday are not a one-off: she is constantly flying into a rage or bursting into tears. Constantly turning herself into a damsel in distress in order to shut down other women and avoid accountability. She is a prime example of what writer Luvvie Ajayi has described as the “weary weaponising of white women’s tears”. If toxic femininity exists, then there is no better example of it than Meghan McCain.

Ben Shapiro throws a temper tantrum on the BBC

In the same way that Meghan McCain thinks she is an expert on antisemitism, Ben Shapiro thinks he is an authority on abortion. The rightwing media personality has been busy mansplaining women’s health on Twitter this week, in light of Georgia’s terrifying new abortion ban. (Read Moira Donegan’s take on the new six-week ban here.) On Thursday he also spoke on the BBC about the issue. Or rather he had a meltdown and accused Andrew Neil, a notoriously conservative presenter, of being a “leftist”. Why on earth does anyone take Shapiro seriously?

Anti-abortion extremists want to turn America into Gilead

It’s been a horrific week for women in America. Georgia, Ohio and Alabama have all pushed forward bills that effectively ban abortion, limit birth control and make women who seek abortions liable for the death penalty. A woman could even be sent to prison if she miscarries. None of these bills are in effect yet (voting on Alabama’s abortion ban, which gets rid of exceptions in the case of rape or incest, has been postponed) and will face much opposition. But that doesn’t mean you should be complacent: anti-abortion extremists have made it clear they are intent on turning back the clock in America. And, as Jessica Valenti notes in a bone-chilling thread, American women are already being punished for getting abortions.

Lisa Stamey protests against Georgia’s anti-abortion bill at the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Paternity leave has Spanish men reaching for birth control

In 2007 Spain implemented a new policy giving most new dads fully paid paternity leave. A new study has found this policy may have had the unintended effect of putting Spanish men off having more kids: parents entitled to the leave took longer to have another child than families that weren’t eligible for it. Researchers hypothesized that spending more time with their kids may have prompted dads to shift “their preferences from child quantity to quality”.

Is Denmark the ‘least feminist’ place in the world?

Just one in six Danes would call themselves a “feminist” according to a new survey of global attitudes towards gender. The survey also found more Danish women would prefer to be wolf-whistled than called a feminist. This aversion to the F-word may have something to do with the fact that Denmark is one of the best places in the world to be a woman; perhaps people don’t feel as much need to define themselves as feminist? If any Danish readers could spread further light on the issue, please do write in.

A pro-tip for avoiding unwanted male attention

Reductress has got some A+ satire commenting on coverage of the 2020 elections. “Existing as a woman in the world can be frustrating,” they write. “Men hit on us at bars, make passes at us on the train, even follow us on the streets. But recently I’ve noticed that there’s an emerging group of women who barely have to deal with any attention from men at all. I wanted that for my life … and that’s why I’m announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.”

“The President is obsessed with the fact he’s never going to be a great man” like the late Sen. John McCain, The View panelist/John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain said at the top of the ABC News program Thursday morning.

The night before the broadcast, the Wall Street Journal reported that the name on the side of USS John McCain warship was obscured so it could not be seen during President Donald Trump’s visit to Tokyo, where the ship is stationed.

A couple hours before The View broadcast, during one of his White House lawn pop-up pressers as he headed to Colorado Springs, Trump said he had not ordered that move and was not aware of it, but that whoever did it was well intended.

“The President’s actions have consequences,” Meghan McCain said. “And when you repeatedly are attacking my father… it creates a culture in the military where people are clearly fearful to show my father’s name in one way or another. That is what started this chain of events.”

McCain claimed she’s taking a lot of criticism in the media “across the board” for how often she speaks about her father, “how I grieve, how I do it publicly.”

But, she argued, “it’s impossible to go through the grief process” when her father, who died 10 months ago of brain cancer, “is constantly in the news cycle because the President is so obsessed with the fact never going to be a great man like he was.”

Calling it a “bizarre way to grieve,” she charged Trump with “weaponizing” her father’s legacy.

To the press, she said, “please have little more compassion. This is very hard…I try to put on a game face every day, try and be as stoic as possible.”

“But grief is tricky, she said, adding, “when Trump is doing this, it makes it that much harder.”

Trump’s Wednesday night tweet after the WSJ report broke:

I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan. Nevertheless, @FLOTUS and I loved being with our great Military Men and Women – what a spectacular job they do!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019

Ms. McCain, for her part, reminded everyone that this is to be expected, as she is “hyper, hyper conservative.” This “agree to disagree” stance is frustrating and lies in stark contrast with the current political moment, when many are skeptical of the idea of civil discourse and who it is meant to benefit.

To be fair, “The View” has had its fair share of friction during the course of its two-decade run. Since its 1997 debut, the show has gone through nearly as many permanent co-hosts — 22 — as it has seasons, while representing a wide range of backgrounds and ideologies, including the prosecutor-turned-“Court TV” sensation Star Jones, the conservative “Survivor” alum Elisabeth Hasselbeck and the anti-vaccine activist Jenny McCarthy. Infamously, Ms. Hasselbeck and the show’s co-creator and co-star Barbara Walters argued about women’s reproductive rights on air, prompting a behind-the-scenes fiasco where Ms. Hasselbeck almost quit in mid-show.

But compared with the conflicts with the current hosts and Ms. McCain, the on-air tenor was not nearly as fraught, and the audience not nearly as reactive to the pushback.

For years, the program has held tight to the idea of “civil disagreement,” embracing the need for debate and Ms. Walters’s original vision of bringing people to the table with different backgrounds and views. In truth, nothing about these recent viral incidents is either civil or revelatory, no matter how many avowals are made to that effect. And there’s a sense that some of the audience — which in recent years has included women in the 25-to-54 demographic watching at home and those who view the viral clips online — is growing increasingly weary of the farce. (Someone has created a petition to replace Ms. McCain with the frequent contributor and fellow conservative Ana Navarro, who has been celebrated for her moments sparring with Ms. McCain. As I write this, it has close to 9,000 signees and counting.)

In many ways, it echoes the comedian Jon Stewart’s notable 2004 appearance on the CNN show “Crossfire.” Mr. Stewart harangued the hosts — the liberal Paul Begala and the conservative Tucker Carlson — and accused them of being hacks. He argued that their performance of bipartisan debate only served the politicians and corporations, as opposed to their audience, who he believed deserved to be informed and assuaged of their palpable anxiety. “To do a debate would be great,” Mr. Stewart said. “But that’s like saying pro wrestling is a show about athletic competition.”

In the earliest episodes of “The View,” Ms. Walters would sign off with a line that remains a part of the brand to this day: “Have a great day, everyone, and take a little time to enjoy the view.” At the time, the show set the standard for a new era of women’s variety programming, one that embraced public debate, but still operated with the veneer of civility. Post-2016, we are presented with a platform that is devoid of the varnish of the genteel, yet is still asking us to take a little time to enjoy the view. The problem is, with Ms. McCain still on the show, there’s not much to enjoy.

Shamira Ibrahim (@_ShamGod) is a culture writer and reporter based in Brooklyn.

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Whoopi Goldberg scolds Meghan McCain during impeachment debate: ‘Please stop talking’

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The moment came shortly after co-host Sunny HostinSunny HostinJames Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Whoopi Goldberg on fight with Meghan McCain: ‘Sometimes it goes off the rails’ Meghan McCain after confrontation with Whoopi Goldberg: ‘I won’t be quiet’ MORE began discussing the differences she saw surrounding former President Clinton’s Senate impeachment trial and the situation now over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

“You had so many senators that voted to not only impeach but also convict President Clinton for, yes, perjuring himself,” Hostin said. “Many of those same people are still in the Senate. I cannot believe they would vote to impeach and convict a sitting president for perjuring himself and they would not vote to convict a president, and remove a president, who clearly wanted to use a foreign government for his own personal benefit to impede our very democracy.”


“That is the height of hypocrisy for this Republican-led Senate,” she said. “I don’t understand it.”

“My job here is not to litigate the ethics of it. I’m an ABC political analyst along with being a ‘View’ co-host, my job is to analyze the politics of it,” McCain, the daughter of the late Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain’We, the people’ define corruption — and deliver the verdict James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Conservative activist wins contest to represent New Hampshire at Republican National Convention MORE (R), chimed in after. “And I’m telling you the politics —”

“But I’m not talking about you,” Hostin responded, “I’m talking about people that are the senators —”

“Just let me finish. I let you talk. Just let me finish,” McCain said as she and Hostin continued to talk over each other.

Goldberg then cut in trying to steer the conversation away when McCain asked whether people wanted to hear a conservative perspective “on the show ever.”

“Girl, please stop talking,” Goldberg responded. “Please stop talking right now.”


“I’m not behaving like anything,” McCain continued. “I’m trying to show conservative perspective.”

The show then cut to commercial break after Goldberg called for a timeout.

The moment between Goldberg and McCain went viral on Twitter not long after.

#TheView. The look ya gonna get from Whoopi when you REALLY piss her off!

— Just Jo (@BeekGram2) December 16, 2019

Whoopi Goldberg telling Megan McCain to “just stop talking” is the Hanukkah gift I knew I needed but never dreamed I would actually receive

— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) December 16, 2019

whoopi really said “girl please stop talking”

— Déjà The View (@dejatheviewpod) December 16, 2019 — Calio Williamson (@CalioWilliamson) December 16, 2019

It’s getting closer and closer to tha moment Whoopi takes her out #TheView

— Tasha ✌ (@TarshaTee) December 16, 2019

Monday’s episode comes months after McCain and Ana NavarroAna Violeta NavarroWhoopi Goldberg scolds Meghan McCain during impeachment debate: ‘Please stop talking’ Trump-Rocky photo explodes on social media: ‘Mastered the art of drunk-tweeting, sober’ Ana Navarro clashes with Rand Paul in fiery exchange: ‘Don’t mansplain!’ MORE got into a heated debate on the show during a discussion on the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint helped spark the House’s impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Meghan McCain has taken an on-air argument with Whoopi Goldberg onto social media after The View co-hosts had a heated discussion about the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The pair, along with co-hosts Abby Huntsman, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin, were talking about whether the Republicans or the Democrats were approaching the impeachment process impartially.

Ahead of Congress deciding on impeachment Wednesday, the segment started with soundbites from Senator Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggesting they had already decided which whey they would vote if it came to trial.

Goldberg asked whether the senators had effectively admitted they were prepared “to violate their constitutional duty” by coming to a decision before they had even heard the evidence.

Meghan McCain, Co-Host of ‘The View’, at the Netflix ‘Medal of Honor’ screening on November 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. She has responded on Twitter to an apparent on-air spat with fellow host Whoopi Goldberg. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

But McCain countered by saying that the impeachment was a “completely partisan process” from those on both the left and the right, and that the general public had “tuned out because both sides are making it as political as they are.”

Then tempers started to fray when Hostin described the differences between the current impeachment process and that of the former Democrat President Bill Clinton, which the GOP had backed, calling it “the height of hypocrisy for this Republican-led Senate.”

McCain interrupted, saying: “My job here is not to litigate the ethics of it. I’m an ABC political analyst along with being a View co-host, my job is to analyze the politics of it.”

Dems and Rs alike need to confront the ugly truth: both parties are failing to be impartial jurors. I won’t be quiet, even if the reality reflects poorly on the entire political establishment. I have a responsibility to speak for the 50% that feels media doesn’t represent them.

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 16, 2019

After she interrupted Hoskin again, McCain said: “do you want to hear a conservative perspective on the show ever?”

Goldberg lost patience with McCain, saying: “Girl, please stop talking right now.”

After more sparring, an agitated Goldberg then threw to an advertisement break while the audience murmured at the rise in tension in the studio.

Newsweek has contacted ABC for comment about the spat.

McCain, the daughter of the late John McCain, took to Twitter afterward to double down on her view that the impeachment process had been too politicized by both parties.

She tweeted: “I won’t be quiet, even if the reality reflects poorly on the entire political establishment. I have a responsibility to speak for the 50% that feels media doesn’t represent them.”

She also said: “Dems and Rs alike need to confront the ugly truth: both parties are failing to be impartial jurors.”

She also tweeted a poll from RealClearPolitics that showed public support for impeachment was diminishing, with the message: “Pointing out things that are true is part of my job even if it angers people and even if it’s politically inconvenient.”

It is the latest clash between McCain and her co-hosts. Back in September, she stormed off the set of The View after a dispute with Ana Navarro.

Level of support in the House for impeachment. Statista