Mccain on the view

  • There’s a petition going around that calls for The View to replace Meghan McCain.
  • The conservative ABC talk show co-host has been on the program since 2017. She has frequently sparred with liberal panelists Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.
  • Meghan took to Instagram to share a strong quote amid all the replacement reports circulating.

Meghan McCain appears to be letting all the recent internet noise about her roll off her back.

Even though The View has been on hiatus the past few weeks, the conservative co-host has been making headlines recently thanks to a circulating petition to remove her from the ABC talk show. Specifically, the petition calls for ABC to replace Meghan with either Ana Navarro (who often fills in on the show) or Fox and Friends weekend host Jedediah Bila (who left The View in 2017).

“Anyone who like me has watched The View for years and has seen the sourness and immaturity that Meghan has brought to the show doesn’t need much persuasion,” the petition’s author wrote.

Meghan has sparred a lot with her left-leaning co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg since first joining the program in 2017. In mid-December, she and Whoopi got into it after Meghan rhetorically asked if the group ever wanted to “hear a conservative perspective on the show” while discussing President Trump’s impeachment hearings.

“Please stop talking. Please stop talking right now,” Whoopi responded. The next day, both Whoopi and Meghan confirmed that all was good between them.

While the initial petition was created two years ago, it has recently picked up steam. On Wednesday, Fox News reported that the petition had amassed over 2,000 signatures — it is now up to over 5,000 signatures.

Despite the online effort to get her off the show, Meghan doesn’t appear to be fazed. On January 1, she shared on Instagram that she and her husband, Ben Domenech, had welcomed the new decade in Barcelona, Spain. She has since posted many photos and videos from her trip.

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Bring on the roaring 20’s! Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine! 🥂🍾🥂🍾

A post shared by Meghan McCain (@meghanmccain) on Dec 31, 2019 at 3:28pm PST

Amid all these travel updates, Meghan may have addressed the petition reports when she shared a quote from the late American writer Denis Johnson on her Instagram Stories. The quote she shared on January 3 read: “I make the road. I draw the map. Nothing just happens to me … I’m the one happening.”

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Of course, it’s unclear if the quote is meant to be her response to it, but nonetheless it’s definitely a strong message. When Meghan, Whoopi, Joy, Sunny Hostin and Abby Huntsman return on Monday, January 6, it’s possible that the conservative panelist will address the petition. Then again, maybe she’ll just continue to ignore it and let it all pass — we’ll have to see.

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Say it with me now: (Alleged!) Drama! At! The! View!

“Sources” told The Daily Mail that the morale over at ABC’s The View was soaring earlier this week when the show’s primary adversaries, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain, were both out sick. The piece also takes pains to point out how much everyone, especially Goldberg, loved the makeshift lineup: Sunny Hostin, Tara Setmayer, and Ana Navarro. Interesting! I wonder who The Daily Mail’s sources might be…

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Additionally, Goldberg’s role as the panel’s moderator is apparently taking a toll, with the actress and comedian apparently at wits’ end trying to keep Behar and McCain from slaughtering each other.

“Whoopi is at her breaking point with Meghan. She’s been trying to hang in there, especially keep the peace with Meghan and Joy, but we all know she’s about to break,” a source told The Daily Mail.

This same source also conveniently told the Mail that Meghan’s behind-the-scenes behavior is starting to match her on-screen persona (i.e. bad):

Beyond McCain’s on-air rants and spats with co-hosts, the source said she’s even more difficult behind the scenes.

The 34-year-old former Fox News commentator has reportedly developed a reputation for being nasty to certain producers, to the hair and makeup team and she regularly complains about the show’s executive producers to ABC bosses.

The source said: ‘Most of the producers and the award-winning glam team on our show have been here for years. I’m talking a decade-plus!

‘They have survived Rosie O’Donnell, Star Jones and even Barbara Walters. So for Meghan to be causing problems for them, it says a lot about her and really isn’t a reflection on them at all.’

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Even if you’ve only paid a fraction of a moment’s attention to The View, then you know the show has always lived and died by this kind of gossipy backstage drama—there’s a whole damn book about it. What’s been harder to delineate is what any given View era’s breaking point ends up being (see: Rosie O’Donnell). Will Goldberg, Behar, or McCain quit in dramatic fashion? Quite possibly! For them, or any of the panelists really, it’s a constant internal negotiation between using the show’s huge, well-documented, and much ballyhooed platform to seriously raise your profile and get your message out and having to spend too many of your waking hours with people you consider to be the worst demons from hell.

Good luck to all.

Update, 3:40 p.m. ET: Breaking! As totally expected, McCain BLASTED any rumors of backstage brawling as “fake news,” the president’s favorite term.

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But how do we KNOW McCain is being honest?

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Checkmate.

‘The View’: Sunny Hostin Avoids Talking About Meghan McCain Drama

Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain share the “Hot Topics” table on The View every morning. The two co-hosts sit next to each other and have often sparred over political issues. Recently, the show was plagued with rumors that McCain was so “rude” to her fellow panelists that they were shunning her. The former prosecutor finally spoke about the drama but it wasn’t the answer people were expecting.

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In an article published on January 22, Page Six caught up with Hostin during the opening night of A Soldier’s Play. She was asked to comment on Abby Huntsman’s exit from the ABC talk show.

“We’re covering I think a really important time in our country and everyone is really passionate and I think we’re all on edge for the country and I think that’s what people are seeing,” Hostin told the publication. “We’re happy for Abby, we’re sad for us of course because she did some of the lifting of our spirits and now she’s not there.”

When they asked Hostin about the rumors that McCain was rude to the rest of the cast she said, “I think they should speak to Meghan.”

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I love bad bitches that’s my f$&$ing problem… @joyvbehar @sunny

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Meghan McCain talks about fight with Abby Huntsman

During her appearance on Watch What Happens Live, McCain talked about the rumors about The View. The conservative co-host admitted to having had a fight with Huntsman before she quit.

“We did get in a fight, which is a very small fight and a friend-fight,” McCain confirmed. “All friendships have ups and downs and it was bizarre for me to have the fact that we got into one fight to be put under dissection in the media.”

McCain said that the scrutiny the show’s hosts have received has “been really emotionally taxing to have our friendship used this way in the media.”

Following Huntsman’s exit, McCain also revealed that they are still friends and continue to communicate.

“Abby and I have been friends for over 10 years. Our parents were friends in politics, we worked at Fox together, part of the reason of why she came to The View is because we were friends. We are still very good friends. We are very close and I just talked to her yesterday morning,” McCain explained.

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Wishing my amazing friend and co-host @HuntsmanAbby nothing but the best on her next chapter! @theviewabc is less without you and your light. I wish you, your family, & your father #JonHuntsman’s campaign all the absolute best. He’s lucky to have you officially lead his team! ♥️

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Meghan McCain also talks about Whoopi Goldberg feud

Huntsman was not the only one that McCain has feuded with. During the last week of new shows in December 2019, McCain and Whoopi Goldberg got into a heated exchange. It all ended up with the Sister Act star telling McCain to “stop talking.”

“It was rough,” McCain told Andy Cohen on WWHL. “I will say that she was having a bad day and we talked about it that night and the next day. It’s live TV and it’s really stressful times for everyone. I adore her. She apologized off-air, she apologized on-air. We all f***-up on the show. I forgive her and I love her and I could not do the show… if she leaves, I go.”

Both of the ladies talked things out and things have cooled off between them.

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT/CT.

“I feel like I was fired,” she is quoted as saying in People.

A spokesman for Ms. Jones Reynolds, Brad Zeifman, said yesterday that she was giving no other interviews.

Image Star Jones Reynolds on Tuesday.

In addition to serving as a co-host, Ms. O’Donnell is to be the show’s informal moderator, replacing Meredith Vieira, who left earlier this month en route to the “Today” show on NBC.

Periodic disagreements and undercurrents of tension have always been an element of “The View,” which is essentially a kaffeeklatsch, albeit one in front of a studio audience. But Ms. O’Donnell’s public criticisms of Ms. Jones Reynolds have been notably sharp. In an interview on “Good Morning America” before the announcement that she was joining the show, Ms. O’Donnell expressed skepticism about Ms. Jones Reynolds’s genuineness.

Asked on April 28 about Ms. Jones Reynolds’s future in the O’Donnell era, Ms. Walters told a New York Times reporter: “Rosie will be there. And if Star wants to continue to be there, she is welcome.”

Ms. Walters said yesterday that when she made those remarks, she was aware that the network did not plan to renew Ms. Jones Reynolds’s contract. Asked to explain why she had suggested, erroneously, that Ms. Jones Reynolds would be the one making a decision about her future, Ms. Walters said, “I was trying to protect Star.”

Ms. Walters refused to say whether she concurred with the network’s decision. But she said she and the show’s other co-executive producer, Bill Geddie, had lobbied ABC for months to put off making the final decision.

Behind the Scenes of the Unpredictable Auditions for The View

After Barbara Walters had secured the daytime division’s stamp of approval for The View, she was missing just one key ingredient — her outspoken sidekicks. In the spring of 1997, she cast a wide net for the women who’d soon simply be known as “the ladies,” the coconspirators in her shenanigans. As Barbara came to announce every day in the show’s opening credits, she wanted The View to be multigenerational. She arrived at the number of cohosts, four, through TV math. Three would be too few, and with five, not everybody might be able to speak before the next commercial break.

Barbara, who couldn’t resist being a journalist even in social settings, probing dinner guests for intimate secrets, left no stone unturned in her search for the perfect View cohosts. She had producer Bill Geddie research every female TV personality between the ages of 20 and 50. They couldn’t aim too high, for a Joan Rivers or Brooke Shields, because they didn’t have a budget for real salaries.

Barbara knew that she couldn’t devote all her time to The View. With her other commitments at ABC News, Barbara planned on appearing on her talk show two to three days a week. The other reason to keep some distance: her lawyer told her not to position herself as the lead on The View, in the likely scenario that the show imploded. That meant someone else would need to steer the daily Hot Topics debates. “I did not make myself the moderator, which I regret,” Barbara said. “Yes, it’s much more fun being the moderator.”

Meredith Vieira, an ex–60 Minutes correspondent, crept on the short list for that role, based on a recommendation from the show’s supervising producer, Jessica Stedman Guff. Meredith, 43 at the time, knew Barbara from bumping into her in the elevators at ABC, and she needed a job, since her newsmagazine show, Turning Point, was on the verge of cancellation. But Meredith wasn’t sure if this was the right step for her career. Before social media, serious women in journalism couldn’t dish on a talk show about their opinions. “Once she crossed the line, she was afraid she was going to be a joke,” Geddie said.

“I remember being very hesitant about even going to audition,” Meredith told me over breakfast near her home on the Upper West Side. “I wasn’t somebody who watched daytime.” Not that she was a snob about it: “I was working, and it had never been an area of television that interested me.”

Barbara wasn’t convinced that Meredith was the right fit either — they wanted funny. So Stedman Guff, who knew Meredith through their children in school, took her out for a bite with Geddie, at the upscale Italian restaurant Café Fiorello. After the lunch, Geddie turned to Stedman Guff and told her that she was right. He liked that Meredith had a wicked sense of humor beneath her cool exterior. “Believe me, she wanted the job,” Stedman Guff said.

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Star Jones was another woman on the wish list. The 35-year-old African-American lawyer was a rising star on TV from her legal commentary on Inside Edition and other shows. As a former prosecutor based out of Brooklyn, Star saw her profile rise through her coverage of the O. J. Simpson trial. She had attempted her own talk show for NBC, but the pilot didn’t impress executives, who decided she couldn’t carry a program on her own.

“I thought to myself, ‘I am at a crossroads,’” Star recalled. “What do I do? And the phone rang.” It was a producer that she had worked with in the past, asking if she’d be interested in a panel show. Barbara’s name sold her. “Tell me more and send me the information,” she responded. Star agreed to fly to New York from Los Angeles, where she lived, for a chemistry test.

As the search barreled on, Barbara attended a charity event for Milton Berle, whom she’d known from his performances years ago at her dad’s nightclub. There, she witnessed a hilarious set from a bawdy red-haired comedian who reminded her of Carol Burnett. Joy Behar, 54, riffed about feminism and the sex life of author Salman Rushdie. It made Barbara laugh — on the inside.

From the stage, Joy had no idea she was leaving such a strong impression. “I did a joke about men who marry, how easy it is for them to get a young woman,” Joy said. When she wrapped, Steve told her that everybody in the room was in stitches except for Walters. “So what?” Joy told him. “I’m not going to work for her.” A few months later, ABC asked her to try out for The View.

The most surprising contender came through the door by accident. Debbie Matenopoulos, 22, a senior at New York University, had been working part-time at MTV as a production assistant. One night, at a party downtown, a casting director told her that ABC was looking for new talent. She should give it a shot.

For a pre-interview with Geddie, Debbie arrived dressed to kill — if only she’d been trying out for The Real World. She’d donned a baby T-shirt with John Travolta’s mug from Welcome Back, Kotter, a black miniskirt and knee-high boots. Her hair was dyed Kool-Aid pink for a segment that she’d just taped for MTV’s House of Style, as a free extra.

Geddie immediately liked her off-beat style, and Barbara stopped by to offer a quick hello. “I met Barbara with my pink hair,” Debbie said. He wanted a reel of her best clips; she didn’t have one. She ran back to MTV and asked her friends to splice together the few minutes that comprised the totality of her on-air experience. “I thought, ‘This is as far as I’m going to get.’ I’m really out of my league here. But I’d have a cocktail story for years.”

On a morning in April 1997, ABC secretly held an audition for The View at the Essex House, the stuffy midtown hotel on Central Park South. The network had rented two adjoining suites. One was used as a waiting pen for the roughly 50 aspiring cohosts who had been selected by Geddie as viable candidates. The other room had been configured with a mock table and chairs. The bedroom was set up with a TV for Geddie and other top honchos to watch how this scrimmage would play out.

As soon as Debbie entered the waiting area, she felt sick to her stomach. She would habitually throw up when she got nervous — a drawback for a potential TV star. She sized up her competition, which included actress and motivational speaker Mother Love, NBC anchor Mary Alice Williams and supermodels Veronica Webb, Emme and Catherine McCord. While these weren’t exactly big celebrities, they were famous enough faces to spook a college student with only a vague interest in broadcasting. “My heart was beating really fast,” Debbie said. “I was intimidated.” She convinced herself that she’d never get the job and decided to flee. But just as she made her way for the exit, she was spotted.

“Oh, Debbie, I’m so glad you came,” Barbara cooed, having already committed her name to memory.

Barbara clutched Debbie by the shoulder and slowly moved her back to the center of the room. Barbara then parceled out instructions to the group without loosening her grip, as if she’d just caught a scared puppy. “I’m frozen,” Debbie said. “That’s the reason I stayed, because I was opening the door to leave and she was there.”

To audition, four women at a time were summoned to the table, with mock topics printed out on note cards. Then they had to make small talk, to see how they’d interact individually and as a group, with new applicants rotating in and old ones out. Barbara wanted the vibe to resemble coffee with girlfriends, but it wasn’t as effortless as it looked. A rhythm had to be mastered, so that the cohosts weren’t shouting over one another. “A topic is like a hot potato,” said Star, who stood out that day in a red cashmere power suit. “You pass it and it moves.” Those that tried to suck up all the oxygen with soliloquies would get the ax.

Meredith introduced the first group — Barbara, Star and Debbie — and read the topics from the note cards. “It seemed like a safe role for me,” Meredith said. To get started, the women discussed a story about the Heaven’s Gate cult in San Diego where 39 of its members had committed suicide to gain entrance into heaven. After Barbara condemned the incident as a senseless tragedy, Meredith pushed back: How do you know? You haven’t been to heaven. Barbara blushed, but she liked the back-and-forth. The ladies were onto something.

Another topic from the note cards asked for each of the cohosts to pick the most important people of the 20th century. In addition to Albert Einstein and Bill Gates, Debbie had an unconventional name on her list — Madonna. The room suddenly erupted in shrieks, as Star addressed her in outrage: You must be crazy.

Debbie’s choice cemented her fate in TV history. “Later on, they told me that’s why I got the job,” Debbie said. “And I swear to God, that’s how I felt at the time.” She chose Madonna for “what she had done for AIDS, gay rights, women’s rights and empowerment.” Back then, before reality TV legitimized fame, the reach of even the biggest celebrities had its limits. It would be hard to imagine sitting across from Barbara and justifying that Madonna had accomplished as much as a U.S. president. But it worked. Geddie wagered it would make for must-see TV.

Once the first session had ended, Barbara got up. She took a spot in the bedroom with Geddie and watched the next group on the TV screen: Joy, her replacement, cozied up to Star, Debbie and Meredith. The chemistry still crackled without Barbara, and she and Geddie were overjoyed.

“We’re geniuses,” they said, chuckling to each other. “This is going to be a great show.”

One of the early front-runners decided she had to get a look for herself. After Star’s turn was up, she didn’t pack up. Instead, she snuck into the executive suite, taking a seat right next to them. “All of a sudden, the mattress sags and I look over and Star is sitting on the bed,” said Stedman Guff, who had to escort her out.

“You can’t sit here while we’re auditioning,” Stedman Guff told her.

Star, who was never one to surrender in an argument, listed her career accomplishments. “I’m in this business,” she protested. “I’ve been a pro- ducer. I’m a lawyer.”

“I don’t care what you are, honey,” Stedman Guff said. “You’re getting out.”

That tiff offered an early glimpse into Star’s personality. After word got out that Geddie was considering Star for the show, he was bombarded with horror stories. “She was considered difficult, a problem person,” Geddie said. He wasn’t put off by the warnings because he’d worked with challenging talent before. “I always said the same thing: everybody is difficult, and everybody could be terrible.” Geddie paused. “I hadn’t met Rosie yet.”

There was no need for lengthy deliberations. “The first group was the group we hired,” Barbara said. Joining her as the new cohosts of TheView would be Meredith, Star, Debbie and Joy. “We started with them,” said Geddie, “because we liked them best — a comedian in her 50s, a journalist mom in her 40s, a professional lawyer in her 30s, and someone in her 20s.”

Barbara personally called all of her new cohosts to tell them the good news. “I thought, ‘I’ll give this a chance,’” Meredith said. “I never thought 20 years later I’d be talking about this. It was an interim thing for me until I figured out what I wanted to do.”

Joy’s job wasn’t full-time like that of the other cohosts. She’d be filling in as the alternate on the mornings when Barbara wasn’t there. “It was nice to have a couple days off,” said Joy, who was contemplating a sitcom but didn’t want to move to L.A. from New York. “My agent at the time told me not to do it. The money wasn’t enough. But I wanted to do it because it was in New York and right near my house.”

At least she had an agent. Debbie was in the wilderness, without any representation. Or electricity. She’d been ducking notices from Con Edison about her unpaid bills. One night, returning home from class, she clicked the red button on her answering machine to find a familiar voice. “Oh, Debbie, it’s Barbara,” the room purred. “I just want you to know that you’ve got the job. I couldn’t do this without you.”

Debbie rewound the tape and listened to it again, in case a friend was playing a prank on her. It sounded real. She only believed it after her roommate confirmed that it wasn’t a joke.

“You got the job!”

They ran downstairs to buy a bottle of champagne to celebrate. When they got back, the unpaid electricity bill had caught up with them. “In one day, my lights go out and I get the job of a lifetime,” Debbie said. “Here we are drinking champagne in the dark.”

The network shot one pilot with Barbara and another without her. The early feedback suggested that the intrepid journalist might not be as be- loved in a different environment. “The show with Joy tested better than the one with Barbara,” Fili-Krushel revealed. “I said to Bill, ‘We have to edit this report!’” Geddie told her that Barbara, as the executive producer, would want to know the truth. “Not a good idea,” Fili-Krushel recalled.

When Barbara saw the results, she was genuinely hurt: “Why do they like the show better with Joy than with me?” That led Barbara and Joy to have a rocky first year, as Barbara continually worried that Joy was out to sabotage her. Barbara even jokingly compared her new colleague to All About Eve. The daytime executives were unnerved that the thick-skinned Barbara would be so insecure. They tried to assure her that Joy rated better simply because she was funny, which the audience liked.

As ABC started to promote the show, the executives looked at the cohosts as the backup singers for a band. Barbara’s name was prominently displayed on early posters, but not theirs — the other cohosts were so anonymous, they were simply identified by their professions (lawyer, comedian, journalist, etc.). Yet there was no need to despair. Barbara pulled them aside with an upbeat career forecast: “If this show is successful, none of you ladies will be able to walk down the street without people stopping you.”

They all laughed it off at the time. “That’s exactly what happened,” said Debbie. “It gives me chills even saying it. Within six months, it was insane.”

Adapted from Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” by Ramin Setoodeh, to be published April 2, 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books.

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Joy Behar Dismantles Star Jones’ Quip About Her Not Liking Her Co-Hosts on The View

Joy Behar has been on The View since it started way back in 1997, so she’s had the opportunity to interact with each and every co-host that’s come through the show. So it would have been a very long 20 years if she didn’t like any of them, as her former co-host Star Jones has suggested.

“She loves us, but she doesn’t like us,” Star shared on a June episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen while promoting her VH1 talk show parody Daytime Divas.

“In all honesty, all of my co-hosts were very prepared,” Star had said back in June, taming her previous comment a bit. “I worked with some of the very best people there are in television… So I would look like an idiot to say something mean about those girls, and I never would.”

Still, Joy doesn’t know how Star would have that impression. “I don’t know but I was friendly with everybody. I don’t know what she’s talking about. I don’t like any of my co-hosts, that’s what she said? What type of fake news is this?”

Host Andy Cohen then asked Joy about how Star used to talk frequently on air about her impending nuptials to her now ex-husband Al Reynolds.

“Bridezilla,” Joy replied.

He said that the word at the time was that producers asked Star to talk it up. “That’s probably true,” Joy admitted.

There’s a petition to replace Meghan McCain on ‘The View,’ but it’s doomed. Here’s why

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You can’t always get what you want.

So it goes with a petition, started two years ago but gaining some momentum in the last few days, to remove Meghan McCain from “The View.”

It’s not going to happen.

But it is an interesting window into how some viewers feel about McCain, typically the sole conservative voice on the show, and — she may have mentioned this a time or two, on ‘The View’ and elsewhere — the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain.

Her words, her tone — even her eye rolls — come under near-constant scrutiny by left-leaning websites and social-media accounts. She’s not exactly a wallflower, and she’s not above stirring the pot with contrary opinions — nor above making those opinions known in rather forceful ways.

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Rude? In any other context, sure. But in a TV talk show that thrives on viral moments for ratings oxygen? Yeah, probably still. But it’s why a lot of people watch.

“It’s nothing new that some people who watch ‘The View’ disagree with my view points,” McCain said in a statement, “but the differing of opinions is what is the beauty and intrigue of the show.”

The petition, on Change.org, is titled, “The View on ABC please replace Meghan McCain with Ana Navarro or bring Jedidiah Bila back.”

Catherine Iyoha-Idiong started the petition, which had nearly 7,400 signatures Monday afternoon. What caused a sudden uptick in signings — the show has been on a holiday break – is anyone’s guess.

“Anyone who like me has watched ‘The View’ for years and has seen the sourness and immaturity that Meghan has brought to the show doesn’t need much persuasion,” the petition reads. “Let’s get her OFF our favorite morning show and back to Faux News where she can safely keep discussing Obama possibly faking tears with onions after little children were murdered at school.”

Ouch.

Difference of opinion is healthy, in life and on TV. The petition is smart in that it doesn’t suggest doing away with conservatives altogether; both Navarro and Bila offer conservative viewpoints, Navarro as a guest and Bila as a former host, in 2016.

But it’s clear that the petition, and the people signing it, have it out for McCain — and have had enough. That’s easily gleaned in the comments under the “reasons for signing” section, which are about what you’d expect.

“I think she is a very rude and nasty person who doesn’t know how to express her opinions without yelling and talking over people,” one reads. “Forget it if you don’t agree with her.”

“Conservative or Liberal — it doesn’t matter,” says another. “Meghan is rude, both to guests and to the audience who are helping to pay her salary. She eye-rolls and pouts like a three-year old. Get her off the show!”

No such luck. And no surprise — the show typically averages more than 2.5 million viewers. A New York Times Magazine story called it “the most important political TV show in America.” You know the old saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, even if people complain.

“We have an incredible panel of smart, dynamic women at ‘The View,’ including Meghan, who brings incredible passion and a strong point of view to the table every day,” a “View” spokesperson said in a statement. “We are very proud of this panel and what each of them contributes to the show. We look forward to a great year ahead.”

And more sniping along the way.

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Meghan McCain is known for getting into fiery fights on The View, but today, the conservative co-host opted for a different tactic: the silent treatment. After a discussion about Rep. Adam Schiff’s opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial got heated, McCain totally shut down, and she declined to speak again until she was explicitly asked a question two segments later. Viewers were quick to call out McCain’s “childlike demeanor” and “prissy” attitude, with one going to far as to tell her to “grow the fuck up.”

As far as The View impeachment discussions go, Thursday’s debate was actually fairly tame. With Abby Huntsman gone, McCain is the lone conservative voice on the panel, and she wasn’t shy about criticizing Schiff’s opening statement (this is par for the course: McCain has been vocal about her disdain for the California Democrat, who she once called a “partisan hack”). “As usual, I feel like I live on a different planet than everyone that works on this show,” she said. “When I saw Adam Schiff, I actually thought that he seemed very performative. And that he’s clearly trying to take over for Diane Feinstein at some point. I wouldn’t be surprised if he runs for her seat.” McCain added that the impeachment trial “isn’t making a big impact” on her, as “there’s a huge disconnect in the way liberals view this and the way conservatives view this.”

After some more back and forth, she brought things back to Schiff, slamming him for remarking that “we cannot be sure that the vote will be fairly won” if Trump is reelected. “I always hated it when President Trump said, ‘I won’t concede because we don’t know if it will be a fair election,’” said McCain, adding that the impeachment trial shouldn’t “have anything to do with this current election.” Asked McCain, “Why are you even bringing this election into an investigation where you’re talking about a phone call?”

When Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar explained that Schiff’s comment is appropriate “because this president is on trial for trying to interfere with an election,” McCain pushed back. “You can’t take the anger of all this out on me. I’m not swayed by Adam Schiff,” she said, holding up her hands.

“Wait, wait, wait,” fired back Goldberg. “Nobody’s angry here. We’re all just having this conversation.” Behar joked that she actually is angry, just not at McCain, and the conservative firebrand once again attempted to step back. “I just don’t have it in me today,” she said, gesturing with her hands once more.

It turns out that she was being honest. McCain didn’t speak again for almost 15 minutes, instead opting to sit out of discussions about Joe Biden vs. Bernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham, and Goldberg’s potential role on Star Trek: Picard. Two segments after the blow-up, during a Hot Topic about viral pick-up lines, she finally chimed in, but only after Behar explicitly asked if there were any lines she enjoyed. The answer was no, but McCain said a guy did once use a Pearl Harbor line on her (it didn’t work).

While it’s possible that McCain simply didn’t get a chance to weigh in before Goldberg threw the show to commercial — she prefers to speak last, after the other panelists have given their opinions — viewers at home seem to think that McCain’s rare silence was retaliatory. “Get Meghan off the show. Her childlike demeanor is unbearable to watch,” wrote one viewer. “She acts prissy to everybody that don’t think like her,” tweeted another.

Get Megan off the show. Her childlike demeanor is unbearable to watch. She acts like a rebellious teenager ,talking under her breath and acting persecuted. She ruins the flow of the Talk.

— beth griffith (@mbeezer2) January 23, 2020

Meghan McCain’s argument fell flat so now she accuses the other women of being mean to her. #TheView pic.twitter.com/e2F8uL5oej

— 🎄Andrea Roberts☃️ (@MadMik2014) January 23, 2020

Grow the fuck up, Meghan!!!#TheView pic.twitter.com/zv8txttxOU

— Chenisa Whitaker (@LadeeNiecee) January 23, 2020

I do not feel sorry for nutmeg. She acts pissy to everybody that don’t think like her. That’s why people don’t like her. #TheView

— Asia Collins (@NizanaHT) January 23, 2020

@TheView. Why is Meghan allowed to get upset, then not participate in hot topics? She proves everyday why she shouldn’t be on this show. #TheView pic.twitter.com/nbaRTysuNy

— Audrey Brooks (@Mickey1Fan) January 23, 2020

We’ve just got to make it through tomorrow, ladies, and then you can be as silent or as angsty as you want. Just not on national television.

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