Has Whoopi Finally Run Out of Patience With Meghan McCain?
You can’t believe everything you hear about The View, and that includes hearing it from the show’s co-hosts themselves. A great example came with the firing of Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 2013. Though Barbara Walters declared Hasselbeck’s job safe on the air, she’d already been axed behind the scenes.
So when we see on-air dust-ups between Meghan McCain and Joy Behar but hear how friendly they are behind the scenes, you have to wonder. After all, McCain frequently walks onto the set with a scowl. It’s not a stretch to imagine her unhappy about the show, her co-workers, or both.
Otherwise, you’d be hard pressed to explain the hostility McCain expresses on a daily basis. These days, reports of her getting on the nerves of Whoopi Goldberg have started to sound believable — even when coming from The Daily Mail.
According to a June 6 item from the tabloid, unnamed sources at The View described Whoopi as “at her breaking point” with McCain. If that’s been the case, McCain’s latest round of sulking (on June 10) wouldn’t endear her to the show’s moderator, someone who originally wanted McCain on the show.
Whoopi had to break down why the show wasn’t stopping for McCain.
Today’s show was much like every other, with the ladies at the table (minus Joy Behar) discussing topics like LGBTQ+ pride and a woman’s right to choose how she handles her pregnancy. Whoopi introduced a segment about an Alabama law that protects rapists’ paternal rights.
Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro took turns debating the issue for the next few minutes while McCain sat silent. Once Whoopi added a closing thought and went to cut to a commercial, McCain jumped into the conversation. “So I don’t get to talk,” she said, looking away from her co-hosts.
“I was wondering if I can say something,” McCain added.
“Well, here’s the deal,” Whoopi said as McCain tried to talk over her. “Hold on — I let y’all talk and I said nothing. We have to go to break. If there’s more to say — if you want to say more — then we’ll come back and say more.”
“No, it’s fine,” McCain answered. “OK,” Whoopi said, cutting to that promised break. As the camera panned back, you could see Navarro’s face approximating a grimace.
McCain’s anger apparently has nothing to do with Joy.
While Whoopi missed over a month of The View recovering from pneumonia, McCain had similar bouts of anger followed by pouting. But since Whoopi was gone, most people considered it an issue between McCain and Joy.
With Joy now out recovering from eye surgery, it’s clear that isn’t the case. McCain appears to bring the same brand of discontent and general unhappiness to the table no matter who is moderating. As Whoopi knows better than anyone, it doesn’t exactly make for great TV.
Whether they’re true or not, stories of Whoopi at the end of her line certainly make sense these days. For those who think The View would end if and when Whoopi finally took her leave, that means you could be watching the show in its death throes.
As for the current make-up of the cast, it’s hard to imagine producers applauding the awkward silences and daily sulking of McCain. (We doubt that’s anyone’s idea of show business.)
So you have to wonder how long Whoopi will go before she goes on the offensive on the air — or, in the tradition of the The View, behind the scenes.