Report Claims ‘The View’ Staff Is ‘Banned’ From Talking to Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain left The View at the end of season 24. The Republican pundit was one of the most controversial co-hosts and was at the conservative seat for four seasons. A new report is suggesting that staff has been notified to not speak to McCain to stop gossip hitting the tabloids. The allegations come as McCain releases “Bad Republican,” an audio memoir detailing her time on the ABC talk show.

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Who is allegedly behind the Meghan McCain ban?

McCain made her last appearance on The View at the beginning of August 2021 closing off a controversial era. The conservative co-host had made headlines throughout her tenure for her outbursts at her fellow panelists. Things got heated during the past year with polemic moments with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.

With McCain now contributing to the British tabloid Daily Mail, there’s a new report that suggests that executive producer Brian Teta is “paranoid” leaks could happen.

“Brian has lost his mind,” an insider told Page Six. “What does he think this is? A cult, where everyone has to listen to what he has to say? We literally report into the news division. We’re being told not to talk to someone on the outside, who has different political views… who used to work with us.” 

The source said that many were still in touch with McCain and had not followed the alleged orders. A spokesperson for the ABC show has denounced the allegations and said none of it is true.

“No one has been banned from talking to Meghan,” they said. “Our focus is on the exciting season ahead and we wish the best for Meghan in her next chapter.”

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Who is replacing Meghan McCain on the show?

As of now, The View has not named a permanent replacement for McCain. However, since leaving the show, producers are testing out different conservative personalities to fill in for that role. Producer Teta said that they are not looking for someone to fight with the other panelists, despite many people assuming that’s what they want.

“We’re going to look for people that can hang at this table with these strong women and bring an opposing view that is also a good conversation and has chemistry with the rest of them,” Teta said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I mean, we’re not looking for fights — we never are. We just want people to have a lively, spirited debate. The show is about different views and showing all sides of every issue and that’s what we’re looking for.”

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Behar added that the co-hosts “like to debate but we don’t like to have fights with each other.” In another part of the interview, the comedian said “whoever comes in will have to know that” they “don’t like to be personal with each other.”

Television personalities that have appeared and scheduled to take a seat at the table include Southern Charm star Cameran Eubanks, The Real Housewives of New York City star Eboni K. Williams, Condoleezza Rice, S.E. Cupp, Carly Fiorina, Eboni K. Williams, Mary Katharine Ham, Alyssa Farah, and Gretchen Carlson.

The View airs weekday mornings at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. CT/PT on ABC.