‘The View’: Are the Feuds on the Show Real?

It only takes watching The View one time to notice that there seems to be some animosity between the show’s cohosts at all times. True, the purpose of the show is to have women of different political opinions express their views to one another, but on more than one occasion the conversations have gone from polite disagreements to straight-up shade-throwing.

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When the co-hosts have so many disagreements, it makes it hard to understand how they continue to be around one another day after day. It also leaves viewers to wonder if the feuds are actually real or if the arguments are all just to keep viewers entertained.

The biggest feuds on ‘The View’

Meghan McCain is one of the most polarizing figures on the show. She often calls herself the “sacrificial Republican” because she is the most vocally conservative co-host.

This causes her to butt heads with co-host Joy Behar quite often and even Whoopi Goldberg on occasion.

For instance, once when McCain called herself the “sacrificial Republican,” Behar responded with a slightly mocking, “Aww.”

Not to be mocked, McCain clapped back, saying “Oh, don’t feel bad for me, b*tch. I’m paid to do this, okay? Don’t feel bad for me.”

And Goldberg has stepped in to diffuse things several times over the course of her tenure on the show.

“Everybody take a breath,” Goldberg said in an October episode, breaking up a feud between McCain and Behar. “Hold on, let me just finish. What I’m saying… everybody has something to say at the table. We really do want to hear from everybody.”

Are the feuds real?

Though it doesn’t seem like it on the show, the women on The View actually do get along in real life.

“It really hurts my feelings!” McCain said in an interview of the rumors that she and Behar can’t stand one another. “It genuinely hurts my feelings because our dressing rooms are next door to each other and you and I have the same emotional reaction to things — sometimes in different ways — but we’re both upset equally, the equal amount of the same things. And I wish people would give us a break, for real.”

But even though they get along off-camera, Behar swears that the feuds between the cohosts are real.

“What we’re saying, we really mean it! It’s not an act, we don’t sugarcoat it, we go right in it,” Behar said in the same interview.

The women in the cast are simply well-versed in sharing their thoughts without holding grudges in real life.

“Here’s the thing, I don’t often have much to say,” Goldberg recently said on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “I’ve been there for almost 10 years. Everyone has what they need to do, and folks, when it’s women they say, ‘You know, they’re fighting.’ You know, if we were fighting, you’d actually know it.”

“We’re like old broads,” she said. “We’re like, pow! [throws a punch] We’re not like, ‘Stop it, you’re so mean to me.’ We don’t do that. We will slap you into next week. If we were truly fighting, there would be issues.”