Meghan McCain from The View is grabbing headlines once again. The conservative co-host is one of the most controversial ones in the panel. On the same day Whoopi Goldberg announced McCain would not be on the show for the rest of the week, a report suggested her co-hosts hated her. The article also stated that her friendship with Abby Huntsman has waned.
Is McCain really being shunned by her fellow ABC talk show panelists? A new source close to the Republican is coming out to debunk those rumors.
“Of course she’s polarizing, but that’s the point of the show. It’s always going to be tense after big arguments and we’re living in a polarized time, but there is no hate going on,” the source told Fox News. “She brings views to represent the other side and it can really irk people.”
The insider also said that McCain is not as close to Huntsman anymore but “it’s not exactly a falling out.”
The Page Six report had published that “none of the ladies talk to Meghan now.” Now the Fox News source says the report was greatly exaggerated and embellished.
It was at the top of Thursday’s episode that Goldberg told audiences McCain was out and would be back Monday. The show’s moderator did not give more details other than that.
A new Page Six report states that McCain was scheduled to be off on Friday “but was unexpectedly absent at the table on Thursday.”
“She stayed home for a personal matter,” a source told the publication.
Meghan McCain talks co-hosts
There’s a lot of talk about McCain sparring with her co-hosts. A recurring feud that always makes headlines is with Joy Behar as they are on opposite political sides. However, viewers might be surprised that they actually get along off the set.
“It really hurts my feelings!” McCain told ET of feuding rumors with Behar. “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.”
After a recent heated moment with Goldberg, McCain made sure to tell viewers she had no hard feelings toward the comedian.
“I love you very much. I’ve loved you for a long time,” McCain told Golberg during the live show. “You were good friends with my dad. We fight like we’re family. It’s all good. We’re not tearing the set apart. Calm down, all of you, okay? It’s all good… I think it is a lens into what’s happening politically in the country. America’s at very heated levels right now and I don’t love it. But it is representative of what’s going on and it is raw and real. We are all passionate women. I am hyper, hyper-conservative, everybody else at the table is not. Sometimes we’re going to clash heads.”
The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT/CT on ABC.