‘The View’: How Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Make Their Friendship Work in Real Life

Meghan McCain hasn’t had the easiest run on The View. As the token conservative at the table, she clashes with the rest of the women pretty regularly. If you watch the show on any given day, you can expect to see the former senator’s daughter butt heads with co-host Joy Behar because of their starkly different political views. But despite their constant bickering, the women are actually friends in real life.

Meghan McCain and Joy Behar
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Meghan McCain and Joy Behar’s feuds

McCain and Behar are no strangers to heated debates. But there have been a few times where the arguments have strayed from professional and gotten a bit personal.

For instance, there was one moment where McCain called herself the “sacrificial Republican” of the show, and when Behar replied “Aww,” McCain responded, “Oh, don’t feel bad for me, b*tch. I’m paid to do this, okay? Don’t feel bad for me.”

McCain also once told Behar that it was her job to listen to her talk. So, as you can see, the pair aren’t afraid to come for one another.

Do Joy Behar and Meghan McCain like each other in real life?

Because of their constant feuds, audiences often assume that the two can’t stand one another off-camera, but that isn’t the case at all.

“It really hurts my feelings!” McCain said in an interview of the rumors that she doesn’t get along 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.”

For Behar, their relationship comes down to a mutual appreciation for one another.

“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. “And I think that’s what we have in common. And I think that there’s mutual respect for that.”

And they’ve both even changed one another’s views a little.

“And we’re both becoming a little bit more, um, not moderate, but we’ve sort of become… Like, we’re not so adamant about our positions,” Behar said. “Like today, I was talking about how, you know, I think a moderate needs to win the election to beat [President Donald] Trump. Originally, I would say I wanted Elizabeth Warren because she was new stuff and she was exciting. But I’m not sure that she could pull it off. So, now I’m in reality again and I think you have changed your positions a little bit, moderated them, modified.”

How do they make their friendship work?

The weird thing is, the two actually enjoy arguing.

“I don’t know what my takeaway is but when you’re not here, I hate the show,” McCain said. “I really have a hard time. As everyone knows, I have a really hard time when I can’t fight with you, I really enjoy it. I really enjoy being friends with you. You’re really funny, you always make me laugh on the show. I’m really, sincerely very grateful that you’re on the show with me and you have all the answers. I do, I love Joy … because neither of us put up with sh**, none of us care about being loved and both of us don’t want our husbands on the show every day. We don’t drag our husbands out like props, neither of us do that.”

And they spend a lot of time together backstage.

“Of all the people backstage, we actually get along the best,” McCain told Entertainment Tonight earlier this year. “Because we always want to watch news after and still talk about it.”