Meghan McCain of The View is at the center of controversy once again. A new report is revealing dark secrets from the set that exposes a tense environment on the show. The piece states that the conservative co-host is not on speaking terms with her fellow panelists. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Abby Huntsman make up the current panel. It’s especially intriguing that the article alleges that McCain has fallen out with Huntsman who has been a close friend for years.
“They aren’t speaking to each other. It’s been about a month. None of the ladies talk to Meghan now,” an inside source told Page Six. “Abby was the last woman standing. It’s bad. Meghan’s so rude.”
Another source confirmed that there’s a divide among McCain and Huntsman. “Abby tolerates Meghan, but she doesn’t genuinely like her. Their friendship has soured,” the second insider said.
However, after that scathing report, a new source has played down the rift between the cast.
“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 new report suggests the first one was greatly exaggerated and the environment is not as tense as it was made out to be.
Whatever the truth may be, McCain was absent from the talk show on Thursday and Friday of this week for personal matters. Goldberg addressed the audience on Thursday’s episode informing that McCain would return the following Monday.
Meghan McCain and her relationship with co-hosts
Right before the holiday break The View took in December, McCain and Goldberg sparred during a heated debate. The following day, the conservative co-host explained that there wasn’t any animosity with the Sister Act star.
“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.”
Another frequent co-host that McCain feuds with is Behar. The comedian and the Republican political analyst tend to disagree on almost everything. What fans of the show don’t know is that the negative press they receive really hurts McCain.
“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.”
The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT/CT on ABC.