‘The View’: Is Meghan McCain Threatened by Elisabeth Hasselbeck Returning as Co-Host?

Meghan McCain is the sole conservative voice on The View after Abby Huntsman left the show at the beginning of the year. The ABC talker did not specify when they would sign on a new co-host. However, a familiar face is returning to the “Hot Topics” table and there are rumblings she might be staying for good. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is set to come back as a guest co-host and fans are questioning if McCain feels threatened.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Meghan McCain
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Meghan McCain | Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images / Greg Endries/Bravo

Hasselbeck was the most prominent hardcore conservative the show has ever had. Since her departure from the daytime talk show, there had been no one that combative until McCain burst into the scene.

The former Fox & Friends co-host will be joining the ladies on March 11. It’s not yet known if Hasselbeck is filling in for a co-host or if she’s an additional one for the day. Her return has fans chirping on Twitter about McCain’s future on the show.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Elisabeth Hasselbeck | Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

How did Meghan McCain react to Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s return?

Fans have speculated that McCain might not be happy with Hasselbeck’s return to the table but her reaction on-air was the complete opposite. McCain likes to support other woman and she seemed joyful that Hasselbeck would be making a guest appearance. McCain was overly excited that she said she would give up her chair for her.

“She’s the only woman I would give up my chair for,” McCain said. “She can sit in the conservative chair anytime. She’s the OG. I love her.”

Back in March 2019, when Hasselbeck was a guest promoting her book, McCain was equally excited to be sharing the panel with her.

“How in God’s name did you do this for 10 years? Being the lone conservative on this show is… I’ve always had respect for you. When I first came on my first day I said, ‘I wish to emulate Elisabeth,’ because you really were the OG of this seat,” McCain said.

McCain knows that Hasselbeck faced similar controversies being the only conservative voice on the panel and respects her. There seems to be no animosity between the ladies and there’s genuine admiration from McCain to Hasselbeck.

Although many fans say that if Hasselbeck returns, McCain would leave and that’s not necessarily accurate. McCain and Abby Huntsman both identified with the Republican party and were able to sit on the panel together. Having the panel on a level playing field enriches the conversation and gives viewers more diverse opinions.

Meghan McCain is done with the drama

There have been many rumors since McCain joined the show. Backstage drama has dominated the headlines as the ladies seem to not only butt heads in front of the camera but behind the scenes as well. During an interview on Watch What Happens Live, the political analyst said she doesn’t want to be known as a bitter co-host.

“It’s weird for me because The View has a long history of 25 years and there’s this inside the palace walls gossip and I just don’t want to be like another cliché View-co-host that’s bitter about their experience there,” McCain said on the Bravo late-night show in January. “It’s been an incredible experience so far and I’m not going anywhere, I’m still there. I’m a person and I have feelings and I’m just trying to do a good job.”

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. CT/PT.