‘The View’: Sunny Hostin Recalled Her ‘Tense Exchange’ with Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman Over This Topic

Sunny Hostin has had her share of on-air disagreements with fellow panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, and Sara Haines on The View. Fans are well aware that conversations at the table can get fiery at times, including a previous discussion on the now-famous college admissions scandal that Hostin felt got a bit intense.

Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain smiling at the table of 'The View'
Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain of ‘The View’ | Jenny Anderson/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

College admissions scandal of 2019 was a ‘Hot Topic’ on ‘The View’

When news broke of celebrities involved in bribery to get their kids admission to prestigious colleges, The View stars dissected the story from all angles.

“On The View, we tackle issues that make one another uncomfortable, like the issues of privilege,” Hostin wrote in her 2020 memoir,  I Am These TruthsA Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, “When we discussed the college admissions scandal, in which wealthy parents paid for others to take exams to falsify credentials to get their kids into top schools, I was mortified and said so.”

With issues of elitism and affluence at the forefront of the scandal, the meaty subject matter was fair game at The View table.

“‘How mediocre do you have to be,’ I asked, ‘to game a system that is already disproportionately in your favor,'” Hostin recalled saying to her co-hosts.

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Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman had a ‘tense exchange’ with Sunny Hostin

At one point, Hostin felt McCain and former co-host Abby Huntsman were a bit put off by her comments since they both have financially well-off families.

“Meghan and Abby, who come from very wealthy families, didn’t appreciate my perspective,” The View star shared. “My impression was that they somehow felt that I may have been attacking them. Honestly, I wasn’t. We had a tense exchange.”

Still, Hostin noted that while they may disagree on the air, she and her fellow panelists are able to rise above their differences in the long run.

“I think people used to dismiss The View as a place where five catty women fight with one another,” she wrote. “But we are smart, we are passionate, and we discuss real issues. … The beauty of The View is that we always come back together to debate another day.”

‘The View’ co-hosts ‘leave the set in peace’ despite on-air disputes

While the daytime talk show is notorious for its on-air blowups between co-hosts, Hostin pointed out the hot-button issues they have to explore each weekday on national television.

“We tackle the most difficult topics, the ones they say you shouldn’t discuss during dinner, at our table every single day,” Hostin remarked. “We talk about abortion, about religion, about guns, and we do it in front of more than three million more whose faces we cannot see, but who definitely make their feelings known.”

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Even when tempers flare, Hostin revealed that the panelists aim to leave their disagreements at The View table when the show is over.

“Sometimes we may feel so strongly about an issue that we don’t want to hear what someone who disagrees has to say,” Hostin explained. “Sometimes it gets heated, or we hit an impasse and have to agree to walk away. … But more often than not, even if my co-hosts and I don’t find common ground, we are able to leave the set in peace.”