‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Says She Received ‘The Most Grief’ After Giving An Interview With Playboy

Meghan McCain of The View is never one to shy away from a tough topic. Always willing to speak her mind on a myriad of subjects, the ABC co-host tends to shy away from the conversation when talk turns to sex.

Yet in 2012, McCain decided to speak with Playboy Magazine on several matters including sex, which ended up having some negative repercussions.

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‘The View’ talks politics with Playboy

Though the interview was approximately eight years ago, McCain sounds as strong-willed in her views (pardon the pun!) in 2012 as she does now.

“People love me or hate me and there’s nothing in between. But I’ve been in politics literally my entire life,” she told Playboy. “My mom was pregnant with me at the 1984 Republican convention. I was on my father’s campaign when I was 13. I’ve earned the right to be here and talk about it, and I’m not scared to get down and dirty. If people are mean, so be it.”

Despite her love of politics, The View co-host revealed she preferred to leave those conversations at the door when out on a date.

“I’m obsessed with this stuff, but it doesn’t put me in the mood,” she said of politics in 2012. “When I’m dating, I want to hear what music a guy likes, what he does for fun, and I want him to make me laugh. If he can make me laugh… it’s an instant turn-on.”

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Playboy ventures into dicier dialogue

Being in the spotlight due to the political notoriety of her father, the late Senator John McCain, The View star would often show up in the headlines since she was also considered a public figure. Yet McCain didn’t let that stop her from having fun.

“I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I like to go out and have a good time with friends,” she shared. “I’ve never done drugs, and I never would. … But what am I supposed to do, stay in and read a book? … There’s nothing wrong with going out and listening to music and having a little Jack and Coke.”

When the interviewer inquired about McCain’s sexual preference, she didn’t mince words. “I’m not a lesbian, if that’s what you’re asking. I’d be the first person to tell the world I was gay,” The View co-host said. “I’m not private about anything. I think you should live how you should live. … I can’t help it. I love sex and I love men.”

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Meghan McCain receives backlash for interview

During an episode of The View in 2017, co-host Joy Behar showed a pic of McCain from her interview with Playboy where she was fully clothed in a red dress and elegantly coiffed. While the conservative co-host received a round of applause from the audience and accolades from her fellow panelists, McCain played down the photo and revealed that it was the content of the Q&A that earned more feedback than she expected.

“This was a while ago. It was a long time ago,” she explained. “I have to say that it wasn’t the photo that got so much attention. I talked about sex as a conservative, and it got a lot of attention.”

The daytime talk show co-host revealed that she actually received an onslaught of negativity from her conservative followers, who frowned upon her somewhat spicy dialogue.

“I got a lot, a lot… the most grief I’ve ever gotten for anything in my entire life,” McCain admitted. “But I have to say I did it because it was 40 questions and, this sounds a little naive, but there are really amazing political interviews that have been done in Playboy. … I didn’t think it was as racy as it ended up being.”

The printed interview ended up sharing just 20 questions from the sit-down ranging from the campaign trail to firearms. Despite the backlash, McCain seemed to recover just fine and doesn’t appear to have any regrets.

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