‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Says She Turned Down Several Offers To Be On This Reality Show

Meghan McCain has been in the spotlight for many years before joining The View. Prior to taking a seat at the table on the ABC daytime talk show, McCain has served as a writer, blogger, radio show host, and author of several books. 

The co-host recently revealed that she was invited to be on this popular NBC reality show more than once, including from the host himself.

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McCain’s pre-‘View’ credits

As the daughter of the late Senator John McCain, the talk show personality has been in politics for decades. In addition to her books and blogs, and being a presence on radio, some of McCain’s previous television gigs include TakePart Live on cable’s Pivot network, and co-hosting Fox News’ Outnumbered before joining The View.

“I’m so thankful to Fox News for the chance to be on Outnumbered, but I’m leaving to focus on other things,” she said upon exiting the cable news network, according to Closer Weekly. “I have no doubt the show will continue to do well and wish all my friends and colleagues at the network nothing but success.”

A personal invitation

McCain recently shared that she was invited – several times – to be on one of NBC’s most popular former reality shows. “I was asked to be on The Apprentice several times and said no,” McCain recalled, according to People.

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At the time, McCain was writing for The Daily Beast after her late father’s 2008 presidential bid. The panelist from The View revealed she even received a call from now-President Donald Trump, the star of the show. “He [Trump] left a voice message and I didn’t call back. I didn’t want to be an Apprentice,” McCain said. “Like, the whole thing, I didn’t like all of it.” 

Never one to hold back, McCain didn’t mince words on her opinion of the reality competition. “I thought it was a dumb show,” she said. “No offense. My dear close friend Clay Aiken came in second, so I shouldn’t talk too much s— about it.”

While McCain is a self-proclaimed “giant consumer of all reality television,” she prefers watching the genre rather than starring in it. “I don’t do reality TV. It’s a hard no,” she said. “I don’t want a camera on me all the time — one hour a day is just fine.”

A strong voice on ‘The View’

McCain has clearly found her place as the vocal conservative on the daytime talk show. Though she often is criticized by viewers for her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor, as well as frequent spats with fellow co-host Joy Behar, McCain is grateful for her seat at the table.

 “I love hosting this show with you guys every day. I just do. It’s a wild day on the 5,000th show. I’m really happy with you guys,” she recently told her colleagues on air after a particularly difficult interview with Donald Trump, Jr.

As for the hubbub regarding her spats with left-leaning Behar, McCain insists the two are friends and praised her co-host for her wit and honesty. “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,” McCain said last month, according to Entertainment Tonight. “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.”

The comedian expressed the same sentiment as McCain, saying their banter is just their way of sharing their honest opinions. “What we’re saying, we really mean it! It’s not an act, we don’t sugarcoat it, we go right in it. And I think that’s what we have in common. And I think that there’s mutual respect for that,” Behar explained.

McCain revealed she even dislikes going to work when Behar has a day off. “I don’t know what my takeaway is but when you’re not here, I hate the show,” she told Behar. “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.”

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