‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Says This Is The 1 Thing The Studio Audience Does That Bothers Her

Meghan McCain of ABC’s The View never has a problem speaking her mind. Often the lone conservative voice at the table, McCain is often in opposition to her fellow co-hosts, especially Joy Behar.

McCain and Behar recently spoke on camera about the show and their relationship, which is much closer than fans may realize.

“The View’s” Meghan McCain | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

On the air since 1997

Airing its 5,000 show on November 7, The View premiered in 1997 and is now in its 23rd season. Behar, who has been on the panel since its inception except for seasons 17 and 18, feels the show resonates with audiences now due to the chemistry of the current co-hosts, which also includes Whoopi Goldberg, Abby Huntsman, and Sunny Hostin.

“I think that this particular group has a lot of good chemistry that we have now. If you don’t have good chemistry, the show will go off the air,” Behar said, according to Entertainment Tonight.

McCain agreed while also noting the current political climate. “But I also think we’ve been through a lot in the Trump years,” she said. “And I think it’s like this specific moment in time makes us all bond together because this show is such triggers for the left and the right. And people go crazy for all of us and I think you have to be in a team together.”

Different parties, mutual respect

Behar and McCain are often seen on the show in numerous verbal sparring matches. With Behar’s vocal liberal stance and McCain’s staunch conservative views, the two women rarely agree when it comes to politics. Though they may be members of opposing parties, the two have nothing but praise and respect for each other, where McCain actually feels stung by the accusations that there is animosity between them.

“It really hurts my feelings!” McCain said of reports that they have a tumultuous relationship. “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.”

Behar added that their banter on the show is just their way of expressing their view (pardon the pun). “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,” she said, as reported by Entertainment Tonight. “And we’re both becoming a little bit more, um, not moderate, but we’ve sort of become… Like, we’re not so adamant about our positions.”

McCain revealed the she actually prefers when Behar is on the show rather than when she 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.”

The conservative panelist went on to share her true appreciation of Behar. “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. “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.”

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A sore point for McCain

McCain is known to be outspoken, even when what she says goes against popular opinion. Her stance can sometimes be subjected to negative comments on social media, and even from the live audience. “The audience is extremely combative,” she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. “The booing and heckling, it’s a lot everyday… I’m paid to give a different view, and so I would like us all, when people come, to roll it back.”

McCain shared with Behar that the negative response toward her from the audience is still difficult to take. “This is a very hard job,” McCain told Behar. “I think because you and I are so emotionally invested in the topics, I get very upset or happy. It’s like, lots of intense emotions on this show and part of it is the political climate we’re in and part of it’s just the nature of the show, getting booed is very hard. I’m still not used to it. I don’t like when the audience does that.”

The View’s 5,000 episode airs on ABC on November 7.