Whoopi Goldberg’s Takedown of Meghan McCain Had ‘View’ Fans Celebrating the Holidays Early
Whether you believe the co-hosts at The View are friends or foes, everyone can agree there’s been a ton of testy exchanges in 2019. Regular viewers can run down most of the dust-ups, including some heated moments between Joy Behar and Meghan McCain in early ’19.
After moderator Whoopi Goldberg returned following a life-threatening bout of pneumonia, many believed the show would settle into some kind of normalcy. But that didn’t really happen, and most of the show’s fans have pointed to McCain (who frequently talks over people) as a reason why.
On December 16, Whoopi’s patience with McCain suddenly hit empty. And then Whoopi did what many View fans have been begging the show’s moderator to do: She told McCain to “stop talking.” View fans immediately said it was like Christmas (and Hanukkah) had come early.
Whoopi’s ‘Girl, please stop talking’ brought ‘View’ fans great joy
The incident in question came during a segment on the Senate response to Donald Trump’s impeachment. As Sunny Hostin and McCain fought to be heard over one another, Whoopi took the opportunity to cut to commercial. But McCain felt she hadn’t had her say yet.
“Do you want to hear a conservative perspective on the show ever?” she asked (while Whoopi was speaking). “Girl, please stop talking,” Whoopi responded. “Please stop talking right now.” When McCain said she wouldn’t talk for the rest of the show, Whoopi was blunt. “I’m OK with that,” she said.
It didn’t take long for fans of The View to erupt in celebration on Twitter. Judging by the prevailing themes (and memes), most fans considered it a long time coming. And many relished the fact that Whoopi had “finally put [McCain] in her place.”
In fact, Whoopi’s move struck many fans of the show as “an early Christmas present” and the triumphant move of someone who “is all of us.” And the celebration crossed cultural and religious lines.
McCain did hold her comments to a minimum — at least until after the show
While she didn’t stay entirely true to her word, McCain did keep her comments to a minimum for most of the remainder of the show. (During a visit by Robert De Niro late in the program, she interacted briefly with the star of The Irishman.)
However, McCain took to Twitter after the show to address what she considered a front in the “culture war.” (This is her workplace, mind you.)
But that wasn’t enough to put a damper on the celebrations. Wherever you turned, someone had posted their own way of dunking on McCain.
After a year of wondering why The View producers wouldn’t replace McCain, the majority of fans online simply wanted to enjoy the moment. And if you have enough time, you’ll find an eternal scroll of them doing just that.
Sometimes, the holidays do come early. For View fans who’ve grown tired of McCain, Whoopi’s shutdown might have taken most of the year, but it was worth the wait.