Why Fans of ‘The View’ Started Calling for Meghan McCain’s Job
If there wasn’t a large serving of on-air drama, would it even be The View? The tradition dates back at least a decade, to the days when Barbara Walters lit up Jenny McCarthy before a guest appearance.
In recent years, the drama has continued. The ABC morning show is enjoying some of its best ratings in years, and the back-and-forth between liberal and conservative voices in the Trump era is part of the attraction.
When Whoopi Goldberg was out sick in February, that meant watching Joy Behar shut down Meghan McCain for having “a hissy fit” was a normal day at the office. Since Whoopi’s been back, things have been more civil, but McCain clearly holds a grudge.
That came out on April 8 when McCain felt the need to tell longtime host Joy Behar it was “part of [Behar’s] job to listen” to her. As an offended Behar gathered herself, Whoopi had to step in and right the ship. Soon enough, unhappy fans of The View were calling for McCain’s job online.
McCain’s cutting remark came during a normal ‘View’ segment.
There have been times when Behar has seemed to relish going after McCain, but Monday’s episode of The View was not one of them. The conversation revolved around federal aid to Central American countries, and Behar was trying to make a small point.
As McCain started to talk over her, Behar said,”I’ve listened to you, let me just finish.” In response, McCain let out a “huh” sound before saying, “Yep, part of your job is to listen to me.” The audience suddenly went quiet.
On Twitter, hundreds of faithful viewers of The View began to weigh in on the episode. Most called out McCain for being “spoiled” and “entitled,” which are knocks that are likely here to stay for the daughter of the late John McCain.
While we’ve criticized McCain for a lack of preparation (especially in political segments), fans mostly objected to her behavior on a personal level. They saw McCain’s actions toward Joy as disrespectful, and made explicit calls for McCain to be removed from the show.
Whoopi’s move to defuse the situation
We’ve noted that The View often doesn’t work without Whoopi at the table, and this show offered a perfect example why. As Joy went quiet after she processed McCain’s interruption, Whoopi tried to stop the fight there.
“Here’s what’s not gonna happen today: We’re not gonna do this,” Whoopi said. “Everybody gets to say their piece, and we don’t need to comment if we don’t like what we’re hearing. Just let folks talk.”
She offered Behar the chance to finish her thought, but Joy declined, saying she’d forgotten what she was saying. Interruptions will do that, especially when they seem to come from a place of bitterness (as McCain’s did).
While fans generally like the balance of different political views on The View, it’s clear where their allegiance lies as far as the hosts are concerned. They’ll take Joy Behar over Meghan McCain any day.
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