If you’re a fan of The View, it’s impossible to be surprised by a Meghan McCain meltdown. The conservative co-host doesn’t last long before her anger and frustration morph into yelling and/or pouting. There’s rarely a week when it doesn’t happen on the air.
Guests at The View certainly expect it. When Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren visited the show in early January, she seemed to anticipate interruptions from the show’s self-described “hyper conservative” co-host. And Warren tactfully ignored them.
Fans at The View don’t have the luxury of ignoring McCain (or, as some guests have done, school her on live TV). But that has led many to call for McCain’s firing on social media, and the petition launched to have her replaced has racked up over 10,000 signatures since 2018.
However, every one of those posts and signers has seen McCain coast into her third year on the show. And, barring McCain deciding to leave on her own, fans should expect more of the same.
ABC clearly has no interest in firing McCain
What does it take to get fired at The View? To approach that question, it’s instructive to look at the last time two high-profile hosts departed the show. That came in 2013, when Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck both went packing.
At the time, the show’s ratings had declined and ABC was desperately looking for a way to rebound. So it pulled the trigger on Behar and Hasselbeck’s firing and started fresh — with Jenny McCarthy and a more pop-culture angle.
While that group failed — and Behar returned shortly after — it was clear that the show’s producers only make moves when money is involved. (It’s TV, after all.) That isn’t the situation in 2020. As The View continues attracting around 2.5 million viewers per show, McCain’s job has been safe.
Of course, there is another reason a co-host might be forced out, and it involves workplace culture. In the Barbara Walters era, Rosie O’Donnell had to leave because Walters could not tolerate her outbursts. So far, though, Behar and moderator Whoopi Goldberg have signaled they can handle McCain.
Whoopi and Behar continue to tolerate McCain
While it’s hard to believe Behar and McCain are as chummy as they pretend to be in interviews (and Entertainment Tonight profiles), Behar doesn’t seem bothered by McCain’s presence.In fact, Behar seems content with just about everything at The View. (Again, it’s a TV show, and it’s her job.)
Whoopi has also showed remarkable patience with McCain. When you see McCain huffing and puffing after a tense moment, Whoopi seems entirely unaffected. As she said on a Seth Meyers appearance in November, “If we were truly fighting, there would be issues.”
So the old guard at The View has been OK with the situation. That wasn’t the case with Abby Huntsman, who had reportedly complained of a “toxic” culture behind the scenes (and indeed had a problem with McCain in recent months). Huntsman excused herself from the situation on January 17.
So with The View’s dirty laundry being aired and the show suddenly losing one of its co-hosts, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to drop the other conservative. Besides, McCain would quickly bring a lot of bad press on the show. At The View, that’s the last thing they need.