Why Whoopi Goldberg Didn’t Feel the Need to Apologize to Meghan McCain After ‘The View’ Dust-up

By this point, fans of The View can’t be surprised when the show’s co-hosts snap at one another. After all, they spend four-five days a week discussing controversial topics on live television. As Whoopi Goldberg noted on December 17, sometimes it “goes off the rails.”

That was certainly the case the previous day when Whoopi shut down Meghan McCain as McCain and Sunny Hostin spoke over one another. “Girl, please stop talking,” Whoopi told McCain before cutting to a commercial.

After extensive media coverage of the dust-up, Whoopi opened the following show with she called “a little cleanup.” Referencing the previous show, Whoopi said things get heated and sometimes she and her co-hosts were “not as polite as we could be.”

Whoopi also assured viewers that she and her colleagues were not out to get one another. But those who were waiting for an apology from Whoopi were watching the wrong show.

Whoopi was simply doing her job on ‘The View’

“The View” welcomed Pete Souza and Charlotte Pence on October 16, 2018. | Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Whoopi’s had the same job description (i.e., moderator at The View) since she took over following Rosie O’Donnell’s brief, turbulent campaign in 2006-07. When co-hosts are talking over (or raging at) one another, Whoopi intervenes. And she cuts to commercials when producers ask.

So it wasn’t a shock that Whoopi stepped in as Hostin and McCain struggled to get the floor. But instead of letting Whoopi go to commercial, McCain kept talking. That’s when Whoopi made sure she made her point.

After McCain said she wouldn’t talk for the rest of the show, Whoopi declared herself “OK with that” before going to commercial. In a word, though Whoopi got a bit rough, she was basically doing the job she gets paid to do. (Whoopi considers The View “a job,” not some sort of calling.)

Looking at it through that lens, Whoopi did what she had to do on another day at work. It took a harsh tone and a very direct request to get it done, but she did her job nonetheless.

And though she admitted the co-hosts can “step in it” on occasion, she felt no need to apologize to McCain — or anyone else. In fact, Whoopi challenged the studio audience. “So if you can say that’s never happened to any of y’all … [laughter]. You understand where we’re coming from.”

Whoopi never takes the bait on the ‘celebrity feud’ front

Whoopi Goldberg attends the presentation of the Pirelli 2020 Calendar “Looking For Juliet” at Teatro Filarmonico on December 03, 2019 in Verona, Italy. | MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images

If you’re a fan of Whoopi, you’ve probably notice how she doesn’t do celebrity feuds. When Rosie O’Donnell tried to drag her into one in mid-2019, Whoopi brushed off Rosie’s comments with hardly a thought. “That’s OK,” she said on the subject.

In the same way, Whoopi doesn’t really speak about her job at The View. “What happens for me at work is not for everybody … it’s not their business,” she told Andy Cohen in June ’19. “I don’t like talking out of school, and I don’t like other people talking out of school.”

So when McCain took to Twitter to vent about the December 16 episode of The View, you knew Whoopi wouldn’t respond online (or anywhere else). And she probably didn’t about it at all until she addressed it at work the following day.

Whoopi also didn’t reciprocate when McCain said the show’s co-hosts were like a family and addressed Whoopi directly. “I love you very much. I’ve loved you for a long time. You were friends with my dad,” McCain began. “Yeah,” Whoopi replied.

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