Would Meghan McCain Get Her Own Show If She Left ‘The View’?
At the end of September, almost three months removed from the “caged animal” era at The View, most would agree Meghan McCain’s job is safe for Season 23. For their part, ABC producers have gone on the record saying no one is trying to push McCain out.
As for McCain, despite The Daily Beast reporting she’d felt “exhausted” and “defeated” late in Season 22, all signs point to the conservative co-host staying right where she is. In fact, on September 17, McCain responded to some mockery by Fox News’s Laura Ingraham by bragging about her job.
“Shout-out, Laura: I’m on The View. And you’re not,” McCain said. That doesn’t sound like someone “emotionally drained” and “isolated” (at least not in that moment). But then again, things aren’t always what they seem at The View.
Personnel changes at the show in the past have been guarded more closely than state secrets. (See: Elisabeth Hasselbeck.) Were McCain to consider moving on (as has been reported), an interesting question to ask if where she’d go from there. There’s no easy answer.
McCain’s personality and politics don’t have a clear home elsewhere.
If you were McCain’s agent looking for a replacement gig, you’d have a few obstacles in your search. For starters, McCain doesn’t have experience moderating a major talk show. On The View, her on-air transitions have left a lot to be desired. That could make for awkward TV moments on her own show.
McCain’s prickly personality is another thing that could stand in the way. While working on Outnumbered at Fox News in 2016, she had one of those fits fans of The View have gotten used to. “Ridiculous!” she said after watching a video of celebrities urging people to vote. “I can’t sit through this.”
“The Hollywood hysteria over Donald Trump I find entertaining,” she added, bitterly. Granted, since then, McCain has more than her fair share of unpleasant interactions with Trump, so it’s likely her feelings on the subject have changed. But her personality isn’t exactly made for talk shows.
As far as politics goes, while McCain is a staunch conservative, her issues with Trump have isolated her somewhat within the Republican party. In brief, it’s difficult to think of her having a wide audience at any cable-news network.
‘View’ producers think McCain’s best move is staying put.
Were McCain to move on, she could end up with a smaller audience than the one she has at The View. (The show averages about 3 million viewers per episode.) When rumors of her possible departure swirled in July, one of the View producers seemed to reference that.
“I think she does want to be there,” senior executive producer Hilary Estey McLoughlin told The Daily Beast. “I think she wants to be on the show. She realizes it’s a very good platform for her and we love having her there.”
Indeed, McCain speaks to a much more diverse audience on ABC than the quite old and very white one she had on Fox News. She could try to go out on her own and see what happens, but the job she currently has may be the best she can do.