Meghan McCain’s protracted exit from The ViewThe whole world was able to see the outcome. In the months following the split, McCain’s been strangely quiet about her motivation to go. Many suspected that she just didn’t get along with Joy Behar Whoopi Goldberg, but that wasn’t confirmed. Until now. McCain is finally revealing why she quit, with a new book. The View. Here’s what she has to say.
McCain’s returned to writing. After McCain left, he returned to writing. The ViewShe began a column for the Daily Mail. like Rosie O’Donnell before her, she’s also been hard at work on a tell-all about her experience on the infamous talk show. Bad Republican comes out on October 21, and she’s doing interviews to promote its release.
In an interview with VarietyMcCain revealed that her castmates were blindsided by her exit. “Up until the week before, they were trying to convince me to stay and finish out the two years left on my contract. I told them it was too late — I had to get out.” She lost sleep over the decision because of “how much respect I had for my co-hosts,” but her treatment after returning from maternity leave made it impossible to stay.
McCain is very critical of misogynistic tabloids that cover the program. Gossip CopThis is just one of many stories she has encountered. Every week, articles about McCain sparring against Behar and Goldberg appeared. She says this coverage became a “self-fulfilling prophecy because the atmosphere of The View breeds drama.” She called out the culture at ABC and criticized its lack of oversight.
McCain believes she is Donald Trump’s avatar, so her coworkers took their frustrations out on McCain. She says her relationship with Behar especially deteriorated, culminating in Behar saying she didn’t miss McCain while she was gone on maternity leave. “She had humiliated me live on air,” McCain says, “ I never talked to Joy one on one again after that day.”
There’s a lot in this interview alone about McCain’s experience with anxiety and postpartum depression. She discusses how Goldberg became a foe and how shocked she was to find so little support on air. There are diatribes on Trump and the pressure to be a conservative voice during Trump’s presidency.
McCain’s conclusion is a direct attack on Behar. She says “After giving birth, I didn’t feel like myself. I felt extremely vulnerable. Joy seemed to smell that vulnerability like a shark smells blood in the water, and she took after it.” She also calls The View “toxic.” Needless to say, she’s probably not going to visit her old stomping ground to promote her book.