McCain on View Exchange: 'Felt Like I'd Been Slapped'

Former co-host writes about on-air barb from Joy Behar that rattled her
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2021 11:49 AM CDT
McCain: Nasty Exchange With Behar Was Turning Point
This file photo from ABC shows The View co-hosts," from left, Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, and Meghan McCain.   (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via AP)

In an excerpt of her memoir Bad Republican, Meghan McCain writes that a nasty back-and-forth on the air with co-host Joy Behar was the beginning of the end for her on The View. It took place in January, just after McCain returned to the show after giving birth to her daughter and trying to recuperate from "severe" postpartum anxiety, she writes in the excerpt at Variety. The hosts were talking politics, with McCain in her usual position as the show's "resident conservative." At one point, McCain interrupted Behar to disagree with her take and said, "Joy, you missed me so much when I was on maternity leave. ... You missed fighting with me!" To which Behar responded, "I did not. I did not miss you. Zero." (You can watch it here.) They soon went to commercial, and McCain writes that it was all she could do to pull herself back together during the break.

"Nothing anyone has ever said to me on camera since I have been giving interviews since I was 22 years old ever hit this hard," she writes. "I felt like I'd been slapped." She said the slam retriggered her postpartum anxiety, and she later requested (via an executive producer) an apology from Behar that never came. "Call me naive, but when I came back to work after having a baby, I expected to be treated with respect," she adds. "It had taken me so long to get healthy again." McCain writes that she was long used to being the lone voice on the right during her stint on the show—"you can't imagine how it messes with your self-esteem working in an environment where the worst thing you can be in the world is a Republican during the Trump years"—but she says the way she was treated worsened after she had her baby. (Read the full excerpt.)

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