Meghan McCain claims that the reason she went away from the famed show was because of behavior of Whoopi Goldberg and others toward her. McCain is openly a republican, and she feels that she got a lot of hate for it during the Trump presidency.
McCain revealed in her memoir “Bad Republican” that the criticism wasn’t hard to handle, until she got post-partum depression. She wrote in one of the excerpts of her audio memoir that being a republican was the worst thing to be during the Trump presidency. The excerpt read:
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. As the country got worse under Trump, the treatment from Whoopi, Joy and some of the staff grew meaner and less forgiving. It was as if I had become an avatar for everything they hated about the president. It felt like the co-hosts and staff only knew one Republican — me — and took out all their anger on me, even though I didn’t even vote for Trump.
The former anchor for the show revealed shocking stories from the times. While one instance was Whoopi initially supporting her but eventually turning against her, another was when she was criticized by Joy Behar for being a republican even after he spoke against her late father, Sen. John McCain.
The thing about Whoopi, though, is that she yields so much power in culture and television, and once she turns on you, it can create unfathomable tension at the table. I found her open disdain for me more and more difficult to manage as the years went on and it became more frequent. Occasionally, if the show’s political discourse veered into territory that she found disagreeable, Whoopi would cut me off, sometimes harshly.
After my dad died, I heard Joy had told others at ‘The View’ that she couldn’t understand how I could still defend Republicans after everything Trump had done to me. Why was that something she had to worry about? I could separate the two. I could separate Trump from being a Republican. As I was dealing with my own emotions, I couldn’t also navigate the idea that I was hated and felt hated at a toxic work environment.
McCain revealed another terrible incident. She had just come back after her maternity leave. As the ladies were on air, she could feel discernable tension. To ease it though, she said ‘Joy, you missed me so much when I was on maternity leave! You missed fighting with me!’ After she replied with a stern “’I did not,’ Joy said. ‘I did not miss you. Zero.’”
That left her completely shaken, and she had a complete breakdown during the commercial break. She also felt herself lactating, which made her think that the job is definitely not worth the hassle. While she made it back to the screen after the commercial break, she left the show eventually.
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