Rosie O'Donnell Speaks out Meghan McCain’s Behavior: ‘I Wish She Wouldn't Be Mean to Joy Behar’
The former “The View” co-host commented on the on-screen feud between Behar and McCain, and she expressed her disagreement with the latter’s behavior in this regard.
57-year-old actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell, who has been co-host of the daytime talk show in two periods (2006-2007 / 2014-2015), recently revealed whose side is she on in the ongoing feud between two “The View” co-hosts.
On June 24, O’Donnell was a guest on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen," and she used the occasion to criticize 34-year-old Meghan McCain for what she considers a lack of respect toward 76-year-old Joy Behar.
SHE ASKED FOR RESPECT TOWARD BEHAR
O’Donnell, famously and outspokenly liberal, was asked by Cohen about McCain’s role as the show’s sole Republican voice, and while she said to understand McCain’s difficult position, she believes the latter could show better manners.
"I wish she wouldn't be mean to Joy Behar, who is, you know, like, a living legend, and should be respected for no other reason than she's the elder statesman in the room," O'Donnell said.
O’Donnell, who once collaborated with late Senator McCain despite their political differences, showed empathy for the politician’s daughter who had to cope with her father’s death while having to defend her ideas on-screen daily.
"She was very, very tight with her father, and he had been dying for a while. We watched her daily try to grieve and get through. It's not really that easy. So I do have some compassion for her," O’Donnell clarified.
MEGHAN DENIES THE FEUD
Despite the tensions that again and again arise between Behar and Meghan, which the latter admits to be exhausting, she has said that beyond their heated political arguments on screen, they have no bad feelings toward each other.
“I just want everyone to stop being so precious about our relationship because it's almost 2020, and women can debate on TV in a spirited way without it being personal," Meghan explained on June 19.
When Meghan recently used a very strong word to refer to Behar on air, she later justified by claiming that they called each other that word all the time as a private joke.
ROSIE’S CONCENTRATION CAMPS COMMENT
During the mentioned late night show appearance, O’Donnell went deeper into politics by apparently backing Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who refers to border detention centers “concentration camps.”
"Yeah, the concentration camps, even though there’s lots of controversy about the word," O'Donnell said, correcting Cohen while answering his question about her advocacy to end detention centers.
"But, actually, legitimate scholars who study genocide say, yes, these are, in fact, the criteria for concentration camps, they meet them. There are over 100,000 camps, in nearly every state," O’Donnell added.