Meghan McCain Is Said to Be Considering 'The View' Exit after Alleged Meltdown
Meghan McCain is considering not returning to “The View” when the talk show returns for its 23rd season in September, a new report claims.
In the two years since McCain has been on “The View,” the daughter of the late Senator John McCain has gained a reputation of the bratty, self-absorbed co-host, and is now reportedly done with taking all the backlash thrown her way.
According to The Daily Beast, sources close to the 34-year-old claim she's “emotionally drained, angry, and isolated” while also “feeling like a caged animal.”
She feels “so exhausted and defeated,” another insider added while a close pal said:
“It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week. If she doesn’t stay at ‘The View,’ she will find other work.”
McCain left Fox News in 2017 to become the resident conservative Republican on the ABC daytime talk show and has since become infamous for her heated exchanges with liberal Democrat co-hosts like Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin.
About a week ago, Daily Mail reported that McCain had an epic meltdown in front of the live studio audience after confusing the names of two women during a segment.
A source with the show reportedly told the outlet:
“Meghan became unhinged! She screamed, 'This is some [expletive]! What are you producers good for? As usual, a bunch of producers ran to calm her, but before they could she turned to the show's executive producer Brian Teta and said: ‘You [expletive], how could you let this happen to me?’”
ADDRESSING THE RUMORS
A spokesperson for ABC, however, countered the source’s account, claiming that McCain’s exchange with Teta was “playful and nothing more.” “Making something more of it is completely ridiculous,” the rep added.
“It wasn’t done out of genuine anger,” Teta himself told The Daily Beast. “In her mind, it was playful banter… To her credit, she said ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to be disrespectful, I was just playing with you.’”
While there have been many awkward blow-ups between McCain and Joy Behar, the 76-year-old comedian/TV host assures that they “get along fine.”
ALL IS GOOD WITH BEHAR
“She’s very strong in her position, and I’m very strong in my position, and we fight, we argue. So what? That’s what makes the show interesting, I think. People write about us as if we hate each other, and we really don’t. I don’t have a problem with her.”
WHAT THE PRODUCERS WANT
The show’s producers and ABC also appear to want McCain back on set despite the unending controversial stories.
“We don’t want people to attack Meghan. We’re happy to have Meghan there,” Hilary Estey McLoughlin, senior executive producer of “The View,” said. “I think she does want to be there. 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. I feel like she will come back.”
ABC News also said in a statement published by Variety: “The co-hosts and The View have had an incredible season and we expect them all back for an epic year ahead.
McCain is yet to address reports of her considering an exit from “The View.”