Will Meghan McCain quit 'The View'? She ran out of meeting on Joy Behar feud amid calls for firing
Meghan McCain reportedly stormed out of a meeting with top executives at ABC following a heated debate with ‘The View’ co-host Joy Behar over anti-Semitism. As per reports, the resident conservative on the panel of the daytime talk show ran out of the meeting with new ABC News President Kim Godwin because she felt like she was being “attacked.”
As per sources, Godwin and the network have received a deluge of calls asking for McCain to be fired following her on-air argument with Behar over what some have called anti-Semitic comments on Monday's episode. This is not the first time that viewers have called for the expulsion of McCain. On Monday, May 24, McCain defended Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right conspiracy theorist serving as the US representative for Georgia's 14th congressional district, who was stripped from two House committee assignments.
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This came in the wake of Greene comparing Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to continue to require members of the House to wear masks on the chamber floor to the steps taken by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Following the backlash, she doubled down and insisted that “any rational Jewish person” would also oppose the “overbearing” mask mandates. She said: “We can look back at a time in history when people were told to wear a gold star, and... they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany... This is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
McCain said, "I just wish we could bring that same energy towards hate crimes directed towards Jewish people as we do with every other minority, which we should," clarifying that by "we," she meant the media. Behar said, "I resent that remark."
"Well, I resent a lot of things. So, we're even," McCain snapped back. Behar shot back with, "I mean, I've been talking about anti-Semitism on this show for 25 freaking years. Don't tell me what I'm supposed to be saying, Meghan, okay? You do your thing, we do ours."
Then McCain retorted, "I'm not telling you what you're supposed to say. I'm well aware we do separate things on this show, Joy, okay? And I know you've been here 25 years and I've been here four." Behar answered, "That's right. That's right. You should have some respect for that once in a blue moon.”
As per reports, Godwin called a last-minute meeting with co-hosts of the show and ‘The View’ producers in an attempt to "cool" personal attacks on air. As per sources, Godwin told the show's talent and producers that things were getting a bit too heated for TV, specifically referencing not to the issues they spoke about, but their rhetoric towards each other.
The president reportedly spoke about receiving calls to fire McCain for her attacks on fellow co-hosts, especially Behar, and said the animosity between hosts looked toxic. Godwin further said that she was not aiming this at one specific co-host, but asked to limit attacks, as per sources. But McCain reportedly stormed out of the meeting before it ended. She said that she felt like she was being "attacked" before leaving.
McCain leaving the show in light of this incident may not be unexpected altogether. Sharon Osbourne’s ouster from the competing talk show ‘The Talk’ earlier this year in the wake of her defending Piers Morgan, and even Morgan leaving ‘Good Morning Britain’ just before that has set a precedent for this. During an appearance on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’ in 2019, McCain admitted to feeling insecure about her position on the show, "I go in assuming I'm going to be fired every day," she said. "Every single day. Yes, every day."