I'm sure the women of The View would love nothing more than to be able to go to work everyday, talk about the issues and have no rumors swirl about backstage drama, on screen arguments, this co-host hating that co-host or who's supposedly so fed up that they plan to quit, but that just doesn't seem to be in the cards for them. Surprisingly, Abby Huntsman recently left her two year gig as co-host, but there had been plenty of talk that Meghan McCain was going to take a walk before that. Well, McCain has spoken up recently about what, exactly, would make her leave.
Meghan McCain has gotten into quite a few verbal sparring sessions on The View since she began her tenure there in 2017, and it's rare that one of these on air arguments doesn't lead people to speculate that she's either difficult to work with or feels "like a caged animal" on the daytime talk show and will be heading for the hills soon. But, according to McCain no amount of behind the scenes trouble, live confrontations or even getting booed by the audience will make her give up her job. So, what will?
During a recent sit down with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Cohen asked Meghan McCain how she reacted after the now-infamous incident where co-host Whoopi Goldberg instructed her to "Stop talking!" and then cut her off and went to break. Here's what McCain had to say:
It was rough. And I will say that she was having a bad day and we talked about it that night and the next day. It’s live TV and it’s really intense, stressful times for everyone. I adore her. She apologized off air, she apologized on air. We all fuck up on the show. It’s live, it’s every day, and I forgive her and I love her. Oh, if she leaves, I go. Like, Whoopi is the anchor of the show and my life there, and she always picks us up when we’re down. But if she jumps, I jump. Whoopi, I adore her and I need her as the moderator.
I love an honest answer, don't you? Though, I have to say, it would be hard to pretend that it wasn't "rough" for Meghan McCain during that intense moment, especially considering how many people have seen it and how much it was talked about afterward. But, she says that she and Whoopi Goldberg were able to talk it out, with Goldberg apologizing to McCain privately and publicly, and it sounds like they're all good now. Plus, McCain realizes that they all get heated on air sometimes and fuck up a bit.
But, those admissions led to a rather surprising revelation. With all the apparent difficulty that Meghan McCain seems to have had during her time on The View, the only thing that she knows, definitively, will lead to her resignation is if Whoopi Goldberg decides she's done with the show. McCain sees Goldberg, who's been on the show since 2007, as not just the "anchor" of the talker, but her life on the show. And, she appears to be very committed to the idea that if Goldberg leaves, she does, too.
In her interview McCain also mentioned that, if she did make the choice to move on from The View, there wouldn't be time for months of rumors and speculation about it, because she'd make up her mind and just go ahead and quit. She also noted that she doesn't want to be seen as yet another host from the show who's "bitter about their time there," because she's been happy with the experience overall, and isn't planning to go anywhere right now.