Last week, Meghan McCain announced that she would be leaving the ABC talk show “The View” after three years on the program as the token conservative. Now, sources are coming forward to say that McCain’s cohosts are happy that she’s gone.
“Everyone was at their wits’ end — even Whoopi, and she’s the chillest of them all. Whoopi is never going to advocate for anyone to get fired. She’s not about that, but she was very clear that she no longer wanted to work with Meghan,” the source told Page Six.
The insider went on to say that part-time conservative co-host, Ana Navarro, “probably drank so many goddamn margaritas” to celebrate McCain’s announcement last week. Another source said that Goldberg, Navarro and Joy Behar all told network executives that they didn’t want to work with McCain anymore.
“It happened as soon as [new ABC News president] Kim [Godwin] came in,” this source said. “It was right after Joy and Meghan’s huge [on-air] blow up [in May] where the network called an emergency meeting. They told new management, ‘We don’t want to work with her anymore.’ Whoopi was clear that she didn’t want to work with her either. There have been so many well-documented issues, and [Meghan] has not made a good impression on new management.”
“[The hosts] all came with complaints to Kim about Meghan,” added a third insider.
The previous regime at ABC reportedly had McCain’s back. When McCain and Sunny Hostin weren’t getting along, sources claimed that the former brass relayed to Hostin, “‘Get along with Meghan or get out.’”
“Meghan hated Sunny and didn’t trust her,” the first source explained. “She thought she was leaking stories about her and it was a bad situation. [ABC brass] essentially told Sunny, ‘Don’t make us have to choose between you and Meghan because we’re not going to choose you.’ And they’ve had a faux friendship ever since,”
Another source said that McCain and Hostin have since gone on to become friends, however.
“They were in a bad place at one time,” this source said. “They speak every day now and have been there for each other.”
Meanwhile, those close to McCain have said that she was miserable on the show for a long time.
“It was a difficult decision for her to make, and they got what they wanted,” said one insider. “Meghan has been wanting to leave for a long time. She is sick of fighting this fight.”