McCain blamed producers, who she said failed to explain to her she needed to not give away the ending the morning after the airing.
The on-air conversation began innocently enough, when show Den Mom Whoopi Goldberg mentioned some GoT viewers were seeking counseling to deal with their grief. Goldberg, who admitted she had bailed on the show after the Red Wedding, told viewers, “Apparently we’re at the end of a giant moment in pop culture.”
“This morning there are actually counselors you can reach out to if you’re having a hard time” with the end of the long-running HBO series, Goldberg marveled.
The View panelists asked if anyone in the audience was having trouble coping, and seemed surprised to learn some were. “That is so sad,” said Joy Behar, who has never watched an episode of the series.
Here’s were McCain dove in:
“I spent eight years of my life watching this. And it was a HORRIBLE ending,” she groused. Then she spilled the outcome and who she thought should have won the battle to rule.
“MEGHAN!” shrieked Sunny Hostin, throwing her hands up into the air.
“I’m sorry, but it’s all over the Internet,” McCain shot back, defensively, as Goldberg got up from the table and walked away.
“As a dedicated fan who watched live last night – like everyone is supposed to!” McCain doubled down. “It was terrible! I’m so disappointed!”
Apparently McCain was getting quite the bad reax from the studio audience, because, she added, pointing at them, “I’m sorry you guys are so triggered by me telling the ending.”
“You guys are genuinely upset! Why is this a Hot Topic then, if I’m not supposed to talk about it?!” McCain said, turning her wrath on show producers.
“I don’t know why I have notes for a Hot Topic that I wasn’t supposed to talk about,” she said, holding up a blue card on which were printed notes for the day’s broadcast.
Spewing some responsibility on those upset fans, McCain scolded that GoT is a “huge show” and “should be watched in real time.”
“So we’re clear, I wasn’t told ‘no spoilers’ and I wasn’t told I couldn’t say anything,” the 34-year-old media veteran complained.
“Apparently I’m going to get the wrath of the Internet when I leave,” McCain forecast, correctly.
“Apparently we can’t talk about it, because it’s going to be sensitive for people,” she snarked.
Shortly after the broadcast wrapped, a more contrite McCain tweeted an apology:
I’m so sorry for the #GOT spoilers on the show today! I assumed every diehard fan had watched! My bad. Don’t watch west coast if you don’t want a spoiler. 😞
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 20, 2019