Meghan McCain joined The View in 2017.
In recent months, she has quarreled with her show co-hosts, especially Joy Behar.
There are reports that McCain feels like “a caged animal” and has plans to leave The View-but ABC begs to differ.
It’s been a difficult few months for the co-hosts on The View, to say the least. Between Whoopi’s pneumonia and the politically-charged quarrels, the women of The View-Meghan McCain, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, and Abby Huntsman-have become a Hot Topic themselves. The latest drama: While the show was on break for the 4th of July holiday, The Daily Beast revealed that sources close to McCain said she might be leaving The View, stat.
In the report, sources speculate that McCain is thinking about exiting the show before it returns for its 23rd season in September. The reason? McCain reportedly “feels exhausted and defeated,” and some days even feels “like a caged animal.”
And while it didn’t take long for the rumors to run rampant, Hilary Estey McLoughlin, the show’s senior executive producer, initially told The Daily Beast that the rest of the cast and crew love and support Meghan-regardless if they get along on paper or not. “We don’t want people to attack Meghan. We’re happy to have Meghan there. 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.”
Even though McCains frustration is sometimes evident on the show (we all remember her spat with Behar a few months back, don’t we?), ABC squashed the rumors with one sentence. “The co-hosts and The View have had an incredible season and we expect them all back for an epic year ahead,” a spokesperson for ABC told USA TODAY.
Ahead of Monday’s show, McCain shared a cryptic still from Gangs of New York on her Instagram.
A post shared by Meghan McCain (@meghanmccain) on Jul 7, 2019 at 5:49am PDT
Sure, this post could simply be a way for McCain to show everyone that she struggles to return back to her 9-to-5 after a holiday weekend like the rest of us. But fans couldn’t help but speculate that this photo was chosen for a specific reason-perhaps it’s true that McCain feels like everyone is ganging up on her.
Generally speaking, her fans loved her tongue-in-cheek response to the rumors: “This is great! As for all the comments, it’s called The View,” one person said. “Meghan is a big girl and holds her own and I truly believe her when she says behind the scenes all is well with the ladies.” Others even reminded her that we should all be able to agree to disagree: “I am a liberal and you have been a gift on The View. You’re relatable. Stay the course,” another wrote.
However, McCain didn’t address the speculation during Monday’s episode, leaving some fans to fear the worst.
@TheView You should also discuss news reports that Meghan McCain is going to leave, due to the stress of it all.
Bring it up and let her explain if she is leaving or not. She sure doesn’t seem very happy!
Let her go, as she talks over everyone all the time.
- Marc Walther (@Marc_TR6) July 8, 2019
It looks like we’ll just have to keep an eye on her Instagram for more news...
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