Viewers React To Meghan McCain’s Claims & Departure From 'The View'

Meghan McCain On Talking Terms With Sunny Hostin From 'The View'

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on May 23, 2022 at 6:00 AM EDT

Meghan McCain has stayed away from many of her co-hosts on "The View" since she abruptly walked away from the talk show in August 2021.

Yet there remains one person she came to respect during her almost four years on the program, in the person of Sunny Hostin.

In a recent interview, the "Raising McCain" author opened up about why she has so much respect and love for her friend and former co-worker.

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Meghan McCain Gushes About Sunny Hostin's Greatness

Sunny Hostin at 14th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball

While speaking on the "Reality with The King" podcast, McCain said that she still has ties with Hostin. She showered praises on her talents as a TV personality, saying:

"Sunny is one of the greatest TV presences in all of television. I keep telling her she should have her own show. I don't know why MSNBC is not trying to poach her for Rachel Maddow's spot."

The "Dirty Sexy Politics" author credited Hostin for being the "most politically savvy person" on "The View." 

McCain said the ABC analyst had a level of curiosity about various political aspects that she did not find present in the others on the show.

Despite her high praises for Hostin, the "Bad Republican" author revealed that she is not close with any of the other personalities on "The View." She explained:

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"She's the only cast member I still have a relationship with. I have such love for her and respect for her. She's a really good person, and she didn't demonize me the way a lot of other people did, for whatever that's worth."

During McCain's time on the ABC show, her conservative views led to clashes with co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg. She admitted she was privileged to be in the program and continued saying:

"I have moved on. I don't watch the show at all. It doesn't really enter my lexicon that often, even just the feeds I follow on Twitter and the news I read, and the pop culture I consume... I don't watch anymore, and it would be too weird to watch." 

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The "Take Part Live" alum chalked the fact that she does not miss being on the show to the difficulties she faced in her last season. 

"The Year: 2017" alum touched on writing about the hard times she faced on "The View" to give the public more context to what she went through. McCain said:

"I think my experience on the show suffered a lot with COVID and Zoom. I think it's a lot easier to hate someone through a box and through a screen and to not understand where they're coming from."

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The "Bad Republican" Author Talks Leaving "The View"

Meghan McCain smiling

Last year, McCain opened up about quitting the ABC daytime talk show. She owed her exit to the adverse reactions to her conservative views on the program.

The Blast disclosed that the "Bad Republican" author also went into detail about her experience in the 6-hour long audio memoir, which she released on Audible.

Amid promotions for the tell-all, McCain appeared on Andy Cohen's “Watch What Happens Live," where she claimed she got bullied off "The View."

The "America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom" author also labeled the environment on the show as toxic.

Cohen asked his guest about her feud with her former co-hosts. She replied that her situation with Goldberg was blown up because she has nothing but love and respect for her. She continued:

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"I adore Whoopi, and I love her. I think things went off the rails, and I was trying to give context to my experience leaving. I just wanted to explain myself and the things that happened."

The "For Real: The Story of Reality TV" star asked the "My Dad, John McCain" author if she “takes any responsibility for the toxicity on The View?” She responded:

"Only one person was bullied out of their job and doesn’t work there anymore, and I think that really says it all."

"The Andy Cohen Diaries" star asked again if McCain believes that her exit from "The View" was due to bullying, and she nodded in agreement, saying, "Yeah."

McCain concluded that although she feels that the ABC daytime talk show was a toxic workplace that forced her exit, it was a great platform regardless.

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