This could potentially be the best day of Whoopi Goldberg’s life. The queen of daytime hairdos and telling people her dad is John McCain—Meghan McCain—is getting ready to leave The View after four years. According to Page Six, despite having two years left on her contract with ABC, Meghan McCain is “adamant” that she will depart the talk show.
As the conservative viewpoint on the show, McCain consistently interrupted and bickered with her fellow co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, even devolving into a full on screaming match with Behar on-air one day. Goldberg has been visibly exasperated with McCain since her early days on the show. During one particularly heated moment, she told McCain plainly to “just stop talking.” Elizabeth Warren gave a masterclass lesson in ignoring McCain’s tendency to talk over her co-hosts and featured guests, by simply pretending she was not there at all.
The most interesting thing McCain has ever done during her time on the show was debut an array of interesting hair stylings to distract from the emptiness of her oftentimes racist arguments. She did bring a certain viewpoint to The View; she served as their in-house staunch Republican who continued on her father’s legacy for success. Since publishing her 2008 book My Dad, John McCain, it’s become almost a bit how much she mentions him in her arguments.
The DailyMail reported that McCain’s co-hosts were unaware of her departure, at least prior to this morning’s news dropping. It’s also unclear where McCain plans on taking her career next. After establishing herself as the girlboss of conservative media over the last few years, it’s possible she could be moving onto host her own show, or *shudders* begin her career in politics. Either way, Goldberg will be letting out a sigh of relief when she reportedly wraps up at the end of July.
We wonder what her dad, John McCain, would think of this.
Update: McCain opened today’s The View with the announcement of her depature.
“Before I came on this show I didn’t want to join this show, as I think I’ve talked about in the past. It was my dad who encouraged me to do it.” Whoop! There it is. McCain continued, “He said I could never pass on the opportunity to work on such an iconic show to work with Whoopi Goldberg and he was right. It was one of the last things he told me to do before he died.”
She told viewers that her decision was made after thinking about her family, who moved to D.C. over the course of the pandemic, laying down roots following the birth of her first child.
“For the past four years, Meghan McCain has brought her fierce determination and vast political knowledge and experience to The View,” ABC News shared in an official statement. “She recently came to us with her decision to depart the show at the end of this season, a difficult choice that she made for her and her family that we respect and understand. We wish the best for Meghan as she plans her next chapter, and thank her for the passion and unique voice that she shared with us and our viewers each day.”
She told her co-hosts Goldberg, Behar, Sara Haines, and Sunny Hostin she was glad to work beside such “strong, brilliant, intelligent, incredible broadcasters like the four of you.” She also added, “You are the most talented women in all of television, hands down, and it has been so incredible to be able to do with this with you.”
Her co-hosts shared their gratitude towards McCain and her late father, while “joking” about what a “pain in the ass” she’s been. Haines told McCain that she was “tough” before laughing and saying “that’s all I can say on daytime TV.”
She told her co-hosts, fear not, there’s still time to argue before she leaves.
“I will still be here for another month so if you guys want to fight a little bit more, we got four more weeks.”