Yesterday Meghan McCain announced that she’s leaving The View after four years, and that this current season would be her last. Meghan claimed her decision was based on not wanting to move back to NYC where the show tapes. During the pandemic, Meghan, her husband, Ben Domenech, and their nearly one-year-old daughter Liberty, had been living in the Washington, D.C. area. Except Page Six’s sources make it sound like it was the easiest decision Meghan has made in her life, because she hated her job and wanted to quit ASAP.
Before Meghan’s announcement about leaving the show, sources claimed to Page Six that ABC News begged Meghan to stay, and even offered her a contributor position on ABC News. She turned it all down. Another source has spoken to Page Six about Meghan’s exit, and if that source is telling the whole truth, then the only thing ABC News could have offered is to fire Whoopi, Joy Behar, Sunny Hotsin, and everyone else at the table, and renamed it The Meghan McCain Show via Page Six:
“She’s been wanting to get out, especially since she now lives in the DC area with her family. She doesn’t want to come back to New York and be a part of that show. She’s been miserable since she started,” the source said.
Remember last year when a source claimed that Meghan didn’t have any friends left on The View? Another source sort of backs up that theory:
A different source further said of the outgoing conservative co-host: “People have loved hurting her and being cruel to her the entire time she’s been there.”
People might have started to feel a little braver around Meghan, possibly because she didn’t have the same security she had when she first started:
[McCain] no longer had the climate of protection she had under [former ABC News president] James Goldston,” one insider said. “When he was there, there was this sense of retribution if you didn’t get along with Meghan. She would act out, yell at the audience, guests, and fight with her co-hosts [on-air], but there was never an ‘OK, you have to get along with your co-hosts.'”
Another source added: “The onus was always on them to get along with her and put up with her bullshit.”
Kim Godwin was named ABC News president in April. One month later, Kim allegedly scolded Meghan and Joy for getting personal during arguments on the show (a move that allegedly made Meghan storm out before the meeting was done). One other source claims that it wasn’t Meghan’s fault that she got involved in so many fights – that’s just what ABC News wants of the women on The View:
The insider added on Thursday: “The number of people who exit the show, it’s a joke. It’s a game there. It’s under the news division and…they thrive off women fighting. Everyone leaves there with their hair on fire. It’s really vicious.”
Nobody can accuse that source of exaggerating. Toxic inter-personal relationships exploited for television ratings is a long and storied tradition on The View. It’s as American as apple pie, or an exasperated Whoopi cutting to commercial. But Meghan took it over the top. That said, I am a little worried about everyone when Meghan leaves. That last source says that everyone leaves with their hair on fire. I really hope Meghan’s hair stylist doesn’t clip in too many hair pieces on her last day, because that fake hair looks very flammable, and it could create a mile-wide fireball.