It’s unfortunate that Meghan McCain’s Bad Republican book tour does not include a chapter in which she takes responsibility for her role in the toxic behavior on The View. While I do not pretend to know what it’s like to sit at a table as the only Republican on a heavily left-leaning panel, I wish McCain could own up to disrespecting Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar time and time again.
I realize that she suffered from postpartum anxiety and was grieving the loss of her beloved father, but her on her behavior was often reprehensible, and I do not think that Joy Behar claiming to not have missed McCain while she was on maternity leave warrants this scorched-earth response.
If you’re a fan of The Dishmaster, then you know I often hold the executive producers accountable when a show goes awry. This is no exception. It’s inexcusable that so many cohosts have left The View was such a bad taste in their mouth, and it would be unfair for me to dismiss that point while coming for McCain. It is the job of the executive producers to keep the peace. Like any job, turnover is a bad thing, especially if the cohost brings good ratings and said co-host leaves.
Furthermore, despite what the trolls will have you believe, McCain was fantastic when she first joined the show. She did her research and she was not intimidated by her fellow panelists — no matter how heated things got. But things changed and when her behavior worsened, it seems as if nothing was done behind-the-scenes to either make her more comfortable or let her go before things turned ugly.