Whoopi Goldberg Describes How ‘The View’ Changed After Meghan McCain’s Exit
After over a year of The View without conservative Meghan McCain, Whoopi Goldberg has finally commented.
At the New York Film Festival premiere of Till, the highly anticipated film about Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley, on Oct. 1, Goldberg told Page Six it has been less stressful without McCain.
“It’s calmer because nobody wants to be that tired every day,” the 66-year-old said.
After four years, Meghan McCain left The View in August 2021.
McCain has spoken out repeatedly about her co-hosts. In her book Bad Republican she said that the iconic talk show “breeds drama: producers can’t control hosts, manage conflict or control leaking. My take on the show is that working at The View brings out the worst in people.”
She also took aim at moderator Whoopi Goldberg, saying, “The thing about Whoopi, though, is that she yields so much power in culture and television, and once she turns on you, it can create unfathomable tension at the table. I found her open disdain for me more and more difficult to manage as the years went on and it became more frequent.”
Additionally, McCain complained about original host Joy Behar. When the 79-year-old said she didn’t miss her after she had been on maternity leave, McCain claims she broke into “uncontrollable sobbing” off camera. According to her, she told producers she wanted an apology — Behar refused.
For years, there were allegations that it was Meghan McCain who made the show a toxic work environment. Back in January of 2020, Page Six reported that “tensions have been high” and the hosts “have lost patience” with her.