Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain butted heads yet again during Monday morning’s broadcast of The View. The co-hosts got into a tense exchange during a discussion about the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.
When co-host Sunny Hostin explained why she thought certain senators were being hypocritical by not voting for Trump’s impeachment but voted for former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, the conservative McCain offered a viewpoint that did not sit well with liberal Hostin.
“My job here is not to litigate the ethics of it,” McCain said. “I’m an ABC political analyst along with being a View co-host. My job is to analyze the politics of it.”
That prompted passionate comments between Hostin and McCain, who began speaking loudly over one another. It wasn’t long before Goldberg stepped in to curtail the conversation, and McCain was clearly upset about being cut off.
“Do you want to hear a conservative perspective on the show, ever?” McCain asked, to which Goldberg responded, “Girl! Please stop talking! ‘Cause you know what? What’s happening…”
McCain then replied, “No problem. No problem. I won’t talk for the rest of the show.” Goldberg then said, “I’m OK with that, I’m OK with that. If you’re gonna behave like this…”
Though McCain continued to defend her opinion, Goldberg was seemingly uninterested and abruptly cut to commercial.
This isn’t the first time Goldberg has spoken sternly to McCain in relation to View discussions about Trump’s impeachment hearings. Back in October, Goldberg told McCain to “respect” her co-hosts when she began talking over them.
“Let me tell you something about The View,” Goldberg told McCain at the time. “This show has always had the ability to have different points of view, which we respect around the table. When we talk to each other, we also exhibit respect. So, when I’m saying to you, ‘Hold up, because we’re not hearing each other,’ I’m not trying to cut you off, I’m trying to get you heard.”
On Tuesday’s episode of The View, Goldberg and McCain acknowledged their tiff, speaking about the combative nature of the show and criticizing “sexist” coverage of the co-hosts frequent feuds.
“We just got to do a little cleanup before we do anything. You know, things get heated on this show. If you watch this show, you know this has happened over the years. We’re really passionate. This is our jobs. We come in, we talk to each other. Sometimes we’re not as polite as we could be,” said Goldberg in part. “That’s just the way it is. But you’re going to be dealing with the same thing when you’re sitting around your table with your family and you don’t agree, or somebody says women can’t sit around and talk. This is not an indication that we don’t know how to deal with each other on camera. This is happening in real time. Stuff happens on this show in real time.”
McCain then assured viewers that “Whoopi and I get along great.” The daughter of the late U.S. Senator John McCain continued, “And I love you very much. I’ve loved you for a long time. You were good friends with my dad. We fight like we’re family. It’s all good. We’re not tearing the set apart. Calm down, all of you, OK? It’s all good.”
“I think with the media blowing it up, I just don’t think it would happen with men,” McCain added. “And there were a lot of commentators — Greta Van Susteren, in particular, talking about the coverage of us and how sexist the language always is, especially when reporting on the fights that happen on this show and I, for one, am over it. Please treat us like men.”
Goldberg concluded by reminding viewers that squabbles will recur, just as they have for decades on the hit talk show. “It’s 20 years of this. I’ve only been here for 10 or 11 or something,” she said. “We’re actually human beings having conversations that you don’t want to have. We’re having conversations you can’t have, you’re scared of having or whatever it is. But the bottom line is yeah, it’s going to happen and it’s probably going to happen again.”
Watch Goldberg and McCain’s latest spat and their acknowledgement of it in the videos below.
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Dec. 17, 9:20 a.m. Updated with Goldberg and McCain’s quotes from Tuesday’s episode of The View.