What does it take to get fired at The View? To approach this question, it is instructive to watch the last time two high-profile hosts left the show. It was in 2013, when Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck packed their bags.
At the time, the show’s ratings were down and ABC was desperate to find a way to recover. So he pulled the trigger on Behar and Hasselbeck’s shooting and started all over again – with Jenny McCarthy and a more pop-cultural perspective.
While that group failed – and Joy Behar came back shortly after – it was clear that the producers of the show only move when the money is involved. (After all, it is TV.) This is not the situation in 2020. As The View continues to attract about 2.5 million viewers per show, Meghan McCain’s work has been secure.
Of course, there’s another reason why a co-host might be forced to leave, and it’s about workplace culture. In Barbara Walters’ era, Rosie O’Donnell had to leave because Walters couldn’t tolerate her outbursts of anger. So far, however, Joy Behar and moderator Whoopi Goldberg have reported that they can handle McCain.
Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar continue to tolerate Meghan McCain
Although it’s hard to believe that Joy Behar and McCain are as close as they pretend to be in the interviews (and Entertainment Tonight profiles), Behar doesn’t seem worried about McCain’s presence, in fact, Behar seems satisfied with almost everything at The View. (Again, it’s a TV show, and that’s his job).
Whoopi Goldberg also showed considerable patience towards Meghan McCain. When you see McCain huffing and puffing after a moment of tension, Whoopi Goldberg seems completely indifferent. As he said in a Seth Meyers appearance in November, “If we were really fighting, there would be problems.
So The View’s old guard agreed with the situation. It wasn’t the case with Abby Huntsman, who had complained about a “toxic” culture behind the scenes (and actually had a problem with Meghan McCain in the last few months). Huntsman apologized for the situation on January 17.
So, with The View’s dirty laundry on the air and the show suddenly losing one of its co-presenters, it wouldn’t make much sense to abandon the other conservative. Besides, McCain would quickly bring a lot of bad press to the show. At The View, that’s the last thing they need.