For fans of The View, the beginning of every show became familiar a long time ago. After a presenter scrolled through the guests and the day’s agenda, the co-presenters had their presentations. Then you see the ladies coming out, recognize the studio audience and sit down.
Fans can also predict the reactions of each co-host. With Whoopi Goldberg, you usually get a slight smile when it rains applause before “Welcome, welcome, welcome…”. Meanwhile, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin tend to go with bigger smiles.
As for Meghan McCain, she often finds the show’s most conservative co-host sitting with a frown. After watching McCain clash with her colleagues on the air for years, you can see why she might be unhappy. But Meghan McCain’s reasons go beyond the usual work stress.
The View: Meghan McCain seems overwhelmed as the show’s most conservative co-host
Periodically, there are stories published about Meghan McCain leaving The View, and comments from the show’s producers (along with those from anonymous sources) shed light on backstage culture. For starters, no one denies that Meghan McCain has anger and frustration about his work…
In a July Daily Beast report, we learned that Meghan McCain felt “a caged animal”, “exhausted” and “defeated” at work. The report suggested she wouldn’t make it to the new season. (McCain returned in September).
Still, we had a look behind the scenes that confirmed what we see on the air. As the show’s most conservative voice, Meghan McCain often feels isolated. Meanwhile, her social media activity exposes her to a lot of online “roasting”…
Hilary Estey McLoughlin, senior executive producer at The View, pointed out McCain’s sources of stress. “What’s going on with Meghan… is that she is so passionate, and she feels very strongly about wearing this cloak for the conservative perspective,” McLoughlin told The Daily Beast.
“What she wants to talk about is so important to her – I think this is the part that drains her the most.” McLoughlin also acknowledged that any conservative voice sometimes has a bit of a problem with The View. “It’s the toughest job on the show, for sure,” she said.