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Meghan McCain Reveals the Real Reason She Left 'The View'

Meghan McCain Reveals the Real Reason She Left 'The View'

Meghan McCain is sharing her side of the story.

The 36-year-old conservative former co-host of The View revealed the reasoning behind her departure in her upcoming book, Bad Republican, as previewed in an excerpt at Variety.

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“You can’t imagine how it messes with your self-esteem working in an environment where the worst thing you can be in the world is a Republican during the Trump years. As the country got worse under Trump, the treatment from Whoopi, Joy and some of the staff grew meaner and less forgiving,” she wrote.

“It was as if I had become an avatar for everything they hated about the president. It felt like the co-hosts and staff only knew one Republican — me — and took out all their anger on me, even though I didn’t even vote for Trump.”

She also said she felt Whoopi turned on her over the years.

“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. Occasionally, if the show’s political discourse veered into territory that she found disagreeable, Whoopi would cut me off, sometimes harshly.”

Meghan also discussed her tension with Joy.

“After my dad died, I heard Joy had told others at The View that she couldn’t understand how I could still defend Republicans after everything Trump had done to me. Why was that something she had to worry about? I could separate the two. I could separate Trump from being a Republican,” she said.

But it was her return to the show after giving birth last year that sealed the deal.

“As I was dealing with my own emotions, I couldn’t also navigate the idea that I was hated and felt hated at a toxic work environment,” she said, citing her second day back when she got into a fight with Joy on-air.

“To make light of things and to ease the tension, I said, ‘Joy, you missed me so much when I was on maternity leave! You missed fighting with me!’ ’I did not,’ Joy said. ‘I did not miss you. Zero.’”

She said she then burst into tears during the commercial break, and felt herself starting to lactate.

“Nothing anyone has ever said to me on camera since I have been giving interviews since I was 22 years old ever hit this hard. I felt like I’d been slapped. She yelled out at me sharp and intensely and I believed her. Now, I know I’m not always a perfect angel, but I would never speak to any woman that way who had just returned after giving birth,” she continued.

“I was embarrassed and shaking. I felt like I wasn’t in control of my body. I didn’t want millions of viewers to see that. That experience of crying and leaking and trying to pull it together in seconds so I could go back on-air with women who appeared to hate me was an intensely heartbreaking experience,” she continued, deciding: “this s–t isn’t worth this. Nothing in life is worth this.”

“I want ABC to change. But I want change in America too, starting with giving pregnant women paid maternity leave. Corporations should not be allowed to say, ‘We support women, blah blah blah, but if you have a baby, we’re not going to support you.’ These companies spend millions of dollars a year trying to convince consumers of their high moral values, but how many of them actually walk the talk? It needs to change.”

Watch her final statement on the show.

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