Meghan McCain announced Thursday that she’s leaving “The View.”
The show’s lone conservative co-host — who’s had fierce on-air battles with leftist colleagues such as Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg — told viewers that this season will be her last. The season runs through the end of July.
McCain, 36, said the impact of COVID-19 played a large role in her decision, particularly as a new mother, and that she wants to stay in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband, political commentator Ben Domenech, and her baby girl Liberty.
“We have this incredible life here,” McCain said on the program of the nation’s capital, adding she’s surrounded by friends and family. “The View” is based in New York City, and McCain began living permanently in D.C. amid the pandemic while she and her fellow co-hosts contributed to “The View” from remote locations.
Reaction to McCain’s departure announcement among her co-hosts seemed friendly enough. Goldberg told her “it has been quite wonderful to sit across from you,” and co-host Sunny Hostin added that McCain has “a really important point of view.”
Behar went last with her memories of McCain, saying “you and I have had our disagreements, we’ve had our fights; we also had some drinking moments which were rather fun and interesting.” Behar added that McCain “brilliantly” stuck to her perspectives and that she proved a “formidable opponent” in regard to their on-air sparring.
“You’re no snowflake, missy,” Behar added to McCain.