ABC’s female focused talk fest The View, whose fractious interpersonal relationships on and off the air have provided endless fodder for tabloid ready gossip over the past two decades seems poised to claim yet another casualty.
Daughter of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, Megan McCain is seriously considering calling it quits and not accepting ABC’s offer to return for The View’s 23rd season next September.
The 34-year-old McCain, who is said to make something under a million dollars a year on the highly rated daytime program, is emotionally drained, angry, and isolated, “feeling like a caged animal” says a source.
It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week,” said a McCain pal, who asked not to be further identified. “If she doesn’t stay at ‘The View,’ she will find other work.”
McCain, who continues to grieve over her famous father’s August 2018 death from brain cancer but has been helped by therapy, declined an interview request from The Daily Beast, where she spent nearly four years as a regular columnist until late 2012.
“We don’t want people to attack Meghan. We’re happy to have Meghan there,” Hilary Estey McLoughlin, the show’s senior executive producer, told The Daily Beast. “I think she does want to be there. I think she wants to be on the show. She realizes it’s a very good platform for her and we love having her there. I feel like she will come back.”
However, as McLoughlin acknowledged, “these stories don’t seem to go away.”
“What happens with Meghan is that because she’s so passionate about what she’s talking about, and she feels very strongly that she’s carrying this mantle for the conservative perspective, and what she wants to talk about is so important to her, I think that’s the part that’s the most draining for her,” McLoughlin said.
Like her father, a salty-tongued former Navy pilot who was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War and spent five years as a prisoner under torture, McCain is unusually self-aware, knows she comes on too strong for many people and occasionally offends them (although she is quick to apologize in private for missteps).
She “has a mouth like a trucker,” said a person familiar with McCain’s M.O. She “swears a lot.” She’s “got to stop, because it keeps impacting her life.”
Her father “raised her like a guy,” this person said, adding that she “feels different in every way a person can feel different (at The View)everything.