Meghan McCain Confirms She Won't Return to 'The View'

Meghan McCain confirms she won't return to ABC's "The View" as a host or guest, citing her current stage of life and newfound respect as a serious political commentator. McCain left the show in 2021 after four years, later speaking out about her negative experience and "nepo baby" label.

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Meghan McCain Confirms She Won't Return to 'The View'

Meghan McCain Confirms She Won't Return to 'The View'

Meghan McCain, former co-host of ABC's daytime talk show 'The View', has confirmed that she will not be returning to the show. In an interview with Page Six, McCain stated unequivocally, "There's not a chance in hell" that producers would invite her back, even as a guest. She also made it clear that she wouldn't accept such an offer anyway.

McCain, 39, attributed her decision to her current stage of life, saying, "I've had kids since then. I really like my life right now, and I feel like it's taken me a long time to sort of get to a place where people are seeing me as more serious." The political commentator, who is the daughter of the late Senator John McCain, believes that her hard work outside of 'The View', including producing podcast episodes while caring for her two young daughters, has earned her newfound respect and diminished the "nepo baby" label.

McCain joined 'The View' as a permanent co-host in 2017, sharing the panel with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, and Abby Huntsman. However, after four years, she quit the show in 2021, later speaking out about her negative experience and referring to the show as "rigged" and her former colleagues as "crazy old people."

Despite maintaining friendships with some staff members who still work on 'The View', McCain revealed that she does not keep in touch with any of her former co-hosts. However, she has formed relationships with past hosts who were not on the show during her tenure, such as Rosie O'Donnell, Jenny McCarthy, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In fact, McCain announced that O'Donnell will be a guest on an upcoming episode of her podcast, 'Citizen McCain'.

Meghan McCain's departure from 'The View' and her subsequent confirmation that she will not return marks a definitive end to her chapter on the long-running talk show. As she focuses on her family, podcast, and establishing herself as a serious political commentator, McCain seems content to leave her tumultuous time on 'The View' in the past and embrace the respect she feels she has earned beyond the confines of the daytime television arena.

Key Takeaways

  • Meghan McCain confirms she won't return to "The View" as a host or guest.
  • She attributes her decision to her current life stage, including being a mother of two.
  • McCain believes her hard work outside of "The View" has earned her newfound respect.
  • She doesn't keep in touch with former co-hosts, but has formed relationships with past hosts.
  • McCain is focusing on her family, podcast, and establishing herself as a serious commentator.