Former host of ABC’s “The View” Rosie O’Donnell said during a recent interview that she wishes Meghan McCain would be kinder to her current co-host and “living legend” Joy Behar.
The question was put to O’Donnell whether she tunes into her old daytime gig while being interviewed on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” O’Donnell said that she doesn’t watch, and was somewhat negative about the show’s Republican.
“I don’t watch and I knew [McCain] when she was very young. I had the pleasure of working with her father for a lot of the Wounded Warrior’s projects,” O’Donnell said. “I think she’s in a difficult position.”
O’Donnell did address McCain’s loss of her father, the late Sen. John McCain, saying “I do have some compassion for her, although, I wish she wouldn’t be mean to Joy Behar.”
O’Donnell also called Behar a “living legend” who should be given more respect by her co-hosts, according to the show regular.
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Recently, McCain made headlines when she called Behar a “bitch” on air while the two disagreed about the issue of President Donald Trump’s potential for winning the 2020 presidential election.
McCain at one point in the show, lashed out saying, “I come here every day openminded, just trying to explain it. And it’s not a fun job for me,” said McCain.
“I know you’re angry. I get that you’re angry that Trump’s president, like a lot of people are. But I don’t think yelling at me is going to fix the problem, okay?”
“Am I yelling?” asked Behar.
“Yes!” said McCain, now fully yelling across the table. “I’m trying to explain why 2020 is not in the bag for you! It’s not!”
Moderator Whoopi Goldberg eventually stepped in and said, “Okay guys, okay!”
Goldberg’s attempt at civility didn’t slow down McCain, however, who called herself the “sacrificial Republican,” saying that role wasn’t fun for her.
That caused Behar to poke fun at the supposed pity party, and McCain pushed back saying, “Don’t feel bad for me, bitch! I get paid to do this!”
Goldberg almost immediately sent the show to commercial and attempted to explain McCain’s comments when the group came back from commercial.
“I love the word bitch,” said McCain, clarifying her earlier statement. “Joy and I call each other bitch all the time.” She added saying that she wouldn’t have said it if she didn’t know that Behar was ok with it.
“I just want everyone to stop being so precious about our relationship,” McCain said. “It’s almost 2020, and women can debate on TV in a spirited way without it being personal.”
“I know this is a big shock: we get along backstage!” said McCain. “We’re both pugilistic, and so we’re fine. I’m very straight in what I believe, and so is she, so we’re going to fight,” added Behar. “I don’t care if you call me a bitch.”