AceShowbiz - Meghan McCain has shocked many with her exit announcement from "The View". While making public her sudden departure from the ABC daytime talk show, the conservative columnist said she believes that it's the "best decision" for her.
"I'm just going to rip the bandaid off," the 36-year-old began her message in the Thursday, July 1 episode of the show. "This is going to be my last season here at The View... It is not easy to leave, I just feel like it's the right decision for me."
"It took a lot of thought and counsel and prayer, and talking to my family and my close friends," Meghan added. "COVID has changed the world for all of us and it changed the way, at least for me, the way I am looking at life, the way I'm living my life, the way I want my life to look like."
One of Meghan's co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg reacted to the news by saying, "It's been quite wonderful to sit across from you." She added, "Your dad [late Sen. John McCain] was very smart. He wanted you to be here with us because I think he thought we could help toughen you up for what was coming, which was, you know, this wonderful baby you were going to have and his departure. So it was an honor when he said, 'Please take my child.' "
Joy Behar, who often debated on-air with Meghan, then chimed in, "You and I have had our disagreements, we've had our fights, we also had some drinking moments which were rather fun and interesting." She continued, "I have to say that what we have in common - as do all of us here - is that we're on a show where we stick our necks out, we take the blowback. We take a lot of hits on this show and we stick to our points of view."
"You have done that brilliantly for four years. I hope that you can say that I did the same thing," the 78-year-old went on sharing. "I really, really appreciated the fact that you were a formidable opponent in many ways, and that you spoke your mind - and you're no snowflake, missy."
Before ending her announcement, Meghan, who joined "The View" in 2017, sent out her "final notes." She stated, "The media needs to do a better job of covering the women on this show in general. As Joy pointed out, it is not a fair fight - we are covered with deep misogyny and sexism by the media."
"If five men were doing what we do every day, I really do believe that we'd probably have a Pulitzer Prize at this point," she further explained. "And it's always reduced to really reductive coverage, and I implore the media to do better as they cover the rest of you going forward."