Host Sean Hannity opened the segment by showing clips of View in which Joy Behar bluntly told McCain she hadn’t missed her while on maternity leave, and another where Whoopi Goldberg told her to “please stop talking”.
McCain, who released an audio memoir titled Bad republican, said she was treated differently on the show due to her politics.
“It’s very personal,” McCain said. This is the thing that being a conservative woman in the mainstream media is deeply threatening. Being a woman who can get by on a show like this ultimately turned out to be threatening. So it became more and more personal. The louder the show got – that was the ironic part, the better the show. We won an Emmy. We were on the cover of The New York Times Magazine as America’s biggest political show, I felt the toxicity was getting worse and worse. In fact, I felt like the more success I got View and the more moments I helped get them, and the more I squeezed Liberal candidates and Liberal guests on the show, the worse it was for me behind the scenes.
McCain said Behar’s on-air coup against her in January came on the second day she returned from maternity leave.
“I had very severe postpartum anxiety, and that moment triggered a panic attack behind the scenes. I threw up in my office. It was horrible. I started crying between commercials, and that’s when I thought my four legs in an anthropological experiment in left-wing media was over.
She added: “I really enjoyed four years after View in the sense that it is a big challenge. It’s a huge platform. People are watching him. You are the number one show during the day. But you’re targeted if you’re the token curator and treated differently. “
McCain’s husband, Ben Domenech, is a Fox News contributor. McCain also recounted his experience in an interview with Variety published on Tuesday.
The notion of liberal media bias or excess is like catnip to Hannity, and he has peppered McCain with several questions about his experience. After reading the clips of View, he said, “I’m just traumatized looking at him. “