NEW YORK – Meghan McCain says she decided to leave “The View” in January, the day before maternity leave, after Joy Behr said “I didn’t miss you” during a political debate.
McCain, who left this summer as the daytime talk show’s conservative voice after four years, told other backstage stories in a new book, “Bad Republican,” and later interviewed with Variety.
McCain announced on July 1 that she was leaving “The View” because she did not want to be uprooted from Washington life with her husband, commentator Ben Domenech, and daughter Liberty when the show returned to their New York studio.
She was more forthcoming in her book.
“I was unhappy with ‘The View’ for a long time,” she wrote. “My unhappiness was like this huge wave that was building and building and finally crested after I returned from vacation.”
The outspoken McCain has been the show’s lightning rod since joining, and also helped “The View” reach a new level of popularity and influence. It is currently trying out possible successors.
During the January 5 show, McCain interrupted Behr by saying “Are you kidding me?” When his colleague said the Republican Party was in more trouble than the Democrats. Behr was clearly furious, saying, “Sorry, am I done? I haven’t.”
McCain insisted on her response, and when she was finished Behr again referenced the interruption.
“You missed me so much, Joey,” McCain replied. “You missed me so much when I was on maternity leave… you missed fighting me.”
Behr replied: “I didn’t. I didn’t miss you Zero.”
Host Whoopi Goldberg quickly proceeded to call things off, but McCain was heard saying, “This is too bad. I was teasing because you said something rude. It was very rude. “
McCain has said in her book that she burst into tears during a commercial break. At the end of the show, she started crying again and vomited, she wrote.
“It is one of the most singular feelings of loneliness and anguish I have felt in my entire life,” McCain wrote. “It was a perfect storm of hormones, postpartum anxiety and a lot of monsters on ‘The View’ coming out to bite me.”
McCain said he had asked the show’s producers to apologize to Behr, but was told no one would come forward.
A spokesman for “The View” said Tuesday that Behar had no plans to comment.
There was no immediate comment from “The View” regarding McCain’s book.
McCain said that despite their political battles, he felt there was mutual understanding and respect between him and Behar. But he wrote that he never spoke outside the stage again after that incident.
When McCain announced on the air on July 1 that she was leaving soon, Behr said, “I really, really appreciated the fact that you were a formidable opponent in many ways and that you made up your mind.” Spoken. You’re not a snowflake, Missy.”
“The View” has been filled with backstage drama since its invention by Barbara Walters in the mid-1990s. In his book, McCain talks about what it was like to wear it when stories about what happened off-air leaked to the press.
She wrote that the show had a “toxic” atmosphere and that “working on ‘The View’ brings out the worst in people.”
McCain is the daughter of the late US Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican.