The daytime talk show “The View” was just rated the “most-watched daytime talk show” since Meghan McCain quit… after she’d predicted the show’s ratings would collapse without her.
The daughter of the late Sen. John McCain is a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump.
So it’s only a matter of time before Trump — who is very tuned into television ratings — fires back at McCain over this news.
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On Instagram, some fans were faster than Trump and mocked McCain.
“Meghan said on a podcast recently that ratings have dropped since she left. I laughed out loud because that’s obviously not true. She’s so salty my god,” one user wrote.
McCain quit the show live on-air on July 1. She later said she’d decided to leave “The View” following her second day back from maternity leave in January when frequent foil Joy Behar said “I did not miss you” during a political argument.
McCain, who left after four years as the daytime talk show’s alleged “conservative voice” told that and other backstage stories in a new book, “Bad Republican,” and a subsequent interview with Variety.
McCain had announced on July 1 that she was leaving “The View” because she did not want to be uprooted from her Washington life with her husband, commentator Ben Domenech, and daughter Liberty when the show returned to its New York studio.
She was more forthcoming in her book.
“I had been unhappy at ‘The View’ for a long time,” she wrote. “My unhappiness was like this giant wave that had been building and building and finally crested after I returned from leave.”
During the Jan. 5 show, McCain interrupted Behar to say “are you kidding me?” when her colleague said the Republican Party is in more trouble than the Democrats. Behar was clearly angered, saying, “Excuse me, am I done? I’m not done.”
McCain pressed on with her response, and Behar referenced the interruption again when she was finished.
“You missed me so much, Joy,” McCain replied. “You missed me so much when I was on maternity leave … You missed fighting with me.”
Behar replied: “I did not. I did not miss you. Zero.”
Host Whoopi Goldberg quickly moved in to shut things down, but McCain was heard saying, “That’s so nasty. I was teasing because you said something rude. That was so rude.”
In her book, McCain said she burst into tears during a commercial break. At the end of the show, she began 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 demons on ‘The View’ coming out to bite me.”
McCain said she had asked the show’s producers for an apology from Behar but was told none would be forthcoming.
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When McCain announced on the air July 1 that she would soon be leaving, Behar said, “I have really, really appreciated the fact that you were a formidable opponent in many ways and that you spoke your mind. You’re no snowflake, missy.”
“The View” replaced McCain with Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro, two “Never Trump” Republicans.
The Horn editorial team and the Associated Press contributed to this article