Daughter of the late Senator John McCain and sole right-leaning voice on “The View,” Meghan McCain, made her mark on the daytime television show by being a fiery opposition to hard-left characters like Joy Behar.
The problem is that being the foil to leftists has given her more infamy than fame, and rumors have begun circulating about her backstage behavior on top of her personal problem with some of her co-hosts.
According to the Daily Beast, despite McCain’s solid paycheck for the service, she’s reportedly at the end of her rope due to all the negativity being thrown her way:
According to sources close to the 34-year-old McCain, who is said to make something under a million dollars a year on the highly rated daytime program, she is emotionally drained, angry, and isolated—“feeling like a caged animal,” said one McCain intimate—amid a spate of negative publicity.
Much of this has appeared on the popular website of the Daily Mail that has portrayed her as entitled, unreasonable, “manic,” and self-obsessed—a “petulant child,” given to “crying fits” when she’s roasted on social media.
She feels “so exhausted and defeated,” said a knowledgeable source, after her two seasons of discontent.
“It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week,” said a McCain pal, who asked not to be further identified. “If she doesn’t stay at The View, she will find other work.”
It’s not clear if these rumors of her backstage behavior are true, and there’s solid reason to believe they’re exaggerated reports ginned up by people only too ready attack a right-leaning woman who speaks publicly.
It is entirely possible that McCain is feeling the isolation and stress in her position, though. Early last month she had to take time off as well in order to get a break from what was going on behind the scenes.
That said, McCain was one of the only things that made “The View” watchable, and her leaving the show would likely take press attention off it unless they replace her with someone just as likely to plant herself firmly in front of any narrative Behar and the others wish to start ginning up.