On her final Monday as co-host of The View, Meghan McCain had fairly a couple of premature and unkind phrases to share about comic Kathy Griffin. The women had been discussing Griffin’s current interview about her lung most cancers prognosis and battles with habit as part of Hot Topics, and whereas most of them solely had phrases of assist, McCain couldn’t get past a few of the comic’s previous actions. But as a substitute of holding her tongue in wake of the unhealthy information, McCain let all of it rip, tearing into Griffin and going as far as to evaluate her to ISIS.
While co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines denounced “the hyperdrive of cancel culture” that stalked Griffin after she posed for a controversial image with Trump’s decapitated head, McCain disagreed, slamming the comic over her mistake. First, although, McCain did make it clear that she was empathetic in direction of Griffin’s struggles.
“I just want to say it’s terrible and very scary to be diagnosed with cancer. It’s very tragic to hear of her having an opioid addiction. Both things have hit my family very hard, and it’s just horrific to go through as someone who’s a bystander, let alone going through it yourself,” McCain mentioned. “My heart goes out to her in that way, and I hope for a very speedy recovery.”
But the co-host didn’t waste any time getting to her many, many criticisms of Griffin proper after her phrases of assist. On the matter of Griffin’s cancellation, McCain tried to name hypocrisy, saying that if the roles had been reversed and a conservative star held up a liberal politician’s head, The View hosts would have “a lot less reticent to have forgiveness.”
“It’s so graphic that we can’t actually show it on the show,” McCain mentioned. “I just wonder if this show would have the same reaction if a conservative host or conservative comedian had held up a head of Vice President Harris, President Obama, President Biden.”
And that wasn’t all McCain had to get off her thoughts. Yes, simply hours after Griffin’s tragic announcement, McCain ripped Griffin for extra drama that occurred ages in the past concerning Clay Aiken. For instance: over a decade in the past, earlier than Aiken got here out as homosexual, Griffin mocked him with the nickname of “Gayken.”
“She made very, very, very cruel and homophobic jokes about him before he was out of the closet,” McCain mentioned. “I think he’s lucky he didn’t become an opioid addict, given the degree of bullying that happened to him when he was still struggling to come out of the closet.”
Then, McCain referred to as for Griffin to apologize for her hurtful jokes, saying she’ll at all times maintain a grudge towards the comic.
“I would love to hear an apology, if she’s doing this kind of soul-searching, for what could’ve happened with my good friend,” McCain mentioned. I don’t like her, I’m by no means going to like her for all of the jokes she made about Clay.”
McCain had an actual kicker of an argument to spherical out her phase. She made her stance clear by likening Griffin to a terrorist group, a agency assertion that felt fully out of left discipline: “And I don’t like her because I don’t like seeing severed heads of anyone, any place, because it reminds me of what ISIS does to our soldiers.”
Woof. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg closed the phase out after McCain’s divisive take, instantly shutting down a handful of the co-host’s arguments.
“For me, I think it was a really bad misstep. I disagree with you, Meghan, because I think had anyone seen that image of a severed head of someone — wouldn’t matter who it was, left or right — I think the response we had initially was, ‘This was a bad joke,’” Goldberg mentioned. “I love Kathy Griffin. As a person, I don’t want anyone to go through this. I’m sorry she went through this.”
The View airs weekdays on ABC at 11/10c. Watch the total phase within the clip above.