No love loss! The View’s Joy Behar and Meghan McCain’s conflict continues even after Meghan’s maternity leave.
During the Tuesday, Jan. 5 episode of The View, the panelist, who returned to the show on Jan. 4, wasn’t exactly welcomed back with open arms by all of her co-hosts. During the “Hot Topics” segment, McCain interrupted Joy while she was speaking, which the comedian did not take too kindly.
“I was speaking,” Joy shouted, which quickly erupted into her, Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan talking over each other. Eventually, Meghan laughed and said, “Joy, you missed me so much when I was on maternity leave. You missed me so much. You missed fighting with me. Don’t act like you don’t miss fighting with me.”
With a straight face, Joy responded, “I did not. I did not miss you. Zero.” But then she proceeded to burst into laughter.
.@JoyVBehar tells @MeghanMcCain: “I did not miss you” while you were off on maternity leave. “Zero!” pic.twitter.com/4D2IDWrF7k
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 5, 2021
The 36-year-old, who took three months off from her “View” hosting duties following the birth of her daughter, Liberty, returned to the show on Monday advocating for mandatory paid maternity leave.
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The host said her experiences following the birth of her first child informed her opinion on the issue.
“When I gave birth, I actually had postnatal preeclampsia, and I was in the hospital for a week after on a magnesium drip, and it really, really kicked my butt,” she said, adding that she was “physically unable” to return to work six weeks after giving birth as she originally planned.
“I had to have my husband and my mother-in-law help me do everything, from the shower to eat,” McCain continued. “It was deeply humbling.”
During this time, McCain said she reflected on “what a privilege” it is to have paid maternity leave and questioned why other women in America don’t have the same luxury.
“And then I started getting more and more angry that conservatives in particular, given that we are the party of family values and that everything about our ideology sort of stems from the nucleus of the family, that we are leaving women in this country without the capacity and ability, unless you have an employer that allows you to take care of your child, to heal physically, which is something that needs to happen,” she added.
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McCain also noted that both Republican and Democratic politicians have indicated support for paid maternity leave policies.
“This is something that’s a really dark spot for our country,” she continued. “We as conservatives have to come together and allow all women in this country, no matter where they’re from or their socioeconomic class, the capacity to have what I just had.”
McCain also called on her fellow “View” hosts to “put pressure” on lawmakers who appear on the show by asking them “why the women of America don’t get the same kind of maternity leave that Meghan McCain got.”