Since Meghan McCain decided to leave “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg has found that going to work is much less stressful for her.
At the premiere of “Till” at the New York Film Festival on Saturday, the EGOT winner, who is 66 years old, shared an exclusive statement. “It’s calmer because nobody wants to be that tired every day.”
McCain, who is 37 years old, began appearing on the ABC talk show in October 2017 and will leave after four seasons, in August 2021. The daughter of the late Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona frequently butted heads with the other co-hosts, particularly Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg.
The former host of “The View” on Fox News revealed in an interview for “The Commentary Magazine Podcast” in August that Behar’s reaction to her returning from maternity leave in January 2021 after giving birth to her daughter Liberty was the impetus for her decision to leave “The View.” Liberty was born in December 2020.
“The Commentary Magazine Podcast” in August that the catalyst for quitting “The View” was Behar’s response to her returning from maternity leave in January 2021 after giving birth to her daughter, Liberty.
“I finally went back to the show, and the day I went back to the show, Joy Behar said on air, ‘Nobody missed you, we didn’t miss you, you shouldn’t have come back,’” she recalled.
McCain stated that after the show she went back to her office, where she threw up, and then called her brother, who urged her to exit the show.
Goldberg isn’t the only target of the conservative media personality’s criticism.
“The thing about Whoopi … is that she yields so much power in culture and television, and once she turns on you, it can create unfathomable tension at the table,” she said in her 2021 audio memoir, “Bad Republican.”
“I found her open disdain for me more and more difficult to manage as the years went on, and it became more frequent. Occasionally, if the show’s political discourse veered into territory that she found disagreeable, Whoopi would cut me off, sometimes harshly.”
And it seems like the disfavor was mutual.
“We’ve always had disagreements and stuff, but this one was a little bit different,” Goldberg explained to us on Saturday. “I think [the show], it’s better. I feel it’s better, but I’m still tired!”
The actress who starred in “Sister Act” admitted that her daughter had even called her out on the awkward facial expressions that she occasionally made when speaking with McCain on the air.
“My daughter would say to me, ‘I can see your face!’ [And I would say], ‘OK, I’ll be better,’” she shared.
Despite the tension that was visible on camera, Goldberg revealed that there was actually no bickering behind the scenes.
“People felt like they wanted to go home,” she said. “There was no point in fighting. You do what you do and you go home and do what you love to do. And hopefully, everybody is now happier.”
In the movie “Till,” in which Goldberg plays the role of Emmett Till’s grandmother Alma Carthan, she was in attendance at the New York Film Festival to help present the film. Goldberg was also one of the producers of the film. The relentless pursuit of justice by Mamie Till-Mobley for her son Emmett, who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14, served as the impetus for the creation of this film.
On October 14, a limited release of the film “Till,” which also stars Jalyn Hall, Danielle Deadwyler, and Frankie Faison, is scheduled to take place.