Joy Behar threatened to quit ABC’s “The View” Monday after a tense on-air exchange with co-host Meghan McCain, saying she would leave the show if the “entitled b*tch” was not put “under control,” according to a report.
During a segment honoring former President George H.W. Bush’s life, Behar praised the late president for his efforts on climate change before offering a critique of President Trump’s environmental policies.
“As a candidate he said, ‘those who think we’re powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect are forgetting about the White House effect,’” Behar said, lauding Bush for tackling global warming and signing the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990. “This president that we have now is trying to unravel everything that he did and Obama did, and if I ever become a one-issue voter, it will be about pollution and the greenhouse effect and the fact that –“
McCain interrupted, firing back, “Can we focus on the president, please. I don’t want to talk about Trump, we’re honoring a great president.”
Behar responded, “Excuse me a second, please. I want to talk about – ” but McCain interrupted again, shouting: “We’re honoring a great president who passed and I’m not interested in your one-issue voting.”
“I don’t care, what you’re interested in, I’m talking,” yelled Behar. “Dammit!”
As producers cut the live feed, the women could be seen yelling at each other and waving their arms.
“My God!” Behar said during the commercial break following the confrontation, according to the Daily Mail. “Get this b*tch under control.”
“If this shit doesn’t stop, I’m quitting this damn show. I can’t take this much more,” Behar said, the outlet reported. “I’ve tolerated a lot of shit on this show but I’m at my wits’ end with this entitled b*tch. Enough already! Enough already! I’m not playing nice any longer.”
“I don’t know why she’s so upset,’ McCain reportedly said. “I just wanted her to focus on President Bush and not bring Trump into this for once.”
A source close to the show pushed back on the Daily Mail’s report, particularly Behar’s alleged use of expletives during the break.
“Sometimes the conversations get more passionate and heated than others, but when they get up from behind the table they talk it out,” the source said. “They are friends and they are friendly behind the scenes. That’s the case with Meghan and Joy, and all the women. They are pros. They have a good working relationship.”