Meghan McCain and Joy Behar have had on-air spats in the past, but things hit a new level last week when McCain took a swipe at her “The View” co-host over her friendship with Ann Coulter.
McCain told Behar she should call up the far-right commentator and tell Donald Trump to end his government shutdown, allowing 800,000 federal employees to return to work.
Behar said, according to Salon.com: “Will we listen to them or will we listen to Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh? That’s the question. Because you know President Coulter is running the country right now.”
McCain then hit back, “Give her a call, Joy. She’s your buddy.”
Behar replied, “She’s really a comedian. And so is Rush Limbaugh. They’re both comedians.”
Not ending her comments there, McCain quipped: “You have a close relationship with her. Call her up and ask.”
Things then got even more awkward as Behar insisted she didn’t have a close relationship with Coulter, only for McCain to insist: “She was in your video for your 20th anniversary. She loves you, Joy.”
You can watch the exchange below, beginning at the 2:20 mark:
The jibes got everybody talking on social media, with many slamming McCain.
However, McCain is adamant that despite the on-air fireworks, she and Behar are actually friends.
Chatting with Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live”, McCain insisted that everything is cool between her and Behar.
“The thing about Joy and I is if you extract politics, we are very similar women,” McCain told Cohen. “We leave it all out on the table, we fight like boxers, and then we leave and I’m like, ‘Do you wanna get a drink? Are we cool?’ Neither of us like talking about our personal life on air.”
And while McCain admitted this particular dust-up was especially nasty, they were able to put it behind them.
“She was like, ‘I’m over it. Are you over it?’ I was like, ‘I’m over it.’ She’s really funny. At the end of the day, I try and hate her, and I can’t! I adore her. She’s really fun,” said McCain.
“It’s like an older sister I never had, but I’m telling you, I’ve never had more fun fighting with anyone on TV than I do with Joy Behar,” she added. “I go into battle every day knowing that she is smart, she knows her talking points, she watches as much cable news as I do. We both also enjoy the fights, which is also good. It’s liberating to be a woman that can do this on TV, but don’t ever worry! People get very anxious, but we always make up.”