UPDATE: Addressing reports that Meghan McCain wants to leave The View, a spokesperson for ABC tells TV Guide, "The co-hosts and The View have had an incredible season and we expect them all back for an epic year ahead."
The daughter of the late Senator John McCain has been at the center of many publicized controversies lately, including reports about alleged on-set antics, social media backlash to her comments about the quality of border detention facilities and other hot topics, and consistent rumors of in-feuding with her co-hosts on the ABC talk show. According to a new report from The Daily Beast, McCain is apparently at a breaking point with the negative attention and may decide against returning for The View Season 23 this fall.
A source close to McCain told the site, "It's getting to the point where it's not worth the emotional toll every week. If she doesn't stay at The View, she will find other work." One person close to McCain also said she has been "feeling like a caged animal" amid all the strife.
McCain, who has been a co-host on The View since 2017, is one of the most conservative voices among the show's cast and has had some spirited — to put it mildly — debates with her more liberal co-stars about the state of affairs in America right now. An executive producer for The View, Hilary Estey McLoughlin, told The Daily Beast that McCain's dedication to championing her political perspective may be isolating.
"What happens with Meghan is that because she's so passionate about what she's talking about, and she feels very strongly that she's carrying this mantle for the conservative perspective, and what she wants to talk about is so important to her, I think that's the part that's the most draining for her," McLoughlin said. "I think she sometimes feels isolated because she's carrying this mantle and she takes it very personally. It's a hard job. It's the hardest job on the show, for sure." However, McLoughlin also added that she believes McCain will return to the show because "she realizes it's a very good platform for her and we love having her there."
A representative for The View star Sunny Hostin, who has previously dispelled rumors of a personal feud with McCain after an on-air rift, declined "take part in the gossip" about McCain, despite rumors that she has shared damaging information about McCain to others. Meanwhile, Joy Behar, who has also shared the stage with McCain during some of the show's buzziest co-host battles, denied that they don't get along outside of the show.
"We get along fine," Behar told The Daily Beast. "We've had big fights over the last couple of years on the air, but basically she's very strong in her position, and I'm very strong in my position, and we fight, we argue. So what? That's what makes the show interesting."
Representatives for McCain did not immediately respond to TV Guide's request for comment.
The View airs weekdays on ABC at 11 a.m. ET.