On Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg started by addressing Monday’s viral moment, when she urged co-host Meghan McCain to “stop talking” and called her “girl.” She told the audience not to assume the panelists were “sitting here with butcher knives under the table,” but to realize it’s their job to go back and forth for an hour every day, which isn’t always pretty.
“We’re just going to do a little clean-up before we do anything,” Goldberg said at the top of the hour. “Things get heated on this show. If you watch the show, you know this has happened over the years. We’re really passionate … Sometimes, we’re not as polite as could be.”
She compared the panelists on the ABC talk show to the viewers’ own families, saying the same kind of disagreements happen around family tables, too, and no viewer could possibly deny it, so they should “calm down.”
McCain, too, added that those who glommed onto the moment should “calm down.”
“This is not an indication that women can’t sit around and talk,” Goldberg continued. “This is not an indication we don’t know how to deal with each other.”
The panelists even got some laughs when McCain asked if she could speak.
“Yes!” Goldberg said.
The on-air detente followed a testy exchange on Monday’s show that quickly went viral. Co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar were discussing administration officials’ refusal to testify in the hearings in President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings, which Hostin called “the height of hypocrisy” compared to how Republicans handled the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
McCain jumped in and her exchange with Hostin grew heated, prompting McCain to question whether the other hosts even wanted her “conservative perspective on this show, ever.”
“Girl, please stop talking,” pleaded Goldberg, to which McCain suggested she would just not speak for the remainder of the program.
“I’m OK with that,” Goldberg responded, soon cutting to a commercial break.
McCain tweeted after the show, “Dems and Rs alike need to confront the ugly truth: both parties are failing to be impartial jurors. I won’t be quiet, even if the reality reflects poorly on the entire political establishment. I have a responsibility to speak for the 50% that feels media doesn’t represent them.”