Meghan McCain 'burst into tears' after co-host Joy Behar said live on air that she didn't miss her when the new mother returned from maternity leave.
'I had been gone for three months and I assumed they had missed me... I was wrong,' McCain says in her upcoming audio memoir Bad Republican.
In January, on her second day back from leave, she was having a squabble with Behar about the state of the Democratic Party. 'To ease the tension, I said: ''Joy, you missed me so much when I was on maternity leave.''
'I did not,' Joy said. 'I did not miss you. Zero.'
McCain said she felt vulnerable after giving birth, because she suffered from post-partum anxiety.
'Joy seemed to smell that vulnerability like a shark smells blood in the water, and she took after it. When we broke for commercial I burst into tears — not just like tearing up — uncontrollable sobbing,' McCain says in her memoir, available on Audible on October 21.
Meghan McCain says in her upcoming memoir that she 'broke into tears' after co-host Joy Behar said live on air that she didn't miss her when the new mother returned from maternity leave
McCain said she felt vulnerable after giving birth. 'Joy seemed to smell that vulnerability like a shark smells blood in the water, and she took after it,' she says
McCain's audio memoir Bad Republican is available on Audible on October 21
McCain continues, 'Until that moment it hadn't even occurred to me that Joy hadn't missed me. She texted me to see a baby picture of Liberty and she had seemed happy for me. We chatted in a friendly way. I believe that despite all our differences, deep down we had a mutual understanding of respect for each other.
'Nothing anyone has ever said to me on camera, since I have been giving interviews, since I was 22 years old, has ever hit this hard,' McCain says. 'I felt like I'd been slapped. She yelled out at me sharp and intensely, and I believed her.'
''That's so nasty,'' I said, unable to hide my shock. ''That's so rude.'''
McCain quit the show in July, after, she said, the other hosts especially Whoopi Goldberg and Behar turned on her.
She went to a coffee shop straight after she announced she was going. The Abba song, Take a Chance on Me was playing.
'The people behind the counter were dancing to the song smiling and laughing. Abba was my dad's favorite band. I felt like it was a sign from him. I was making the right decision.'
McCain says in her memoir that she only joined The View at the insistence of her dying father, Senator John McCain.
DailyMail.com's new columnist wanted to turn down the offer of an interview for the leading daytime TV talk show, but as they sat in a doctor's waiting room for an appointment for her dad's terminal brain cancer, he told her she had to do it.
She even told her agent: 'My dad made me call you back. He says you have to go back to ABC and say I'm interested,' she says in the memoir.
'I'm here with him at cancer treatment, so I guess I have to do whatever he wants.'
McCain, 36, had been on the show before as a guest host and she thought that was all the network was going to offer her this time. 'I always was the bridesmaid, never the bride.
'They would say, you can be rotating guest hosts every three weeks. And I would say: ''No way. I'm nobody's fourth choice.'''
She also believed the show was dying as it bled audience to CBS's The Talk and she thought there was too much showbiz content and not enough politics.
'The show is bad,' she told her father. 'They're always talking about celebrities and yelling at each other, plus they have a huge turnover rate, no one survives more than a season.
'That's why they need you,' the Arizona senator replied.
McCain, who had quit her job at Fox News to help look after her father, did eventually join for an rollercoaster three years on the show.
She says that she wanted to turn down the offer of an interview for The View, but her father John McCain, who was getting cancer treatment, said she had to do it. They're pictured on set of The View in 2017
McCain even told her agent: 'My dad made me call you back. He says you have to go back to ABC and say I'm interested'
McCain said she told her agent, 'I'm here with him at cancer treatment, so I guess I have to do whatever he wants.' She's pictured with her father and Whoopi Goldberg
McCain dishes on The View's guests, revealing who she liked and who she didn't.
'James Comey was so slick and rehearsed that he was a terrible guest. Rachel Maddow same thing,' she says. 'Nathan Lane was a d**k. It made me so mad