Meghan McCain was silenced by Whoopi Goldberg during the January 6 episode of The View, when she attempted to grill projected Georgia Senator-Elect Raphael Warnock about his stance on “packing the Supreme Court with more members.” — Before Warnock could reply, Whoopi chimed in to cut to a commercial break, which made Meghan visibly frustrated. The new mom, who returned to The View after maternity leave on Monday, even rolled her eyes and muttered that Whoopi was acting “rude” as the camera cut away.
— Kennedy (@kennedy_donahue) January 6, 2021
“We’re actually going to end this,” Whoopi said during the segment before she raised her voiced significantly. “Hey, listen!” she yelled, adding, “We’re going to thank the Senator-Elect Reverend Rachael Warnock.” As Whoopi concluded Warnock’s virtual interview, she was seen pulling on her ear piece while making confused faces.
The clearly unplanned, tense moment instantly went viral on social media, with some viewers tweeting that “Whoopi’s fed up” and Whoopi’s fighting with Meghan.” Other critics recalled Meghan’s tiff with co-host Joy Behar that occurred just one day prior. If you didn’t catch the episode, Joy told Meghan that she “didn’t miss” her while she was on maternity leave.
Despite the presumptuous tweets, it just so happens that Whoopi was dealing with technical issues — according to a Brian Teta, an executive producer on The View, who explained the situation later in the show.
“What happened at the end of Act 1, we didn’t have the Senator-elect for the beginning of the show, which threw everything off. Time was very, very long,” the producer said during the January 6 broadcast. “At the end of the act, I was yelling and several other people were yelling in Whoopi’s ear, ‘We have to go to break, we have to go to break,’ which made the segment a little bit short. And there was a delay and a bunch of other things,” Teta explained, confirming that there was “no issue here [and] no drama here — just our fault.”
NEW: Following his projected victory in the Georgia Senate runoffs, @ReverendWarnock speaks with @TheView co-hosts: “I am delighted and deeply honored that the people of Georgia have chosen me to represent them in the United States Senate.” https://t.co/XWckli0jG0 pic.twitter.com/SIA05HAsiv
— The View (@TheView) January 6, 2021
Although things didn’t go as planned, Warnock was a good sport throughout his appearance on The View. On January 5, the longtime reverend and activist made history when he was elected the next Senator of Georgia — bringing the Democrats one step closer to controlling the House AND Senate in 2021. He will replace Republican senator Kelly Loeffler. The big victory makes Warnock Georgia’s first Black senator and the 11th Black senator in United States history! Additionally, if fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff wins his runoff election against Senator David Perdue, Democrats will take control of the Senate.