Meghan McCain Says Good-Bye To ‘The View’: ‘This Has Been A Really Wild Ride’

Meghan McCain celebrated her time on the daytime TV staple and looked to the future on her last episode.

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The day has finally come that Meghan McCain, 36, said good-bye to her co-hosts on The View. Meghan’s last episode on the daytime talk show was Friday August 6, and it was certainly a touching affair. She has been a permanent co-host of The View since 2017, and she spoke about what an impact the show has had on her life. “I don’t know what else to say other than thank you all so much again for the privilege and honor it has been for the past four years to work on this show. It really has been incredible. It’ll be referenced in everything I do for the rest of my life,” Meghan said at the end of the broadcast.

Meghan proceeded to thank both her co-workers and fans for giving her a platform. “You women have been so incredible to work with. The crew, the producers, everyone works so hard, and honestly the audience, giving me four years to give my opinion and show my perspective,” she said.

The co-host ended her last word by telling viewers she wouldn’t forget her time on the show, and she ended with a joke about the controversy she stirred. “This has been a really wild ride the past four years of my life. It’s been honestly the best of times and the worst of times and always. On and off this show, it’s been a really incredible, liberating experience, and I will always cherish the time I spent with all of you. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and I hope our executive producer Brian can forgive me for making his blood pressure rise for the past four years as much as I probably have,” she said. Meghan also delivered the show’s signature sign off to close out her time and season 24 of the show. “Alright everyone, have a great day and take a little time to continue enjoying the view,” she said as her last farewell.

While Meghan was known to butt heads with her co-hosts on numerous occasions, her fellow co-stars seemed sad that she won’t be a fixture on the series any longer. Before showing highlights of Meghan on the show, Whoopi Goldberg called her “a  co-host who’s never been at a loss for words since she joined the hot topic table four years ago.” Besides her colleagues, Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema was a guest and raved about her friendship with Meghan. The crew also surprised Meghan with a video message from former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, wishing her the best.

To celebrate her final show, Meghan’s mom, Cindy McCain, was one of the guests. Cindy gushed over how proud she was of her daughter, and what she looked forward to after her run on The View ends.  “I’m so proud of Meghan. What I look forward to in many ways is to be able to see more of her and to see more of my granddaughter Liberty. I think she’s done a wonderful job. I love her independence,” Cindy said. “I’m glad she chose a little bit of family over too much work right now.”

Meghan McCain made her last appearance on ‘The View’ on Friday. (ABC/Lou Rocco)

Before her final episode aired, Meghan tweeted her appreciation to be a part of the iconic talk show on Thursday August 5. “Thank you for allowing me the privilege of sharing my opinion with you every day. I wish my cohosts and the show the best of luck and good will going into season 25,” she wrote.

Meghan announced her plan to leave the show at the beginning of the month in the July 1 episode. The co-host announced that it was not “an easy decision” and she considered it a “privilege” to be a part of the show. Meghan mentioned that the plan was at least in part inspired by her move to Washington D.C. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having already split time between the capital and New York city, she said she wanted to stay in the city with her husband  Ben Domenech to raise their daughter Liberty. “I just have this really wonderful life here that I felt like I didn’t want to leave,” she said at the time.

When Meghan first announced that she was leaving the show, she said that her dad, late Senator John McCainwas a key reason that she joined the show. During Friday’s episode, Meghan’s mom reiterated just how proud the senator would be of his daughter. “He thought [The View] would be a good format for her. We used to call her John McCain in a dress when she was little. We knew she could do it, we knew she had the ability to make waves or deal with controversy, all the things you do so well on this show. He also wanted her to have an opportunity to really express herself and spread her wings a little more,” Cindy said.

Even though she’ll be leaving The View, Meghan already seems like she’s getting busy on her next project. She was named as the executive producer of Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story, a Lifetime movie about the author, via Deadline. The movie notably stars Heather Locklear as Kristine Carlson in her first acting role since 2017.

Meghan was a permanent co-host for ‘The View’ for four years. (ABC/Lou Rocco)

Throughout her time on The View, Meghan often offered a more conservative perspective on issues, and was not shy about sharing her opinion. She fought with her co-hosts about various issues on numerous occasions, and offered tons of hot takes on whatever the women discussed during the “Hot Topics” segments. Despite often verbally sparring with her co-hosts, Meghan also would occasionally joke and have amusing anecdotes from her life.