'The View' is Back and—Surprise, Surprise—Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg Are Still Annoyed

‘The View’ is Back and—Surprise, Surprise—Meghan McCain Is Still Annoyed and Whoopi Goldberg is Still Angry
Meghan McCain can be see in a YouTube clip from the daytime talk show 'The View.' The show returned from hiatus on Tuesday. YouTube / ABC

The women of The View returned from their weeks-long hiatus and spoiler alert: nothing has changed. Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain are still annoyed, though Goldberg from her stand-point and McCain as the lone conservative voice on the panel.

The ABC show—dubbed "the most important political TV show in America" by New York Times Magazine—started as it normally does, with a rapid-fire "Welcome to The View, Welcome to The View, Welcome to The View, Welcome to The View," from Goldberg, followed but her saying, "This is how you know when summer vacation is over, when we're back live at the table."

Things went according to the checklist for regular occurrences on The View: awkward transitions (check), angry/bothered responses from Goldberg (check) and of course Meghan McCain giving up mid-argument out of annoyance as the lone conservative voice among the women (check).

The awkward transition occurred when Goldberg ended the first segment by filling precious seconds of live daytime TV with the women silently taking a group photo for the new season—because that couldn't happen during the commercial break.

Then during the segment on the most recent mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, this weekend—which left seven people dead and 25 more injured—McCain lost her patience while explaining her point. After quietly letting the other women share their views, McCain started her take on the issue with, "As the chick on the panel who spent most of her break shooting, I look forward talking about this."

She went on to say media outlets should assign reporters to a "gun beat," because journalists covering mass shootings have "clearly never shot a gun" and "don't know the difference between a semi-assault rifle and an assault rifle." She said the definition of an "assault" weapon needs to be better defined and calls politicians like Beto O'Rourke "gun grabbers" for supporting positions that would take guns away from Americans.

But then after co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin offer rebuttals to McCain, she responds with "I'm not living without guns," and then proceeds to uncomfortably adjusting herself as she became visibly bothered by the conversation, saying "alright, alright" repeatedly before taking a sip of her drink and angrily retorting, "welcome back."

But if McCain is known for her reactions to seemingly calm and rational discussions, Goldberg is known for her passionate final word on a topic.

In a later segment about Will & Grace stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack calling for the list of donors at an upcoming fundraiser for President Donald Trump to be made public, Goldberg not only is so not on board with this idea, she angrily shut down the conversation with a message to the Will & Grace stars.

She starts by comparing their suggestion to Joseph McCarthy's Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s, which sought to uncover Communists in the entertainment industry. "Listen, the last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves," she said. "Your idea of who you don't want to work with is your personal business. Do not encourage people to print out lists because the next list that comes out, your name will be on and then people will be coming after you," she continued.

Her co-hosts sat quietly as Goldberg made her point. At one point, after the audience claps, Goldberg appears to be signaling for them to stop so that she can end her point.

"You don't have to like it, but we don't go after people because we don't like who they voted for," she said. "We don't go after them that way. We can talk about issues and stuff, but we don't print out lists."

She ended by encouraging Messing and McCormack to do their homework.

"Think about it. Read about it. Remember what the blacklist actually meant to people and don't encourage anyone—anyone to do it."

The View—in all its awkward (and sometimes confusing) brilliance—airs live daily at 10 a.m. EST.