ABC News’ “The View” Joy Behar scolded colleague Meghan McCain on Monday morning, telling the conservative co-host that she was having a “hissy fit” and ending a conversation before McCain had a chance to chime in.
The daytime gabfest got uncomfortable during a conversation about Senator Amy Klobuchar, who poked fun at President Trump’s hair over the weekend after he mocked her presidential announcement. McCain appeared to talk over Behar’s introduction of the segment when the fiery liberal shot back, “Can I get through this, please?”
Behar continued setting up the discussion as McCain repeatedly said the entire thing was “stupid.” The panel dissected the feud between Klobuchar and Trump when McCain chimed in.
McCain rhetorically asked, “Can I say something now? Is that OK?”
Behar told her to “go ahead” and McCain sarcastically replied, “I have permission to speak now on Amy Klobuchar? We’re all good?”
McCain started to explain that she had friends at Klobuchar’s announcement when she was distracted by whatever Behar was doing off camera.
“No, by all means, keep going, Joy,” a visibly frustrated McCain said.
Behar shot back, “If you’re going to have a hissy fit, we can’t continue.”
The crowd chuckled as McCain sat with her arms folded and Behar moved on to the next topic.
This is hardly the first confrontation between the outspoken co-hosts, who clash on a regular basis – leading to speculation that the drama is personal.
Back in December, Behar and McCain had a tense moment when paying tribute to the late President George H.W. Bush only a few days after his death. Behar invoked President Trump as she was praising the 41st president’s policy on pollution and the Clean Air Act Amendments his administration passed in 1990.
“This president that we have now is trying to unravel everything that he did and Obama did,” Behar said. “And if I ever become a one-issue voter, it will be about pollution and the greenhouse effect.”
McCain quickly jumped in and said, “I don’t want to talk about Trump. We’re honoring a great president who has passed.”
“Excuse me a second, please,” Behar exclaimed, to which McCain replied that she wasn’t “interested” in hearing about her one-issue position, which led to a fiery exchange between the two, as Whoopi Goldberg abruptly ended the segment before a commercial break.
Last July, the panel erupted when into chaos during a discussion about whether or not the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the normalization of Democratic Socialism will benefit America. Co-host Sunny Hostin detailed some of the issues that Ocasio-Cortez plans to encourage, such as “Medicare for all,” fully funded public schools and universities, paid family and sick leave, justice system reform and “housing as a human right.”
Behar approved, but the show’s lone conservative Meghan McCain said it was making her “head explode.”
McCain and Behar quickly got into a shouting match and continued bickering when Goldberg finally interrupted the segment and tossed it to a commercial break.
Despite the on-going feud, McCain recently told Bravo host Andy Cohen that the two get along off camera.
“We are very similar women, we leave it all out on the table, we fight like boxers… she’s really funny and at the end of the day I try and hate her and I can’t,” McCain told Cohen. “I’m telling you I’ve never had more fun fighting with someone on TV than I do with Joy Behar.”
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.
Jussie Smollett has ‘no plans’ to meet with Chicago police, despite their request
Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett say there are “no plans” for him to meet with Chicago police Monday for a follow-up interview about his alleged assault, even though law enforcement has requested one.
“There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” Anne Kavanagh, a spokesperson for Smollett’s attorneys, said in a statement on Monday obtained by The Wrap. “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate. Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf.”
On Saturday, a Chicago police spokesperson said Smollett is no longer considered a victim in the case that allegedly involved an attack by two masked men who shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at the actor and, “This is MAGA country!”
Police earlier said that the “trajectory of the investigation” shifted and that they wanted to conduct another interview with Smollett about the alleged hate crime last month. Police released two Nigerian brothers who were held for questioning about the reported attack. They were released late Friday without charges.
“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the ‘Empire’ case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement at the time. “We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”
The men were arrested Wednesday night after investigators tracked their movement on surveillance cameras in the area where Smollett said the attack occurred. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, said he was attacked by two masked men on Jan. 29 as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. Police have said they were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime and earlier considered Smollett a victim.
Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, vehemently denied that the attack was a hoax, previously telling press, “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity,” the statement continued. “Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”
A rep for Smollett did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Michael Tobin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Al Sharpton says Jussie Smollett should ‘face accountability to the maximum’ if attack was orchestrated
When “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by two masked men yelling racist and homophobic epithets, as well as “This is MAGA country,” MSNBC host Al Sharpton came out in support of the star.
“We can’t make people love each other, but we can sure hold them accountable if they harm each other,” Sharpton said at the end of his “Final Thoughts” segment headlined, “We’re with you Jussie.”
But amid multiple reports this weekend that Smollett may have been involved in orchestrating the attack, Sharpton, who made his name in the 1980s as the spokesperson Tawana Brawley in what turned out to be false claims she was raped by four white men, changed his tune on-air on Sunday.
Sharpton still thinks someone should be punished, but his tune has changed as these new reports emerged.
“If it is found that Smollett and these gentlemen did, in some way, perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum,” Sharpton said referring to the actor and two men linked to him who have been questioned by police. “Let us get to the bottom of it, and let justice be done, no matter who is right or wrong.”
Smollett, who is black and openly gay, has claimed he was attacked by two masked men early on Jan. 29 as he walked to his Chicago apartment from a Subway restaurant. Smollett alleged the men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at him.
Sharpton famously lost a defamation suit when the Brawley attack was eventually found not to have happened. Now, there are reports that Smollett might have also orchestrated an alleged attack — as local reports have cited sources saying the attack was a hoax, though the Chicago Police Department has not confirmed that.
Last week, Chicago police questioned two Nigerian brothers in the reported attack but released them Friday without charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the pair had given officers information that had “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”
“While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what’s been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident, ” Guglielmi said Sunday.
Smollett received an outpouring of support from politicians and celebs when he first went public about the alleged attack in January. Smollett reportedly has claimed at least one of the attackers said to him, “this is MAGA country,” in reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan.
The Brawley rape allegations in the late 1980s left an entire community on the brink of “civil war” – and a recent Fox Nation documentary took a closer look at one of the most racially-charged legal sagas in American history.
The New York teen’s claims — in which she said she was allegedly raped in the woods by multiple white men in Wappingers Falls, New York, and then left wrapped in a feces-covered plastic bag with racial slurs written on her body — helped springboard the careers of activists including Sharpton. But after an extensive investigation filled with twists and turns, a grand jury found the allegations to be an elaborate hoax.
Smollett’s lawyer has denied his client had anything to do with his alleged attack in Chicago.
“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said in a statement. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Greg Norman and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.
Pregnant Meghan Markle arrives in New York City for royal baby shower
The pregnant Duchess of Sussex reportedly touched down in New York City on Monday with the party scheduled for Tuesday.
The shower is said to be taking place at an Upper East Side hotel.
It’s unclear who else is on the guest list or whether Markle will also have a baby shower across the pond.
Markle and husband Prince Harry announced in October that they’re expecting their first child.
The baby is due in the spring, likely in April.
Markle and Harry will reportedly have a working “babymoon” in Morocco starting Saturday.
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