The 33-year-old conservative co-host appeared on Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, and addressed Shepherd’s comments made on the late-night show earlier in the week.
“She just has to evolve. She has to get used to sitting there at that table,” Shepherd said of McCain being a co-host on ABC's long-running daytime talk show. “I think she has to not take the whole Republican world on her shoulders. It’s too much to take that whole world. It’s like, you are not the Republican voice. It makes you stressed. It makes you tense. So, I think just being able to lighten up a little."
“I was super bummed out when I saw her saying that,” McCain said in response. “She said I need to lighten up. You know, The View, it’s a tough show that’s really politically heavy. We’re a news show now. It’s not the show that she once hosted. Right now, and not to make this too heavy, but in Trump’s America, we should not be telling women to lighten up. It’s a serious time. We can take things seriously.”
After McCain gave a similar retort to Shepherd’s remarks on Twitter, the 51-year-old former View co-host replied, “@MeghanMcCain my response to @Andy on #WWHL wasn’t intended to be anything but constructive. We have talked at length privately and I’ve been nothing but supportive of you and everyone who has co-hosted @TheView – If I came across as not being supportive of you, that wasn’t my intent. I can’t control how my words are reinterpreted for tabloids and gossip blogs – I can only take ownership of my intent and my truth - #supporterofwomen.”
@MeghanMcCain my response to @Andy on #WWHL wasn’t intended to be anything but constructive. We have talked at length privately & I’ve been nothing but supportive of you & everyone who has co-hosted @TheView -If I came across as not being supportive of you, that wasn’t my intent.
On Wednesday’s WWHL, McCain also addressed some other hot-button topics from The View, including her on-camera beefs with Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg’s recent fight with Judge Jeanine Pirro.
“I have to say, Joy and I are like drinking buddies and I genuinely have so much affection for her,” McCain said. “I really am over this feuding of Meghan and Joy. We fight like boxers and then we get out of the match and we pump gloves and we’re good.”
Of the Goldberg incident, McCain noted she wasn’t backstage when the confrontation occurred, but she passionately defended her co-host
“It is really hard not to love Whoopi Goldberg. She’s really fair. I sit diagonal from her every day. She’s a really fair, open person,” McCain said. “She’s been very open to my politics. I just thought it was unfortunate that Judge Jeanine didn’t see what I see in her every day. She’s a wonderful co-host. She’s very open to hearing the other side.”
Here's more on the incident between Goldberg and Pirro: