The on-air disagreement was part of a discussion about border security.
The tense moment started when the ladies began discussing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation. After some comments from Abby Huntsman and Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain spoke to the border security issue as a whole.
"This is a hard line issue for people who live in border states. Many friends of mine, this is the number one and only issue," McCain said. "And if we sit here and act like there isn't a crisis, that it's crazy people living in border states that think there's a crisis, that is a winning ticket for Trump."
Once McCain was done speaking, Joy Behar began to articulate her thoughts, many of which center around providing aid to countries that are struggling.
"Like I just said, this guy who's coming in wants to help those countries," she said of the department's new acting head, Kevin McAleenan. "That's the way to solve the problem. Keep them there happy... solvent. Give them a house. Give them food. Help them. Help their children. Stop the crime rates."
"Give a Nicaraguan a house?" McCain interrupted. "We've had a bunch of liberal guests who don't want to send in aid at all."
"Hold on," Behar said. "I listened to you. Let me just finish."
McCain audibly scoffed at Behar's request, declaring, "Part of your job is to listen to me."
Following McCain's statement, Whoopi Goldberg immediately jumped in to shut down the potential argument from escalating.
"OK, so here's the deal. Here's what's not going to happen today. We're not going to do this," Goldberg said. "Everybody gets a conversation piece. Everybody gets to say their piece. And we don't need to comment if we don't like what we're hearing. Just let folks talk."
Goldberg invited Behar to finish her thought, but Behar said that she "forgot what it was" following the interruption. Huntsman and Hostin got the conversation back on track, and Behar ended up recalling her point, which was about people having the right to seek asylum.
Following the tense discussion on air, a source told ET that "the moment ended as soon as it started."
"All the ladies at that table are pros and they continued to do their jobs," the source added.
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