Shepherd’s comments came during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen,” where she criticized the former Fox News contributor for taking everything “too seriously.”
“[Megan] just has to evolve,” Shepherd told Cohen. “She has to get used to sitting there at that table. I think she needs to not take the whole Republican world on her shoulders. It’s too much.”
“You’re not the Republican voice,” the actress added. “It makes you stressed, it makes you tense. I think being able to just lighten up a little.”
McCain, who joined “The View” in October 2017, didn’t take too kindly to Shepherd’ remarks, however, and took to Twitter to express her disappointment. “Sad to hear this from @SherriEShepherd – the Trump years are incredibly intense and tumultuous times. I believe all women today should be taking the world we live in and our place in it very seriously,” McCain tweeted on Monday, July 23.
The co-hosts rebuke drew mixed reactions from viewers who enjoy McCain’s presence on the show. Meanwhile, others took Shepherd’s side and argued it was time that McCain lightens up and enjoy “The View.”
“Gotta say when I hear another woman tell another woman to not be so intense or lighten up it just makes me grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr … can we (meaning women) agree NOT to do that
#condescending,” one user wrote.
“I think this is being misunderstood,” another said of Shepherd’s remarks. “Sometimes you do get so intense that you turn red and go silent. I understand where she is coming from. I don’t think she meant any harm.”
Another fan agreed, saying, “I love Meghan because she’s supposed to bring a point of view from the other side of the aisle [but] there are times though when it feels like she’s throwing more of a tantrum than debating.”
Other viewers encouraged McCain to go with the flow and just “have some fun with it.”
“When y’all were talking about the girls night out last week, that was cool!!” one person wrote. “I enjoyed hearing about that. You are a conservative and your voice should be heard, but the other side aren’t against you; just want to respect you.”