Where in the world is Meghan McCain? “The View” fans missing the conservative co-host’s presence on the daytime talk show will have to wait a little while longer after a close friend confirmed Meghan is officially taking a leave of absence.
McCain’s good friend, CNN journalist S.E. Cupp, filled fans in during a Monday night episode of “Watch What Happens Live!” with Andy Cohen, revealing the co-host would be taking an extended break after the death of her father, Sen. John McCain. The elder McCain died Aug. 25 after a battle with a rare form of brain cancer. He was 81 years old.
“She’s okay. She’s still working through it,” Cupp told Cohen. “She’s taking a leave before she comes back into it all. It’s been really hard on her.”
McCain, 33, was absent from the “The View’s” season 22 premiere on Sept. 4, three days after she delivered a fiery eulogy at her father’s funeral in Washington, D.C. Through sobs and tears, the grieving daughter recalled memories of her dad and applauded his military service to America. She drove her point home, however, when she took a jab at President Donald Trump, boldly declaring, “the America of John McCain has no need to be great again because America was always great.”
It was expected McCain would take some time off after her father’s death, but fans didn’t think it’d be a while before seeing her at the roundtable again. Cupp did not indicate how long her friend would be away or when she might return to the show. As of now, new co-host and Fox News alum, Abby Huntsman, is serving as panel’s conservative voice.
“Meghan is like a sister to me and this was the hardest thing she has ever been through,” said Huntsman, who’s also a good friend of McCain’s. “Her dad was her best friend, her dad was everything.”
Meanwhile, Meghan has remained relatively quiet with her fans on social media. Her last post on her Instagram page was a somber video from country music icon Johnny Cash, five days ago.
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