McCain, who’s officially taking a leave of absence from the daytime talk show, has laid low since her father’s funeral last month, but she posts on social media from time to time to share tender memories of her dear dad. The elder McCain, a POW in the Vietnam War, died Aug. 25 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 81 years old.
On Thursday, McCain, 33, posted a screenshot of a phone call she had with her dad where the two spoke for a lengthy 53 minutes and 51 seconds. The heart-wrenching post came a week after an equally somber video the Fox News alum shared of Johnny Cash singing his famous “Man In Black.”
“The death of a beloved is an amputation,” McCain captioned the post, quoting author C.S. Lewis.
Close friends of the daytime co-host offered words of comfort and their condolences during this difficult time, as did fans who said they were no strangers to the pain of losing a loved one.
Actress/comedienne Yvette Nicole Brown wrote, “I’m here if you need to talk,” followed by several heart emojis. Best friends S.E. Cupp and Abby Huntsman also left words of support, telling their pal “[we] Love you Meghan.”
Former colleague and “View” co-host Sara Haines sent “the biggest hug” while actress Lisa Rinna sent her “love and light.”
CNN journalist Erica Hill could relate to McCain’s pain, writing, “I called my dad’s phone for months after he died. I still have the recording of his outgoing message.” Former E! News anchor Catt Sadler shared a similar story, saying her “heart breaks every time” her mother calls using her late father’s cellphone.
“When she calls, it says ‘Dad’s calling,'” she wrote.
McCain gave a tearful sendoff to her father at his funeral in August, delivering a fiery eulogy that made the crowd erupt into applause. She even managed to get a few jabs in at President Donald Trump, boldly declaring from the podium, “the America of John McCain has no need to be great again because America was always great.”