Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainTrump mocked for low attendance at rally 'Defund the police' movement hits semantics roadblock Meghan McCain slams Cuomo, de Blasio as 'an utter disgrace' following another night of unrest in NYC MORE of “The View” on Wednesday condemned past comments from the show’s former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck about society needing to “pray” the coronavirus away, adding that she doesn't "need to co-host with her again."

McCain appeared virtually on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” and was asked about the remarks from Hasselbeck, which came during her return appearance on the ABC talk show last month. McCain called the rhetoric "dangerous."

“Somebody actually sent me a screenshot of my face when she said that,” McCain said with a grimace. “I took this virus seriously from the very beginning, and I thought a lot of this rhetoric was really dangerous. I think it's really, really unfortunate and dangerous that she said that."


McCain serves as a conservative voice on the show, a role occupied by Hasselbeck for 10 years before her exit in 2013.

"I don't need to co-host with her again, and it's unfortunate, because I've been a huge fan for a long time," McCain continued Wednesday. “Anybody who is screwing around with this virus and putting out misinformation, I don't really have a lot of time for right now."

Hasselbeck returned to “The View” on March 11, when there were around 1,000 coronavirus cases in the country, compared to more than 840,000 now. She appeared during an audience-free broadcast of the show before the program transitioned to taping remotely due to social distancing guidelines. 

"I think there can be a fine line between what is precaution, what is taking precaution, and what is panic,” she said at the time. “Yes, we're going to take precautions, we're going to Purell, pray that God's got us in our tomorrows. We pray that this coronavirus is extinguished, that it stops in its tracks."


Hasselbeck also praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE’s “leadership,” triggering a tense exchange with the other panelists on the show.

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McCain has previously praised Hasselbeck for representing conservative women on the show, a position she said she now takes seriously.

"I used to watch 'The View' in college, and she was really such an icon for young Republican women, and I hope I'm giving that to anyone that's watching," McCain said in September. "I know there's people in the middle of the country that feel like they're really happy that someone is representing them."