Sara Haines is coming back to The View two years after stepping away from the show. Reports at the time suggested Haines left The View after a falling out with co-host Meghan McCain, who remains a part of the program, so a potential conflict could be brewing.
As Variety reported, the 42-year-old acted as a co-host from 2016-2018. Abby Huntsman stepped into the show, but left earlier this year, leaving just Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and McCain hosting the series that usually features five women.
Haines has been a guest host on the program a few times over the past few months, leading some to wonder if she would become a more regular figure, particularly since her Good Morning America spinoff, GMA Day, was recently canceled.
Meanwhile, McCain is nearing the end of her pregnancy, which means she’ll soon be taking some time off for maternity leave. Although this might delay the meeting of her and Haines for a bit, they could potentially face off in the future, as all reports suggest the conservative host will be returning once her leave is over.
If they do, it won’t be the first time McCain has clashed with her co-workers. As the Daily Mail reported back in 2018, Haines is known for her “bubbly, upbeat, and super-positive” personality. Meanwhile, McCain was reportedly “cold and dismissive” of her new colleague.
“Sara is such a positive person and brought so much joy to the show. Her infectious energy was refreshing to most producers because she created a happy environment on-set in the midst of chaos,” an insider said.
But the love wasn’t returned, the source claimed.
“But Meghan just wasn’t feeling Sara at all and treated her like she didn’t exist most days.”
The source said that joining the team was a dream for Haines until McCain came on set, causing things to take a turn.
Haines also reportedly felt left out when McCain, Hostin, and Behar went out for cocktails without her one evening.
“Sara made light of the incident on-air, but she was really upset by the whole thing. She has a really wonderful relationship with both Joy and Sunny and felt as though they were picking sides. Her feelings were definitely hurt,” the insider claimed.
McCain has reportedly had a contentious relationship with Goldberg, Behar, and former co-host Huntsman, as well. Occasionally, these conflicts would take place on air. Most recently, she and Behar had a heated exchange over boycotting food products.