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Meghan McCain said her experience on The View was a crucible of human experimentation.
The treatment she received as the show's "token conservative" caused McCain to rethink why she was on the show, she said Tuesday in her first television interview since leaving the show.
"My four years in an anthropological experiment at left-wing media had come to an end," McCain said.
The ex-host was continuously attacked for her position on abortion and not voting for former President Barack Obama, she alleged.
"I don't think that people who go into liberal spaces, which is basically every other space except Fox News … I don't think you should be punished for it … [but] that's unfortunately exactly what happened to me," McCain said.
Being a woman did not make the situation easier for McCain, she said.
"Being a conservative woman in mainstream media is deeply threatening," she said. "Being a woman who can hold her own on a show like that proved to be ultimately threatening, so it became more and more personal."
During McCain's time on the show, it reached new heights and even an Emmy win.
Despite the success, the hostility toward McCain continued to rise on and off the screen, McCain told Fox News.
"I actually felt like the more successful I was on The View ... and the more I pressed liberal candidates and liberal guests on the show, the worse it got for me backstage," she said. "And then, ultimately, it started spilling out on air."
McCain announced her departure from the show in July and said she tells all in her book, Bad Republican, which will be available Thursday.
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