What's a little B-word between friends?
"The View" kicked off Wednesday's episode, not addressing Bella Thorne's critical comments of host Whoopi Goldberg, but with a heated discussion between two of their own: Meghan McCain and Joy Behar, while discussing a President Donald Trump rally.
"It's not a fun job for me every day," McCain, who became a host in 2017, said to Behar. "I get that you’re angry that Trump’s president, like a lot of people are, but I don’t think yelling at me is gonna fix the problem.
"I just said it was hard for me to watch Lindsey Graham, who I considered an uncle, for a long time, OK?" she continued. "But I’m trying to explain why 2020 is not in the bag for you. It’s not."
Goldberg attempted to ease the tension by pausing the simmering conversation.
"It’s a great discussion, and we can go back to it," she said with a chuckle, "I just need everybody to take a beat."
”But being the sacrificial Republican every day, I'm just trying to..." McCain trailed off before turning her attention to Behar. "Don’t feel bad for me, (expletive), I'm paid to do this."
Defending her choice of words, McCain said that she and Behar refer to each other that way "all the time.”
After coming back from commercial, McCain emphasized there was no bad blood with Behar, despite the name-calling.
"... I just want everyone to stop being so precious about our relationship because it's almost 2020, and women can debate on TV in a spirited way without it being personal," she continued. "And, I know this is a big shock, we get along backstage."
Behar chimed in: "I'm very straight in what I believe, and so is she, so we're gonna fight. It's OK."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Meghan McCain hurls harsh words at Joy Behar on 'The View' but it doesn't affect friendship