ABC privately disputes Meghan McCain's claim about The View's 'toxic' workplace — and reveals a different reason for her exit
Former co-host of "The View," Meghan McCain alleged that there was a toxic work environment at her ABC show because Joy Behar said she didn't miss McCain while she was on maternity leave.
But in a TMZ exclusive, ABC is pushing back on McCain's claims, with sources telling the site that the network is furious about her new "tell-all" memoir that trashes the show.
"We're told there are many points of dissent -- for instance, ABC execs say the notion Meghan left on her own volition is wrong, and ditto for her claim everybody except her was oozing toxicity," said the report. "Our sources tell us Meghan was essentially forced out of her role after an internal investigation into the environment she describes -- which we're told was, in fact, real ... but mostly due to Meghan's behavior on and off camera, not her coworkers' -- other way around."
ABC chief Kim Godwin is said to have done an extensive investigation in which she met with everyone connected to the show, including talent and the staff. Over and over it was indicated that Meghan was the source of the in-fighting. At one point, Godwin had to host an emergency Zoom meeting to deal with the problem.
The fights that ultimately made it to air are documented, but those working with the show tag Meghan as the instigator, more often than not. When she wasn't, her bitterness perpetuated around it, keeping the conflict going.
"As for her departure ... our sources didn't have details on the negotiations behind the exit, but we're told the bottom line is it wasn't simply her decision after hitting a breaking point. The network was ready to move on too," said TMZ.
ABC felt that James Goldston didn't fire McCain earlier because he was terrified of conservative backlash.
Now that she's gone, however, the tone of the show has changed completely, said the report, noting that it can even be seen on air.
A man has been charged in the stabbing of a Conservative lawmaker who was killed as he met constituents at a church hall last week.
"We will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations,'' said Nick Price of the Crown Prosecution Service. "He has also been charged with the preparation of terrorist acts."
The death of Amess, who had served in Parliament for almost 40 years and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015, has shocked Britain, especially its politicians, who pride themselves on being accessible to their constituents . It has prompted conversations at the highest levels about how the country protects its leaders and grapples with extremism at home.
The slaying came five years after Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death by a far-right extremist. Cox was the first British lawmaker to be killed since a peace accord ended large-scale Northern Ireland violence almost 30 years earlier.
Amess, 69, was a social conservative who opposed abortion, campaigned for animal rights and strongly supported Britain's exit from the European Union.
He is expected to fetch up to 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) at the Drouot auction house.
Big John's skeleton is 60 percent complete, and was unearthed in South Dakota, United States in 2014 and put together by specialists in Italy.
He lived during the Upper Cretaceous period, the final era of dinosaurs, and died in a floodplain, buried in mud that kept him very well preserved.
A horn injury near his cranium suggests he got into at least one nasty fight.
It is the latest dinosaur to be sold by the Drouot auction house which, according to its website, handled an allosaurus and a diplodocus each worth 1.4 million euros in 2018.The Drouot auction house has sold several dinosaur skeletons over the past few years Christophe ARCHAMBAULT AFP/File
The price tag means that museums are largely excluded from the purchase.
"We can't compete," said Francis Duranthon, director of the Toulouse Museum of Natural History.
He said 1.5 million euros represented 20 to 25 years of his acquisitions budget.
But auctioneer Alexandre Giquello said there was a good chance it would still be seen by the public.
He told AFP that half of those expressing an interest in Big John had stated their desire to show it in a museum, and it was not clear how the others felt.
Scientists had also been able to analyse the bones before the auction.
The triceratops is among the most distinctive of dinosaurs due to the three horns on its head -- one at the nose and two on the forehead -- that give the dinosaur its Latin name.
Dinosaur sales can be unpredictable, however: in 2020, several specimens offered in Paris did not find takers after minimum prices were not reached.
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