On Tuesday, the co-hosts of The View discussed Tucker Carlson’s latest debacle: the firing of one of his writers, Blake Neff, over racist posts he made, and whether the host should be taken off-air.
Last night on his Fox News show, Carlson called those posts “wrong” but also took aim at what he saw to be the effects of cancel culture, saying, “We should also point out to the ghouls now beating their chests in triumph at the destruction of a young man, that self-righteousness also has its costs.”
On The View, Meghan McCain weighed in on the cancel culture debate and defended Carlson.
“I am against cancel culture,” said McCain. “And I think one of the reasons why I am always a proponent of Tucker Carlson’s is because I believe in diversity of opinion.”
McCain went on to say she agreed with the firing, calling the posts “abhorrent,” but thought Carlson was not to blame, even though he’d read on-air what Neff had written in his teleprompter (in a recent interview, Neff said “the first draft was written by me”).
“I don’t hold him accountable for his writer’s actions in the same way that I don’t hold any person accountable for someone they’re attached to’s actions,” said McCain. She then addressed her co-hosts, saying, “Your criticism of his writer has turned into a criticism of him.”
The discussion then launched into a broader debate over cancel culture, and if Carlson should be taken off the air. A frustrated Whoopi Goldberg interrupted the rising cross-talk saying, “Let me just answer. Do I think he should get pulled off the air? No I don’t,” she said. “Because in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.”
Sunny Hostin also pushed for accountability instead of cancellation, noting that Carlson’s past behavior has already cost him advertisers.
“Tucker Carlson in many ways has been held accountable for his actions,” Hostin said. “Because he’s lost many advertisers, including Disney, when he started talking about white supremacy being a hoax.”
Hostin was referring to comments Carlson made in 2019.
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