Howard Stern prods ‘The View’ panel about Rosie O’Donnell, on-air feuds with Meghan McCain

Howard Stern knows good drama, and he wasn’t afraid to dive right in on “The View.”

The veteran radio host hit the daytime talk show Thursday to promote his new book, “Howard Stern Comes Again,” and he wasted no time prompting the panel about the feuds that have dominated recent coverage of the ABC talk show.

After expressing his condolences to Meghan McCain for the death of her father, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Stern said she had his sympathy for another reason.

“Listen I feel bad for you, I see you getting yelled at all the time,” he told McCain, the show’s resident conservative.

Turning to her co-host and debate rival Joy Behar,  Stern added, “Give the woman a chance, for God’s sake! You’re chasing her out; she’s in tears. It’s crazy!”

McCain chimed in, telling Behar, “Yeah, be nice. Listen to Howard!”

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McCain wasn’t the only “View” host Stern defended during his segment.

He called former host Rosie O’Donnell, who moderated “The View” from 2006 to 2007 and then again from 2014 to 2015, “one of the best guests I’ve ever had on my show.”

He expressed regret for how he treated the comedian and actress, saying, “It was a miracle she was on my show, because for years, like an (expletive), I attacked Rosie. I didn’t really give her a chance.” 

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Stern also shut down Behar’s attempt to switch the subject to President Donald Trump, who is featured in Stern’s book. 

 “What’s the matter? You don’t want to talk about Rosie?” he asked, inquiring about what led to O’Donnell’s departure. “What happened with Rosie?”

O’Donnell recently expressed regret for comments she made to “Ladies Who Punch” author Ramin Setoodeh about her time on “The View.”

In the book, which documents alleged feuds on ABC’s long-running morning program, O’Donnell revealed that she had “a little bit of a crush” on former colleague Elisabeth Hasselbeck and described working with Whoopi Goldberg as “the worst experience I’ve ever had on live television.”

When Stern brought the latter quote up with Whoopi Goldberg, she refused to engage, saying, “I don’t even think about it.”

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Contributing: Erin Jensen

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