This weekend, Saturday Night Live targeted The View and lampooned members of the panel through their usual spot-on impersonations.
The sketch wasted no time diving right in with Whoopi Goldberg (played by Leslie Jones) kicking off the segment and admitted something viewers have often wondered. “I’m as surprised as you that this show is a fit for me,” she said.
The first topic was about Donald Trump suggesting that dumping illegal immigrants into sanctuary cities was reflective of new policies after Kirstjen Nielsen’s ouster from the White House. Jones turned over to Cecily Strong’s Abby Huntsman for her thoughts.
A surprised Huntsman responded, “You want to start with me?” and expressed her disapproval of the departed Homeland Security Secretary formerly known for putting kids in cages. “As a human-mother, I don’t like that.”
“As a conservative daughter…why are we ignoring the ‘J’ in Kirstjen’s name?”
But the conversation kicked into high gear when Aidy Bryant’s Meghan McCain engaged in a spat with Kate McKinnon’s Joy Behar, mirroring an actual recent spat by their real life counterparts.
You can watch the full clip of SNL‘s sketch in the YouTube clip, below.
McCain asked if she could add to something to the conversation after identifying herself as the “princess of Arizona.”
“There is a crisis at the border, and the border is right up in my Arizona, which was founded on sunburnt women selling turquoise jewelry, not rando Mexicans. And that’s not racist because my makeup artist is gay.”
When Behar interrupted, McCain put shut that down, right quick.
“Can you let me talk because it’s actually your job to listen to me!”
Goldberg diffused the situation with a water spritzer and a dose of reality.
“OK, stop it. We’re not going to do this. This is ‘The View.’ We’re five best friends with nothing in common.”
Recognizing the parody for what it was, the real Meghan McCain broke her Twitter sobriety and admitted the sketch was “hilarious.”
“I’m not supposed to be on twitter because of hiatus BUT this sketch is hilarious, and being parodied by @SNL is a huge pop cultural honor. – Signed, your old intern and ‘the princess of Arizona.'”
I’m not supposed to be on twitter because of hiatus BUT this sketch is hilarious, and being parodied by @SNL is a huge pop cultural honor. – Signed, your old intern and “the princess of Arizona” ???????? https://t.co/HUtON4Xi3V
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 14, 2019
People responded well to McCain’s handling of SNL mocking of her show.
Hey @realDonaldTrump, this ????????is the appropriate response to being parodied on SNL.
— Sarah Wood (@sarahwoodwriter) April 14, 2019
And THAT’S the way you react to SNL! ????????????????????????so glad you’re not going to sue them ????
— Robin (@Ivorybird313) April 14, 2019
Meghan McCain is a good sport. Her father also had a great sense of humor.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) April 14, 2019
Best sketch of the night – laughed so hard. And the spray bottle – Whoopi should bring one when you're back on the air.
— Patricia Adams (@clover0310) April 14, 2019
Even faithful viewers of the morning talk show delighted in the humor.
Laugh out loud funny by a daily viewer of The View!
— Sue Perakis (@SuePerakis) April 14, 2019
It really was funny. Good lord, I love Addy Bryant. Also, Leslie as Whoopi with the spray bottle was inspired! LOL
— Joyce (@phobe1229) April 14, 2019
The sketch was a hit and people praised McCain for being a good sport.
This was extremely well done and had me dying! Thanks for having a sense of humor Meghan! Two things, you totally need to start calling yourself the Princess of Arizona and Whoopi never says the "T" word! ????
— Irish Pride (@IrishPride1916) April 14, 2019
It was hysterical and it just goes to show how you can be a bigger person & laugh, unlike the current resident in the WH.
— LeeAnn (@Fridaygirl1969) April 14, 2019
I must admit, it was the funniest skit in a while.
So glad you have a great sense of humour.
— Janis ???????? ????????????️???? (@janismullan) April 14, 2019
Being able to take this as it is, a parody. This and many other reasons is why you have my respect.
— Jaime (@JaimeMino) April 14, 2019
Thank god there still people who can laugh at themselves!
— Kelly (@kelbelnj) April 14, 2019
Comedy is the highest form of flattery, and the “princess of Arizona” gets it. You can get a sense of someone based on their reactions to an SNL parody. Some people laugh; others threaten to sue.