Meghan McCain joins 'The View' as new co-host

ABC’s “The View” has a new co-host: Meghan McCain.

McCain, the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain, joins Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines and Paula Faris for season 21.

She nabbed a seat at the table after the sudden departure of Jedediah Bila, the show’s lone conservative panelist, last month.

“I’m really excited,” she said today, recognizing that she was taking “this chair that Elisabeth Hasselbeck made so great.”

McCain, 32, said her father, who is batting a brain tumor, was the first person she told about the gig. She said she shared the news with him in the hospital.

“I said, ‘What do you think of this?’ And he said, ‘Are you kidding? You have to do this,'” she recalled. “[My parents] are endlessly proud and excited.”

In fact, Sen. McCain tweeted Monday in support of his daughter’s first day on “The View.”

“Watching @MeghanMcCain’s first day on @TheView @ABC – we are very proud!” he wrote.

The younger McCain then gave an update on her father’s health, saying he’s been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

“When you hear cancer, a nuclear explosion goes off in your life no matter who you are,” she said. “I didn’t realize…how intense and disruptive and scary and hopeless and chaotic you feel all day long.”

McCain also called the “doctors and nurses and cancer researchers…the real heroes in my life.”

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