Meghan McCain learned the hard way that if you try to sass Whoopi Goldberg, she's going to put you in your place.
As a mother and grandmother, Goldberg has experience dealing with tantrums.
During a particularly tense segment on Tuesday's episode of The View, things were getting heated as the co-hosts discussed national security—particularly Fox News pundits' questioning of the patriotism of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert for the National Security Council who is set to testify in the impeachment inquiry.
As things heated up and the co-hosts all started to speak over each other, Goldberg, the show's moderator, stepped in to try to bring back some semblance of organization to the chaos.
"Ok, everybody, just take a breath."
But before she could get a chance to reset the debate, McCain was already talking over her, which Goldberg took issue with.
"Hold on, let me just finish what I'm saying so that I can just say: Everybody has something to say at the table. We really do want to hear from everybody, but we're starting to do that thing."
Goldberg made a clashing motion with her hands.
McCain coyly responded:
"I don't know what that means, this thing."
Goldberg bluntly replied, giving McCain a withering look:
"It means you're talking over each other."
After a tense moment of silence, McCain quipped:
"Well, it's 'The View'."
But Goldberg was having none of it.
"It is 'The View,'" Goldberg agreed, before adding:
"You know what, let me tell you something about 'The View.' This show has always had the ability to have different points of view, which we respect around the table."
"And when we talk to each other we also exhibit respect. So when I'm saying to you 'hold up because we're not hearing each other,' I'm not trying to cut you off."
"I'm trying to get you HEARD."
But when McCain once again began to interject and talk over her, Goldberg was officially over it.
"We'll be back," she said to the camera, cutting to commercial before McCain could argue any further.
The smackdown didn't go unnoticed on Twitter.
Whoopi said “cut the cameras” 😂😂 #theview https://t.co/AlSeJt0fWm— ً (@ً)1572363400.0
@illustjuan Megan is the perfect example of a co-worker that constantly pushes you. If and when you snap they will… https://t.co/rNNOLcCaGG— Michael Sunshine Vallery (@Michael Sunshine Vallery)1572364211.0
@illustjuan When a black person starts with, “Let me tell you something...” you’ve officially reached the point of… https://t.co/lJzg41vqlb— 𝙲. 🪐 (@𝙲. 🪐)1572380291.0
@illustjuan @deray Whoopi wanted to jump across that table https://t.co/4hytKbs2eu— Petty Pablo (@Petty Pablo)1572380209.0
Whoopi is not to be trifled with.
@illustjuan Whoopi said https://t.co/UQ6Hp9MC0W— Jamie Jones (@Jamie Jones)1572375002.0
@illustjuan @JordanPfot https://t.co/hRZlQwRUOo— Paida Mangondo (@Paida Mangondo)1572382041.0
@illustjuan Whoopi to Megan after they cut to commercial: https://t.co/KVjLAXUM1m— Sara Samora (@Sara Samora)1572368555.0
@illustjuan Whoopi Goldberg has been on the View since 2007. @MeghanMcCain since 2017. 10 YEARS more plus an esteem… https://t.co/QZ4CD2Tnk3— Heather Fink (@Heather Fink)1572392977.0
Whew, y’all are dragging Meg with these replies https://t.co/nsmEKm997k— ً (@ً)1572375855.0
Hopefully McCain learned a valuable lesson:
Don't come for Whoopi, or she'll put you in your place.
Before she became a talk show staple, Goldberg had several award winning comedy specials including a stint on Broadway. But it is her performance in The Color Purple, available here, that garnered Goldberg accolades for her acting prowess.