As the Republican cohost of “The View” on ABC, Alyssa Farah Griffin was speaking about women going after and attacking other women just as her cohost, Ana Navarro bulldozed in to interrupt her and throw out a snide comment about Kellyanne Conway, a former adviser to the White House, directly in the wake of Griffin’s point.
Griffin issued the statements as part of the broadcast that went out on Monday for the popular talk show — which with the exception of the odd guest is entirely hosted by women — and she made the argument that women still have quite a bit of room for improvement in regard to standing up and supporting one another and watching each other’s backs.
Unfortunately, she walks it back a bit a short time later.
"Women support women more than they don't, but I think it's worth acknowledging when we're hard on each other," she says.
She also thanks Whoopi for mentoring the rest of the cast. pic.twitter.com/NBMpVP9m5i
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Griffin started off by stating that she appreciated just how far society had kicked moved forward in calling out various male behaviors which were — in her own words — “unhelpful.” Meanwhile, she noted that women had also taken strides to go a long way in regard to just how supportive they were of each other, she continued to state that she was entirely certain that there could be room for improvement.
“I think that women have made a ton of progress, but we can also be each other’s worst enemies,” stated Griffin. “It’s still the case and I hate to say it. Some of the worst bosses I’ve had have been women, and sometimes colleagues in the workplace who are women, and I always think of the Madeleine Albright quote, —”
“Well, that’s what happens when you work with Kellyanne Conway,” cut in Navarro.
“Well, I can’t really get a word in without you attacking me,” fired back Griffin. “So I wouldn’t say this is a totally different —”
“I haven’t attacked you,” Navarro cut in once again.
“— this isn’t like a totally different environment of women supporting each other. But Madeleine Albright always said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help and support other women.’ That’s something I try to live by. I think that we have a duty to kind of give that back especially for the women who come after us,” finalized Griffin.
Additionally, Griffin was not the only one to spotlight the heavily toxic environment created by the ABC show. Candace Cameron Bure, a former cohost, spoke out about her time on “The View” and stated that there had been times when, as the only one with conservative views in the group, she felt as though she was just a “punching bag.”
“When I felt like I was going into a show that I didn’t have a clear opinion about or it was something that I was legitimately nervous to talk about because I did have an opinion about it but I knew I was the only one at the table that had my opinion, I would just get sick to my stomach. I hated that feeling. And then I’m like, ‘I don’t know who’s going to come at me,'” she explained, adding that she had finally chosen to leave because she “did not want to be the punching bag for the next four years in that conservative seat.”