'The View' Stars Joy Behar and Meghan McCain Got Heated Over the College Admissions Scandal

The two co-hosts really went at it at the end of Wednesday's segment.

  • The View discussed the college admissions cheating scam involving 50 wealthy parents on Wednesday's show.
  • Among the wealthy parents caught were actress Lori Loughlin and her husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.
  • During the discussion, Meghan McCain called out Lori Loughlin's husband for dissing Arizona State University because of her family's ties to the school.
  • Later on, Joy Behar and Meghan got into it discussing the policy behind legacy admissions.

    Not surprisingly, the nationwide college cheating scandal was one of the Hot Topics on The View Wednesday morning. Also not surprisingly, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain didn't see eye-to-eye during the discussion.

    The segment kicked off with Joy claiming that she wasn't at all shocked with reports that 50 wealthy people paid bribes of up to $6.5 million to get their kids into elite colleges. Abby Huntsman agreed, and said she was "thrilled that a spotlight was being put on it." Ana Navarro-Cárdenas and Sunny Hostin said they were very angry with the whole thing, with Sunny going as far as to call those involved "mediocre" for "gaming a system that disproportionately advantages you anyway."

    Then, Meghan McCain called out "Aunt Becky's husband."

    When it was Meghan's time to talk, she took the opportunity to call out Full House actress Lori Loughlin's husband, also known as fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. According to reports, court documents revealed that Lori and her husband "agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters [Olivia Jade, 20, and Isabella Rose, 19] get into the University of Southern California as fake rowing-team recruits."

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    Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli in 2008.
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    In one of the e-mails from Mossimo included in the court documents, he reportedly made it clear that he didn't want his daughter attending Arizona State University. Naturally, this didn't sit well with Meghan, as the McCain Institute for International Leadership partners with ASU.

    "I'm very proud to have my family's name attached to ASU," Meghan said on the show. "It's an incredible, incredible, incredible college and Aunt Becky's husband, whoever the hell you are, I had no idea who you were until yesterday, sorry. Your kid probably wouldn't have been good enough to have even gotten into ASU, okay?"

    Later on, Meghan and Joy got into their own separate debate.

    After Meghan got that off her chest, Joy began talking about collegiate legacy status — meaning, your chances of getting into a particular school are better if you have a relative who went there before you. Joy pointed out, which critics have long noted, that legacy admissions are not at all fair.

    "It started in the twenties to keep out upperly mobile immigrants, who had started pushing for admission to elite schools," Joy read off her cue card. "Why should your kid get in because you got in?"

    That comment didn't go over well with Meghan, "who has family that goes back generations at the Naval Academy," including her late father and Republican senator John McCain. When Meghan said she thinks military academies should be excused from this criticism, Joy pushed back and, again, wondered why they should be let in if they "didn't have the grades."

    This prompted Meghan to say that her relatives did have the grades and declare that she "wasn't ashamed of the fact that her family's legacy" is at the Naval Academy. Joy snapped back that she wasn't talking about Meghan's family, but instead pointing out the problem with the policy. Meghan, unmoved by Joy's response, then repeated that she was "very proud of her family's legacy."

    By the end of the segment, Meghan and Joy still didn't appear to be on the same page. But, regardless, everyone did agreed that the parents involved definitely deserved to go to be jail. And with that, Joy cut to commercial.

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