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On Monday, the two co-hosts got heated while discussing the departure of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, with Behar scolding McCain for interrupting her. “Part of your job is to listen to me,” McCain shot back.
The sharp rebuke has prompted critics to slam McCain’s behavior. It’s also inspired a sketch during Saturday’s SNL, which had Kate McKinnon (as Behar) and Aidy Bryant (as McCain) recreating the on-air dust-up.
“Can I just say something as the princess of Arizona?” Bryant, playing McCain, interjects in the sketch, which features host Emma Stone as former View star Jenny McCarthy. “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.”
McKinnon’s Behar then tries to speak, prompting Bryant’s McCain to fire back, “Can you let me talk because it’s actually your job to listen to me!”
While “Behar” seethes, the other women of the panel grab popcorn and pull out their iPhones to start filming as Leslie Jones’s Whoopi Goldberg sprays the co-hosts with water like they’re feuding cats.
Viewers found the “princess of Arizona” jab particularly brutal — and, as it happens, so did McCain herself. Despite telling her followers that she’d be taking a break from social media while the show is on hiatus, the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain couldn’t resist hopping online to praise the “hilarious” sketch.
Behar also approved of the skit — or at least her portrayal by McKinnon after years of being played by male former cast-member Fred Armisen.
Ana Navarro also took being mocked in stride, calling SNL star Melissa Villaseñor a “bad-a** Latina comedian.”