The View is being accused of showing favoritism to embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo — who has recently been accused of shocking sexual harassment claims by several women — after Meghan McCain’s Fox News meteorologist pal Janice Dean wasn't booked to talk about the New York governor's nursing home scandal.
“The View was slow to cover Cuomo. They’re notoriously slow when it comes to any scandal involving Democrats. It’s hard to get it on-air. Cuomo is a New York guy. It’s a New York show, and he has a lot of friends. Whoopi [Goldberg] hosted a fundraiser for him,” an insider told Page Six. Even though the 50-year-old is friends with McCain, sources told the outlet that The View won't have Dean on the show.
Dean — who led the charge against Cuomo's nursing home scandal after her husband's parents died of COVID-19 in a nursing home — took to Twitter to slam the hosts, besides McCain, and call them out for bashing other governors while going easy on Cuomo.
“My publicist asked [The View] several times if I could come on (to promote my book) but also as someone that could talk about [Gov. Cuomo] and what I’ve been doing for 10 months to raise awareness and accountability for my husband’s parents’ deaths. Guess what they said?" Dean tweeted on Tuesday, March 16, referencing her new book, Make Your Own Sunshine: Inspiring Stories of People Who Find Light in Dark Times.
My publicist asked the @TheView several times if I could come on (to promote my book) but also as someone that could talk about @NYGovCuomo and what I've been doing for 10 months to raise awareness and accountability for my husband's parents' deaths. Guess what they said?— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) March 16, 2021
But Dean didn't stop there, as she then called out Sunny Hostin for slamming "other governors (calling the governor of Florida 'Death-santis') instead of calling out Cuomo for ordering over 9,000 COVID patients into nursing homes, covering up their deaths and oh, sexually harassing at least 7 women."
And yet @sunny can go on every day and bash other governors (calling the governor of Florida "Death-santis) instead of calling out Cuomo for ordering over 9,000 COVID patients into nursing homes, covering up their deaths and oh, sexually harassing at least 7 women.— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) March 16, 2021
The meteorologist even mentioned her pal in one of her many tweets, saying that McCain has "been trying to shout for months about Cuomo, but when you have all the other women drowning her out and saying NO to her good friend who has been screaming for 10 months, it’s kinda telling where their loyalties are."
Dean further explained that she "would not have mentioned this, but seeing" Joy Behar and Hostin "saying they'd basically rather have criminal" Cuomo than a "Republican governor in office makes me sick."
To conclude her Twitter rant, Dean wrote: "People ask why I would want to go on that show? Because if even one of their viewers realizes @NYGovCuomo could be responsible for the thousands of lives we lost thanks to his deadly mandate, the criminal coverup and honor my husbands parents, then it’s worth it."
People ask why I would want to go on that show? Because if even one of their viewers realizes @NYGovCuomo could be responsible for the thousands of lives we lost thanks to his deadly mandate, the criminal coverup and honor my husbands parents, then it’s worth it.— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) March 16, 2021
And while Dean insisted that McCain has been shaming Cuomo for months, another source said: "I don’t know if Meghan has been shouting for months. She only just came back from maternity leave in January."
According to the source, The View is "trying to book several of his accusers to appear on the show," as they have been covering the controversy for months.
"I would’ve never spoken out about not being invited back on the show, but seeing how the hosts — with exception to Meghan McCain — continue to downplay all the deaths in New York nursing homes and the other scandals surrounding Governor Cuomo made me furious," Dean told Fox News of her fury over The View dissing her.
As OK! previously reported, Cuomo has been involved in several scandals in recent months.
He is currently taking the heat for how he dealt with COVID-19 when it came to nursing homes. He has since apologized for his "mistake" in how his administration handled the reporting of deaths in New York nursing homes — critics claimed that the way his administration separated the death toll into two different categories obscured the true death toll for months.
Cuomo made his apology statement last month after the state was forced to acknowledge that they excluded thousands of residents who died after they were taken to the hospital.
And as growing allegations of sexual misconduct mount against him, more than 55 Democratic members of the New York State Assembly are demanding that Cuomo resigns, stating they no longer trust in his ability to govern. However, the Governor confirmed he would not be stepping down on Wednesday, March 3.
In his statement, Cuomo apologized to the women for any offense taken and said he was "embarrassed" by his actions — but claimed he never touched "anyone inappropriately."