After his rocky appearance on The View, CNN host Van Jones reportedly felt ‘completely blindsided’ by the ladies. “He felt like they were rude,” a TV insider dished. “He was not happy about how the interview went,” going as far as to call it “unprofessional.”
Jones appeared on the ABC daytime talker to chat about his documentary, Reunited America, in which he collaborated with The View co-host Meghan McCain on. “[Van] expected a friendly environment,” the insider said, adding that “I don’t think Meghan even knew there was anything controversial about him.”
.@VanJones68 discusses teaming up with our own @MeghanMcCain for their new documentary @the_reunited, telling us “it’s an attempt to show people who are coming from very different places actually interacting with each other.” https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/Lp5nETDoYx— The View (@TheView) February 5, 2021
The interview started off fairly normal, then co-host Sunny Hostin took a jab at Jones for his controversial defense of former President Donald Trump in the past. “It was how they asked the questions that was off-putting. It was shocking how intolerant they were,” the source added.
As OK! previously reported, Hostin didn’t hold back when talking to Jones and confronted him about his hypocritical views while promoting a film about uniting America. “Now, Van you do spend a lot of time threatening the middle and trying to unite people, but there are those that really accuse you of being the political opportunist — chameleon, so to speak — who provided racial cover for former, disgraced, twice-impeached President Trump,” Hostin began.
“You said this, ‘Donald Trump, and I get beat up by liberals every time I say this, but I am going to keep saying it has done good stuff for the Black community, opportunity zone stuff, Black college stuff, there’s a side to Donald Trump that I think he does not get enough credit for,'" the outspoken host continued, adding: “Yet, just recently you cried on CNN when Joe Biden was elected the 46th President, and you said it’s easier to be a parent now, truth matters. You even mentioned George Floyd and even mentioned that a lot of people couldn’t breathe. People in the Black community don’t trust you anymore. What is your response?”
“Well, I don’t think that’s true,” Jones shot back. “People may not like everything I’ve said on television and I try to be balanced. But look at what I have done. Who among my critics have been able to get people together to help folks at the bottom? When we fight like this about everything and you can’t give anybody even a little bit of credit for anything, who it hurts is not the politicians, it’s not the pundits, it’s regular folks who don't have anything.”
Ultimately, Jones said he was “never going to apologize for putting the interest of people at the bottom first.”
After his controversial interview, the TV insider added that Jones was livid and confronted the producers, telling them “I didn’t expect to be ambushed.”
Page Six was the first to report that Jones felt 'blindsided' on The View.