Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, returned as a co-host of "The View" Monday after a month away due to her father's death.
"Back in the saddle - thank you to my @theview sisters and the wonderful audience," McCain, 33, tweeted after the show aired. "So happy to return."
From her seat at the panel-discussion show's table, an emotional McCain thanked fellow hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Abby Huntsman and Yvette Nicole Brown, filling in for Joy Behar. She thanked the show and the network "for giving me this time, and I really want to thank all of America for being so kind to my family." McCain called two of her father's friend's, former vice president Joe Biden and former Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman, "uncles to me. … They're the most wonderful men, both of them, and they've really carried me through this."
She told Goldberg tearfully, "My father loved you. He really loved you … You are my family. He loved you and he wanted me to come back here, which is why I'm here."
McCain recalled that when her father was first diagnosed with his terminal cancer, that a supportive Huntsman "was heavily pregnant and she watched me down Jack Daniels after Jack Daniels after Jack Daniels and then I threw up and her sister held my hair back."
Brown, she noted, similarly has been a caregiver to her own father. McCain called the actress "a very, very, very special person and I think you are someone who has such wisdom about taking care of our parents and the role that we have to play as daughters, especially, to our fathers." Hostin, McCain said, had given her refuge in her grief. "When somebody dies you need Sunny around, because this is what she'll do: She'll text you and say you need to hide out at my house … and I will give you lavender honey and you can hang out with my chickens."
She added, "None of us agree at this table on very much when it comes to politics and the world, but we're all sisters here for each other and this is what America should be."
McCain had been absent from "The View" since the season-22 premiere on Sept. 4.