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During an episode of The View this week, a conversation was had by the hosts about the differences between their more than 20-year-old talk show, and the similar talk shows that have popped up over the last eight years. While they didn’t name names, the assumption was that they were referring to shows like The Talk and The Real. 

Whoopi started the conversation by talking about how people perceive their show, compared to others out there, and she asked, “But there isn’t another show like ours, is there?”

“Well they copy us,” replied Joy Behar. “There are a couple out there that copy us, because we started. But they don’t do politics.”

From there, Meghan McCain gave her two cents, agreeing with Behar by saying that what sets them apart is that they’re having the tough conversations she believes many Americans are having right now.

“We also get to talk about real issues and debate like Americans do, and women getting to do that on television is something that’s very rare,” she said. “And we don’t shy away from hard things on this show.”

These comments from the co-hosts comes just days after The Real won its very first Daytime Emmy for Best Entertainment Talk Show Host, and after The Talk was awarded for Best Entertainment Talk Show, with both beating out The View. 

Feeling the shade, The Real‘s Loni Love responded to the comments of the hosts on her Instagram. She made it clear that she has love for The View, while also emphatically stating that even though they talk to all of the politicians, the women of The Real talk about things that are impacting women of color. As she put it, “we talk to the people!!!”

“Still love The View and all the other shows that empower women.. that is why when we accepted The Emmy I made sure to thank the nominated shows,” she said. “Whoopi even sent a basket congratulating The Real… if anyone watched The Real this week you saw us discuss Mute R Kelly, Bill Cosby , and the Kanye interview.. The Real has fourth of the budget that The View has but we continue to highlight women with the hot line bling calls and give exposure to things that effect women of color. They can keep talking to politicians but we talk to the people!!!”

While they may be nominated in the same categories, all three shows are very different. The View is well known for the platform it provides to political figures and the controversial opinions of the hosts. The Talk seems to cover all of the headlines through colorful conversation. And The Real is obviously for a younger audience, particularly women of color. Not only do they covers stories that make headlines, but the hosts debates topics that everyday women relate to while sharing the realities of their own lives behind the scenes. Whoever started it and says they’re doing it best, and whether you like one or hate the other two, all the shows to be celebrated, because it’s about time we have some variety in the women represented on our TV screens. There’s room for all.

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