Van Jones Reportedly Felt ‘Ambushed’ & Confronted ‘The View’ Producers After Heated Dispute With Co-Hosts
Van Jones became a trending topic on Twitter after The View co-hosts confronted him during a recent appearance.
As previously reported, Sunny Hostin called out Van Jones for his statements about now former President Donald Trump, stating that the political analyst is no longer trusted in the black community.
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Ana Navarro and Joy Behar also called him out on the show.
.@VanJones68 tells @ananavarro he is “proud to have worked on the First Step Act” with the Trump administration: “I was willing to go in there, and I will do it with every president to get people home from prison — and I continue to critique Donald Trump.” https://t.co/f8u2wbJuik pic.twitter.com/PuevuC0FyM
— The View (@TheView) February 5, 2021
An insider now tells Page Six,
“He felt like they were rude, and he was completely blindsided by how they questioned him. He was not happy about how the interview went. It was unprofessional.”
“[Van] expected a friendly environment, and I don’t think Meghan even knew there was anything controversial about him. It was how they asked the questions that was off-putting. It was shocking how intolerant they were.”
Another source said he confronted producers over the dynamic.
“He told them, ‘I didn’t expect to be ambushed.'”
A separate insider also said,
“Producers told him they would question him about his flip-flopping. Sunny and Ana, like many other influential voices, gave Van the chance to not only address his conflicting political positions but also his cozy relationship with [Trump].”
“It’s unfortunate that instead of addressing the very real distrust of him within the black community, Van chooses to attack two women of color via social media, hiding behind the guise of ‘unity,’” they continued. “Van is taking a page from Donald Trump’s playbook, whom he called the ‘uniter-in-chief’ in 2018. His exposure as a persona non grata in the black community is clearly jeopardizing his grift.”
A rep for the daytime talk show said Van Jones never took issue with the questioning behind the scenes.
“This is nonsense. None of the producers heard from Van after his appearance. He more than held his own, and clearly you have to be ready for anything when you come to ‘The View.'”
Van Jones, who appeared on the show to promote a film The Reunited States, a project he produced with The View co-host Meghan McCain, previously tweeted about his appearance and wrote:
“I was there to promote a film … about people listening across the lines of difference. Ironically, the need for the film was made more apparent by some of the co-hosts. There was a lot of buzz yesterday about my appearance on The View. One of the things I pointed out was how things I say get taken out of context and sensationalized. Social media proved my point yesterday. Here’s what I actually said, in case you didn’t have the chance to hear:”