“The View” hosts stress 'it's all fiction' as John Grisham says he considered writing more Supreme Court assassinations

“The View” hosts stress 'it's all fiction' as John Grisham says he considered writing more Supreme Court assassinations

"The court has never looked this bad," Grisham said on "The View," after noting that he "thought about" writing more Supreme Court deaths after "Pelican Brief."

Writer John Grisham prompted a swift clarification from The View cohosts when he suggested that the current state of the Supreme Court made him consider writing another book about the assassination of justices following The Pelican Brief.

The 69-year-old author appeared Wednesday on the talk show to promote his new book Camino Ghosts, which features View moderator Whoopi Goldberg as narrator of its audio edition. As the interview shifted to current affairs, Grisham said that he's "not really noted for accuracy" when it comes to reflecting real life, though panelist Joy Behar said she felt his work is "art imitating life" before asking him about upcoming projects.

<p>ABC</p> 'The View' ladies interview John Grisham


'The View' ladies interview John Grisham

"Life right now in the courtroom is getting a little scary. Let's take the Supreme Court right now. A lot of people have issues with them," the 81-year-old said. "Do you have any thoughts on that? Or maybe writing a book or making a movie out of that?"

Grisham reminded her of "a great book called The Pelican Brief, in which two Supreme Court justices were assassinated," before telling her that he's "thought about doing it again."

The show's studio audience laughed after Grisham's comment, though his words elicited a quick point of clarification from the cohosts.

"Writing part two. He's talking about writing part two," Goldberg said, turning to the crowd.

"It's all fiction," Grisham added. "It's all fiction," Sunny Hostin observed. "It's all fiction," Goldberg repeated.

"It's just fiction," Behar, too, stressed. "It's made-up stories!"

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Still, Grisham continued, saying that “the court has never looked this bad, in my lifetime," citing "the rulings" and "the ethical challenges" as the basis for his assessment.

"It went downhill in 2000, when five Republicans on the court chose to elect the president. That was the most political," he said.

Entertainment Weekly has reached out to representatives for Grisham for comment.

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Grisham appeared at the end of an episode led by an interview with First Lady Jill Biden. In the year leading up to the November election, The View has welcomed several high-profile political guests on both sides of the aisle. In January, Vice President Kamala Harris appeared at the Hot Topics table to warn that "we should all be scared" of a potential second-term Trump presidency, months after Hillary Clinton issued a similar word of caution to viewers as she sat for an interview with the cohosts.

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

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