Levi Johnston looked like he was about to cry as he endured a withering interrogation by the ladies of ‘The View‘ Monday morning.
Johnston, the 20-year-old Alaskan, who’s best known as the publicity seeking father of Bristol Palin’s baby, was raked over the coals by Barbara Walters and company on the daytime talk show. The segment aired just a few minutes after the co-hosts discussed last Thursday’s dramatic walkout by Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg during an appearance by Bill O’Reilly.
In introducing the inexperienced Johnston, Walters made it plain she doesn’t think much of him. “You and I have not met,” Barbara said, seemingly through clenched teeth. “I have to say that in my own mind, I have walked out on you many times,” Walters scolded. “You became famous for impregnating a 17-year-old girl, you’re 20 years old, you don’t have a high school diploma yet, you don’t have a trade, now you’re running for mayor [of Wasilla, Alaska, pop: 10,000]. Would it not be better for you, instead of just seeking publicity, to learn a trade, to find a job, to get an education, and to support your son?”
Visibly stunned by this dubious welcome, Johnston lamely attempted to distribute a yellow rose to each of the five women, who rejected the flowers and demanded he answer Barbara.
“I’m gonna have to say running for mayor is a job, that is a job I want to take,” Johnston stammered, while the co-hosts hammered him with questions.
“What are your qualifications?”
“Qualifications for mayor? There really are none,” he answered defensively. “You gotta live in the city limits for one year, you don’t need a high school diploma, which I’m working on anyway.”
“You have people who have serious problems [in Wasilla],” said Sherri Shepherd. “Do you really think you’re giving the people of Wasilla any kind of respect by honestly saying you’re gonna run for mayor? Do you think you’re hurting the people of Wasilla?”
“I don’t see how I’m hurting them any more than the next guy,” Johnston said.
Watch Joy and Whoopi walk out on Bill O’Reilly:
Whoopi Goldberg asked him to outline his platform, to which Johnston replied, “At this point, I couldn’t tell ya.”
With that, it was Shepherd’s turn to take him to task. “Usually when people say they’re running for mayor they’ve thought about it before they actually run,” she scoffed.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked him to comment on Bristol’s performance so far on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ “Are you watching her tonight when she dances?” Hasselbeck inquired.
“I’ve seen her one time … I wish her the best of luck,” he said politely.
“How often do you see your son?” fired Walters.
“When I’m in Alaska and [Bristol is also] there, yeah, I have him,” Levi said, looking like he was about to tear up.
In their zeal to grill Johnston, the ladies’ questions overlapped. “What’s motivating you [to run for office]?” asked Joy, while Sherri demanded to know what party he was representing (“Conservative,” he answered).
When the segment was over, Walters thanked him for being a good sport. Earlier in the interview, Johnston declared that he doesn’t regret anything he’s done in his life (in answer to a question from Joy about why he posed nude in Playgirl). By the end of his segment, he may have been moved to amend that statement to say he regrets coming on ‘The View.’ But if he did regret it, he didn’t say so.
Did you see Levi Johnston on ‘The View’? What did you think of the ladies’ harsh questioning?