‘View’ Hosts Open Up About O’Reilly Mess, Deny Ratings Stunt

by | October 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM | Daytime TV, The View, TV News

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar discuss their recent walk-out on ABC's 'The View' Oct. 18

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar discuss their recent walk-out on ABC's 'The View' Oct. 18

The ladies of ‘The View’ revealed Monday that they are anything but unified on the subject of Bill O’Reilly and the spat that erupted last Thursday over remarks he made about Muslims.

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Since last Friday’s show was pretaped, Monday’s ‘The View’ was the first time the five co-hosts got together to offer a post-mortem on the news-making melee that found Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stalking off the set when they became furious at what they perceived as O’Reilly blaming “all” Muslims for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

On Monday, Joy and Whoopi defiantly defended their actions, even as their co-host and boss, Barbara Walters, admonished them for walking off the stage.

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Joy self-righteously explained that she deserted her co-hosts in the middle of Thursday’s live broadcast because she felt she had a responsibility to “stand up” to bigotry. “On this show, we always speak about standing up to bigotry, so I stood up,” Behar said, refusing to even acknowledge that leaving a live broadcast that way came across as unprofessional at best or, at worst, just plain intolerant of the views of others.

And Goldberg’s explanation? “I hit my saturation point,” she said. “I’m not the greatest person in the world, I don’t walk on water. But I’d had enough and as soon as I said the ‘b’ word ["bulls--t"], I knew to get up and leave because I knew what was coming next – I was gonna cuss him out. So I was done.”

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Like Behar, Goldberg didn’t address the question of broadcasting professionalism. But Walters raised the issue in her own remarks Monday. She made the point that while guests have been known to stalk off talk shows occasionally, broadcasters don’t suddenly get up and abandon the proceedings. “You don’t walk out of your own home,” Walters said softly but sternly. “[O’Reilly] was someone we invited.”

Both Behar and co-host Sherri Shepherd insisted that Thursday’s blowup was not pre-planned in order to draw attention to ‘The View’ practically on the eve of the premiere of a new, all-female daytime talker – ‘The Talk’ on CBS – this Monday afternoon.

A lot of people think that it was staged and it was not staged,” Sherri Shepherd said.

So, who’s right here? Barbara – in her insistence that her co-hosts adopt certain codes of behavior while on the air? Or do you agree with Joy and Whoopi for, in Joy’s words, standing up to perceived bigotry?