Whoopi Goldberg walked off ‘The View’ last month when Bill O’Reilly offended her, but when it came time to promote her new book, she managed to remain in her seat through two whole segments on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ Monday night.
Though the two continue to disagree widely on the nature of global terrorism and who’s responsible for it, O’Reilly’s conversation with Whoopi on the ‘Factor’ for the most part proceeded civilly, except when Whoopi scolded Bill for addressing her as “Ms. Goldberg” when she prefers to be called “Whoopi.” She even used the b-word (“bull—-“) in complaining about O’Reilly’s formality – the very word she used on ‘The View’ just before she walked off after taking offense when O’Reilly said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”
The infamous dust-up on ‘The View’ was Topic One for O’Reilly when he came face to face with Ms. Goldberg on his show for the first time since his guest shot on ‘The View.’ He sought to clarify why she became so upset that day. Whoopi indicated that the whole misunderstanding came down to semantics. “The phraseology that you use when you say ‘Muslims killed us’ – that implies, when you make it a blanket statement like that, that Muhammad Ali was one of those . . .”
To which O’Reilly responded incredulously: “Do you really think that I think Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul Jabbar were involved [in the 9/11 terrorist attacks]?”
“I don’t worry about so much what you think,” Whoopi said.
“That anybody thinks that?” O’Reilly countered.
“Yes, I do,” Whoopi answered.
Though she struggled at times to make her point-of-view understood, it became clear after a while that Whoopi’s problem with O’Reilly’s “phraseology” lies in the dangers she sees in painting all members of ethnic or religious groups with the same brush, even if that was never O’Reilly’s intention when he talked about Muslims on ‘The View,’ as he contended Monday.
“It’s like saying, ‘Whenever I see black men coming down the street, I’m scared’,” Whoopi said.
“Do you have a problem in history, when you were taught about World War II, that ‘Japanese attacked us’?” O’Reilly asked her.
“I have a problem with that,” she said. “The Japanese army attacked us.”
“Terrorists come from everywhere,” Whoopi said, “They’re white people . . .”
“No, predominantly they are Muslims,” O’Reilly interjected.
“Right now, everybody can say the Muslims are the terrorists,” she said. “Two years ago, it was the white people that were the terrorists [a reference apparently to the Oklahoma City bombing, though she was off by 13 years; that bombing took place on April 19, 1995].”
After a commercial break, O’Reilly and Goldberg devoted the second portion of their conversation to Whoopi’s new book, titled “Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There?”
Watch Goldberg And Behar’s ‘View’ Walk-Off Below:
Well, what do you think? IS it her? Or is it the rest of the world that’s nuts?