Don’t mess with Barbara Walters. In a train wreck type story, E! Online reports that “Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg both stormed off the set of The View, when a chat with Bill O’Reilly did what chats with Bill O’Reilly tend to do.
Get very heated, very polarizing and very entertaining…in a TV trainwreck kind of way.”
Check out this exchange:
And here’s a play-by-play with what was said:
“Muslims killed us on 9/11!” (O’Reilly)
“Oh my God!” Whoopi responded, above the disapproving (or maybe just shocked?) murmur of the audience. “That is such bullshit!”
“Excuse me, are you saying Muslims didn’t kill us on 9/11,” O’Reilly countered, addressing the audience as much as Whoopi, and ignoring Barbara Walters’ hand-patting calls for civility.
“It doesn’t matter what they are,” Walters said. Though by then, all hell had really and truly broken loose.
After a few more moments of fever-pitch bickering, Behar was first to take a literal stand against the rhetoric.
“I don’t want to sit here,” she said, standing up. “I don’t want to sit here. I don’t. I’m outraged by this statement.”
Whoopi showed her solidarity by joining Behar, and the duo walked off stage, leaving Walters to do her best to pull it all back together. Let’s just say, the mother hen was not impressed.
“I want to say something to all of you. You have just seen what should not happen. We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands, and screaming, and walking off stage. I love my colleagues, but that should not have happened.”
She then schooled O’Reilly, telling him he demeaned an entire religion and demanded—and received—an apology.
A few minutes later, Behar and Goldberg returned to the stage, crediting O’Reilly’s mea culpa with their return.”
Good for Barbara Walters for immediately saying what needed to be said and putting everyone in their place.