O’Reilly causes Goldberg, Behar to walk off The View

by Derrick Johnson on October 15, 2010

Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg caused a stir yesterday morning when the two hosts stormed off the set of The View during a heated debate with guest Bill O’Reilly about the mosque near Ground Zero.

Amid a heated discussion wherein O’Reilly stated clear his opposition to the mosque, he declared “muslims killed us on 9/11” to which Behar and Goldberg loudly protested, then walked off the set in frustration.

The View’s main host and creator, Barbara Walters, immediately voiced her disapproval for her colleague’s departure. “We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking offstage,” she said, then condemned O’Reilly’s statement which prompted him to apologize.

Following his apology, Behar and Goldberg returned to the show.

Behar later spoke of the incident on her show Headline News, calling it an O’Reilly “pinead moment” and equating it to hate speech. Her guest on the show was former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura who referred to O’Reilly as a “spineless puke.”

O’Reilly, who did not seem bothered about the hosts’ reaction, later spoke about the incident on Fox News during his Talking Points segment. “I am not in the business of sugar coating harsh realities … I enjoy jousting with The View ladies because, with the exception of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, they don’t see it my way. I loved that exposition today. Didn’t you?”

The show is infamous for its loud debates that usually involve Hasselbeck arguing with her co-hosts on topics of racism, religion and politics.

The Ground Zero mosque has created considerable controversy across the nation. According to a Time Magazine poll, 61 percent of the respondents opposed construction of the mosque and more than 70 percent believe building it would be an insult to 9/11 victims.

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