As promised, the woman of “The View” addressed last week’s headline-grabbing walkout at the top of the show Monday morning.
Barbara Walters led the discussion about the moment “all heck broke lose,” when members of the talk panel exited the stage after Bill O’Reilly made a blanket statement about Muslim involvement on 9/11. The veteran television journalist then turned to her colleagues for explanations.
One of the show’s two walkers, Joy Behar, made it clear that from her perspective, her actions were simple and logical.
“On this show, we always speak about standing up to bigotry,” Behar said. “So I stood up.”
But for moderator Whoopi Goldberg, who joined Behar in Thursday’s walkout, the action was less about principle and more about staying out of trouble after calling O’Reilly’s view “bull----.”
“As soon as I said the ‘b’-word, I knew that I better go,” Goldberg recalled.
As for Walters, she stuck to her original on-air reaction. She applauded the hosts passion, but warned “I think it was the wrong thing to do.”