Barbara Walters scolds View co-hosts over O’Reilly walkout

The View’s fab five were back live today to discuss the infamous Bill O’Reilly walkout scandal, or “O’Reilly Gate.” Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar defended their walkout, but Barbara Walters scolded them, calling them “dramatic.”

Bill O'Reilly

In case you missed it, The View was full of drama last Thursday, as Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off in anger during the segment with Fox news political commentator Bill O’Reilly.

Today, they defended themselves, saying they could not take any more.

“We speak about standing up to bigotry, so I stood up,” said Behar. Whoopi agreed, saying, “I hit my saturation point.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck jumped in, saying she thought we should be able to use the word “terrorist” because it means we link “extremists and Muslims, extremists and Islam, and I think that has disarmed us.”

Huh? Moving on…

Was the O’Reilly segment staged?

Sherri Shepherd pointed out that O’Reilly said during a camera break, “I’m really going to make your ratings.” She said he “knew what he was doing,” indicating he was trying to push their buttons. She did make a point to say the episode was “not staged.”
Staged or not, I’m sure this publicity can’t be all bad for The View! Especially given the fact they have competition now in the form of CBS’ The Talk.

barbara walters’ scolding

After everyone had said their part, it was time for Barbara Walters to speak. She pulled out her notecard and read the following:

“This is a country that’s full of rage. We must be able to have conversations — that means all of us — without fury, without rage, without screaming, without obscenities, without walking off,” Walters said. “It’s very dramatic. People love train wrecks. People want us to do more of it because it’s good for the ratings.”

“You don’t walk out of your own home,” Walters continued.

“We are used to Bill O’Reilly. He loves this. He loves to pull your chain. He loves to get you angry. This is just what he wanted. I don’t have to tell you the regard I have for you,” she said to the ladies, “having said that, I think it was the wrong thing to do.”

Tell us: Do you think Whoopi and Joy should have walked off set?

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