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Oct142010

'View' Co-Hosts Storm Off Set in Wake of Bill O'Reilly's Comments

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/Barwall(NEW YORK) -- The View's usually heated discussion boiled over into a verbal brawl Thursday.

After guest Bill O'Reilly declared "Muslims killed us on 9/11," Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, co-hosts of the ABC daytime talk show, stormed off the set.

The Fox News host was discussing President Obama's stance on Park51, a Muslim community center that is slated to be built two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan.

"It's inappropriate because a lot of the 9/11 families who I know say 'Look, I don't want that,'" O'Reilly said.

Behar countered, "This is America." O'Reilly shot back, "Hold it, hold it -- listen to me, because you'll learn."

Boos erupted from The View's audience, and Behar called O'Reilly a pinhead while making a bunny ears gesture behind his head, but O'Reilly plowed on, citing the statistic that "seventy percent of Americans don't want that mosque down there."

When Behar asked, "Where's that poll?" O"Reilly responded by saying "I'll show you that poll in a minute" and offered a new reason for why he thinks that Park51 is inappropriate. "Because Muslims killed us on 9/11," he said.

Goldberg spit out a phrase that was bleeped from the broadcast. Behar stood up and said, "I don't want to sit here. I don't." She walked off stage and Goldberg went with her.

View creator Barbara Walters tried to establish equilibrium after they left.

"I want to say something to all of you," she told the audience. "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."

Then, she turned to O'Reilly.

"Now let me just say to you, in a calmer voice, it was extremists. You cannot take a whole religion and demean them," Walters said.

O'Reilly offered an apology.

"If anyone felt that I was demeaning all Muslims, I apologize," he said.

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