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Monday
Oct182010

'The View:' Bill O'Reilly Was 'Condescending,' 'Disrespectful'

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Barwall Productions(NEW YORK) -- Three days after their blowup with Bill O'Reilly, the women of The View reflected on the incident with cooler heads and calmer voices, but made it clear they still aren't fans of the Fox News host.

Monday's edition of the ABC daytime talk show began with a re-hashing of what happened Thursday when O'Reilly declared that "Muslims killed us on 9/11," prompting co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set.

"He started with me as soon as he sat down," Goldberg said. "You can't throw stuff around like that, in my opinion. I'm glad that I left. I'm glad I left because I had reached my threshold."

View creator Barbara Walters said that a walk-out was probably what O'Reilly wanted.

"He loves this, this is just what he wants," she said of the controversy.

Goldberg did offer that O'Reilly's emotions may have gotten the better of him. "I suspect that maybe he said something that he actually didn't mean," she said.

O'Reilly defended his views last week on his prime-time Fox News show.

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Friday
Oct152010

O'Reilly, Behar Fuel 'View' Feud

Photo Courtesy - ABC(NEW YORK) -- Bill O'Reilly's feud with The View didn't end after Thursday's broadcast.

On his prime time Fox News show, O'Reilly stuck to the declaration he made on the ABC daytime talk show Thursday, that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" -- a statement that prompted Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off The View's set.

"How did we get here?" he started.  "Were we attacked by Japanese extremists?  How did we get to this point?  Now the poll I cited was taken by CNN in August.  About 70 percent of Americans, as I said, agree with me on the ground zero mosque issue -- it's inappropriate."

"No one I know, no one, wants to insult Muslims," O'Reilly continued.  "But almost everybody I know is tired of the political correctness surrounding the 9/11 attack.  The truth is that if moderate Muslims all over the world would stand with America against radical Islam, the terrorists couldn't exist.  But obviously, that is not happening.  I am not in the business of sugar-coating harsh realities."

Meanwhile, Behar reasserted that O'Reilly was out of line on Thursday night's edition of The Joy Behar Show, which airs on the Headline News Network.

"I was really angry.  I thought O'Reilly was saying ... something I construe as hate speech, frankly," she said.  "It upsets me, as you can see.  To say Muslims killed us on 9/11, is like ... you could say that about any group, to lump an entire group like that."

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Thursday
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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