Uncomfortable times The View hosts snapped at a guest
If you regularly watch The View on ABC, then you probably already know that the all-female co-hosts aren’t afraid to fight with one another about hot topics in the news. The ladies — including actress Whoopi Goldberg and comedian Joy Behar, to name a few famous faces — often generate headlines due to the barbs they trade, which is probably why this daytime television show has been a hit for over 20 years.
When the women aren’t battling it out with each other, you can find them squabbling with their guests. Former co-host and conservative commentator, Elisabeth Hasselbeck was frequently guilty of this, especially when she felt personally offended. The one-time Survivor contestant, for example, got into it with comedian Kathy Griffin in June 2010 because the My Life on the D-List star had once apparently made jokes at her expense. But Hasselbeck, of course, hasn’t been the only View co-host to fire off at a guest or guest co-host.
Are you ready to fight dirty with the ladies of The View? Buckle up as we relive all of the uncomfortable times the show’s co-hosts snapped at a guest.
Whoopi Goldberg went HAM on Jeanine Pirro
You don’t want to mess with Whoopi Goldberg. This was a lesson Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro learned when she paid a visit to The View in July 2018. All hell broke loose when Pirro — a big supporter of President Donald Trump and conservative politics — pointed at Goldberg and accused her of having “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” The supposed syndrome, for those who aren’t already familiar, is used to describe fervent opponents of Trump’s presidency.
Goldberg didn’t appreciate Pirro’s accusation, telling the former judge and prosecutor, “Did you just point at me? Listen, I don’t have Trump derangement.” The co-host then referenced Trump’s “divisive rhetoric,” angrily adding, “Listen, I’m 62 years old. There have been a lot of people in office that I didn’t agree with. But I have never, ever seen anything like this. I have never seen anybody whip up such hate. I have never seen anybody be so dismissive.” She added, “What I suffer from is the inability to figure out how to fix this.”
The two ladies then engaged in a heated argument, with Pirro arguing, “You know what’s horrible? When people who shouldn’t be here end up murdering the children of American citizens.” Goldberg then shot back with the accusation that Trump supposedly “whips up people to beat the hell out of people,” before shouting, “Say goodbye, I’m done!”
After the show returned from break, she apologized to viewers for losing her cool.
Omarosa got under Joy Behar’s skin
Considering Joy Behar is an outspoken opponent of Donald Trump, it’s really no surprise that she butted heads with his former White House employee Omarosa Manigault-Newman. The epic showdown occurred in January 2017, when Manigault-Newman tried to bait Behar with a dig about Trump’s presidency. “I know it’s gotta be really, really hard after the last year and a half, of all the things that you said about Donald to see him sitting in the Oval Office,” she said, to which Behar sarcastically replied, “It is hard, it kills me.”
Not satisfied with her remark, Manigault-Newman — who said she knew Trump as a “friend” — accused Behar of refusing to give the 45th president a chance. The remark set the comedian off into a tirade about how she was waiting on Trump to “apologize” to “veterans, to John McCain” and to the “handicapped, the disabled” people he criticized throughout his 2016 presidential campaign. “That’s what I’m waiting for!” she yelled at Manigualt-Newman, who sat there in silence as the audience cheered.
Interestingly enough, Manigault-Newman came back on The View in September 2018 to reveal that Trump allegedly encouraged her to attack Behar, stating, “He specifically told me to come after you, Joy.” The ex-White House staffer also revealed that the president was supposedly upset with Behar because she was “constantly in his face and in Melania’s face.”
Goldberg called out Kate Gosselin
Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin appeared on The View in September 2009, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Joy Behar. The famous mom’s appearance went down during her custody war with ex-husband Jon Gosselin, just one month after she called the cops regarding an alleged visitation issue. Kate, as some fans might recall, supposedly didn’t appreciate Jon’s choice in babysitters, and, in August 2009, she decided to unexpectedly drop in during his scheduled time with the kids. As she couldn’t go inside the house due to their custody agreement, she got the authorities involved, as reported by People. Yikes.
Goldberg wasn’t amused by Kate’s antics, telling her after a rehashing of the incident, “When you go in to a custody thing with someone, you have your specific time and their specific time, and you’re not supposed to walk on [that].” Goldberg added, “And I’m sorry that’s the law.”
Shepherd tried to defend Kate, but she was drowned out by Goldberg’s cries of “you could have gone to jail!” The typically fiery reality star tried to keep her composure as she pled her case to the co-host, saying, “I’ve learned my lesson and I learned that it was not a good thing.” She added, “I realized that I was wrong and it was his custody. Will I do it again? No, but it doesn’t answer to me, like, a babysitter I’ve never met or approved of. And that bothers me.”
That time Raven-Symoné lost it on DJ Tanner
There’s a good chance that fans of The View probably remember actress Raven-Symoné’s epic fight with guest co-host Candace Cameron Bure. The showdown happened in July 2015, just one month after the That’s So Raven alum signed on as a full-time co-host. Symoné probably didn’t want to duke it out with someone during her first few months on the job, but she couldn’t hold it together after Bure defended business owners in Oregon who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Symoné, who has dated women, told Bure, “The Oregon law bars businesses from discriminating against sexual orientation, race, disability, age, or religion, and, to me, it’s the same exact thing that they did back in the day saying that black people couldn’t do certain things because it’s my ‘religious belief.'”
Bure held her hand up in frustration and replied, “No. I think you are comparing apples to oranges here. I don’t think this is discrimination at all, this is about freedom of association, it’s about constitutional rights, it’s about First Amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with.”
The Full House alum must have struck a major chord with Symoné because she gave Bure the ultimate diss. “I refuse to associate myself with you right now,” she said. There aren’t enough yikes in the world to sum this up back-and-forth, guys.
Behar openly pitied Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Joy Behar is typically short on patience when discussing politics and Donald Trump, a fact White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was probably well aware of when she stopped by the show in September 2017. Sparks were bound to fly between the two women, to put it mildly, because they’re both not the type to back down when confronted. Sanders kicked off the battle royale when she expressed hope that the media would cover the Trump administration through a fair lens, to which Behar replied, “Is the media not supposed to report on the fact that 95 percent of what he says is a lie?”
Sanders shot back with a barbed accusation, arguing, “The problem with that, Joy, is … you are doing exactly what we’re talking about and pushing a false narrative.” The “false narrative” remark must have rattled Behar because she immediately hit back at the press secretary. “I feel for you,” she said to Sanders. “I feel sorry for you that you have to go out and defend those lies every day.”
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than a co-host openly pitying a guest, right? Talk about an awkward moment.
Goldberg put a pin in Ann Coulter’s on-air antics
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter is notorious for her controversial remarks and penchant for pushing buttons, characteristics she put on full display when visiting The View in September 2012. Coulter, who was there to promote her book, opened up the conversation by talking about “white guilt” and why it was supposedly beneficial for “black America” that ex-football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted on murder charges in 1995. “Race mongering has been very bad for America. Liberals use it to promote causes that have nothing to do with blacks and, in fact, harm blacks,” Coulter said. “With the O.J. verdict, white America said, ‘That’s it. The white guilt bank is shut down.’ And that ended up being the best thing that has ever happened to black Americans.”
When former host Barbara Walters asked Coulter to clarify her remarks, she began to talk about certain juries who would “not convict even guilty black criminals,” a sentiment that didn’t sit well with Goldberg. “Hold up, Ms. Coulter. Please stop, please stop. If you’re going to talk about race … at least know what you’re talking about,” she shot back. “Tell me how much you know about being black.”
In a not-so-surprising twist, the conversation didn’t recover from the tense moment, and Goldberg would go on to call “bulls***” on Coulter’s claims.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck threw a tantrum over Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin doesn’t hold back when it comes to poking fun at celebrities, which is something that former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck knows all too well. The comedian had apparently made jokes about Hasselbeck in the past, which made her appearance on the show in June 2010 pretty uncomfortable to watch. Griffin was there to promote her now-defunct show My Life on the D-List, but Hasselbeck allegedly feigned boredom during the entire plug. After some exaggerated yawning and stretching, the Fox News alum went after Griffin with a fiery accusation. “You’ve said things about people here that are a) untrue, and b) not so funny,” she said. “So, do you ever feel weird, like, then coming here and sitting here and, you know, kind of promoting things when you’ve said some of this stuff?”
Griffin, who remained cool as a cucumber during the sit-down, replied, “Actually, this moment is what I live for, so bring it.” She added, “I mean, this is actually how I write my act.” Hasselbeck repeatedly claimed she was “cool” with Griffin, but her body language said otherwise. Picking up on the tension, the comedian asked, “Anything else you’d like to say, Elisabeth? Because this is just getting good,” to which Hasselbeck replied, “No, I’m going to go back to sleep, actually.”
Talk about a mega-tantrum, right? Eek.
Behar and Goldberg’s epic walkout
One of the most uncomfortable moments on The View occurred during Fox News alum Bill O’Reilly’s appearance in October 2010. Tensions flared during O’Reilly’s discussion about President Barack Obama’s support of Park51, a Muslim community center, that was set to be built two blocks from the World Trade Center site. The conservative commentator didn’t approve of the landmark, telling the co-hosts, as reported by ABC News, “It’s inappropriate because a lot of the 9/11 families who I know say, ‘Look, I don’t want that.'”
Behar replied, “This is America,” a remark that prompted O’Reilly to take a condescending approach. “Hold it, hold it — listen to me, because you’ll learn,” he said. The former television host then claimed that “70 percent of Americans don’t want that mosque down there,” a fact he couldn’t back up with a poll. As the pressure mounted, O’Reilly summed up his stance by arguing that “Muslims killed us on 9/11.” Clearly disgusted with O’Reilly’s remarks, Goldberg threw out a curse word and Behar made the decision to exit the stage. “I don’t want to sit here. I don’t,” the comedian said. Goldberg agreed and walked off the stage with her.
Former host Barbara Walters spoke with the audience, stating that the walkout “should not have happened.” After Walters called his statements “extremist,” O’Reilly apologized for his offensive statement, and Behar and Goldberg returned to the stage. So much drama, so little time.