Created by TV journalist Barbara Walters in 1997, The View is one of the most popular daytime talk-shows of TV. Currently running on its 22nd season, this ABC show has had a total of 22 permanent co-hosts till date. The View’s current lineup includes Whoopi Goldberg, comedian Joy Behar, attorney Sunny Hostin, former Fox & Friend co-host Abby Huntsman and Meghan McCain. The View has stayed strong through the years winning 30 Daytime Emmy Awards, but that is not the reason why the show is so popular.
Throughout its long run, the show has kept people engaged with fiery discussions that have often boiled down to verbal brawls. From Whoopi Goldberg's foul-mouthed temper to Barbara Walters’ relevant and hard-hitting queries, The View is no stranger to controversies.
The Time When Perez Took on Symoné
The show has its fair share of fight that broke out due to a racist comment. Such was the case when co-host Raven-Symoné tried to defend a racist comment. The discussion was about Rodner Figueroa, whose comment on Michelle Obama got him fired as a host on Univision. Figueroa compared Michelle to a chimp from the movie, Planet of The Apes and Raven-Symoné jumped in to defend the comment as 'casual'.
The logic not only shocked the audience but also phased co-host Rosie Perez to such a degree that it led to a literal meltdown on camera. Perez started the discussion by saying that the Latin community is secretly very racist and never want to be in a group as black people. But after Raven defended Figueroa's actions, Perez lost her cool and said,
"I am the Latin person here on this table and I would like to tell you that it was racist."
Rosie O'Donnell Quit the Show
Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck have a long-running feud between them. In 2007, while discussing the war that was going on in Iraq, both Hasselbeck and Rosie’s discussion led to one of TV's most infamous verbal battle. The disagreement came in the form of ethics involved behind the war. One side claimed that the war was wrong due to the loss of innocent lives while the other while Elisabeth defended the war.
This brawl ultimately led to Rosie O'Donnell quitting the talk show. The verbal war became so intense that the producers of the show decided to split the screen.
When Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg Walked Out on Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly has been at the center of controversy. In 2010, Bill made an appearance on ‘The View,’ where his statements led to a heated argument.
While discussing the construction of a Muslim Community center, two blocks from Ground Zero, Bill O'Reilly claimed that a poll showed 70% of Americans disapproved the construction but failed to show the actual poll. When confronted by Behar and Goldberg about not presenting facts he claimed that Muslims "killed us" on 9/11.
Goldberg's reaction to this was extreme as she yelled an expletive at O'Reilly. Walters kept her composure and tried to handle the situation but failed to stop Goldberg and Behar from walking out. Later, Bill O'Reilly swore never to return to the show.
When Everyone Took on Trump
In 2011, Trump appeared on The View and began to discuss his conspiracy theory about Barack Obama. He talked about how Obama was hiding something in his birth certificate. It did not sit well with any of the show's hosts, and Whoopi Goldberg called his theory the biggest "pile of dog mess" that she has seen "in ages" and also called him racist.
When Barbara Walters Lost Her Cool
As an accomplished journalist and as the woman who started The View, Barbara Walters is among the most exceptional professionals. During an interview with Glenn Beck in 2009, Barbara became furious about the fact that he lied on the radio.
She criticized him for failing to brush up on the facts as a journalist and called him a "lying sack of dog mess." Goldberg also joined in for the grilling of Glenn Beck. The relentless onslaught went on for the entirety of the episode.
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