Behar and Goldberg Defend Decision to Walk Off View Set
"You don't walk out of your own home," Barbara Walters told her View co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg. Walters was once again scolding Behar and Goldberg for walking off set during an explosive argument with Bill O'Reilly.
"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 the first time the ladies have discussed the headline-making walk off.
But Behar is defending her decision to bolt. "We always speak about standing up to bigotry, so I stood up," she said.
And Goldberg says if she hadn't walked off set, the confrontation would have escalated.
"I knew what was coming next, I was going to cuss him out."
Behind the scenes O'Reilly was reportedly delighted by the fireworks.
"In between the camera break, Bill was even energized and he said, 'I'm going to show the entire clip on my show, it's going to play all over the nation, and it's really going to make your ratings!" said Sherri Shepherd.
Walters said, "We are used to Bill O'Reilly. He loves this, he loves to pull your chain!"
She was clearly in a scolding mood. She also gave guest Levi Johnston, who is now running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska for a new reality show, a sharp tongue-lashing.
"Would it not be better for you, instead of just seeking publicity, to learn a trade, to find a job, to get an education, and to support your son?" she asked him.
She even refused to accept his peace offering, a rose.
Walters herself is now coming under fire from none other than Rosie O'Donnell, who famously quit The View in 2007.
"The fact that Barbara Walters could, and feel that she should be able to, scold the Oscar®, Grammy, Emmy Award-winning Whoopi Goldberg and the 60-year-old Joy Behar on TV is kind of strange," O'Donnell said.