The View is getting a new competitor of sorts next week (though it won't be in the same time slot) when CBS debuts the very, very similar The Talk. But on Thursday, the now thirteen-year-old ABC show proved it's ready for a fight -- by showcasing a fight between two of its hosts and one of its guests.
Both Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the View set in the midst of a heated and mostly unintelligible argument with guest Bill O'Reilly, on to promote his new book Pinheads and Patriots. Things were reasonably polite until the topic turned to the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque," which O'Reilly called "inappropriate." Behar and particularly Goldberg disagreed with his stance. At one point, O'Reilly said to Behar, "Listen to me, because you'll learn," which Behar responded to by calling him a "pinhead." Later on, Goldberg became upset enough to curse. Barbara Walters tried in vain to calm the waters, while Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd mostly just sat there. The mutual screaming ended when the hosts walked off, to cheers from the audience.
Following the walk-off, Walters, taking the role of a disappointed mom, lectured the audience: "You have just seen what should not happen! We should be able to have discussion without washing our hands and screaming and walking off stage. I love my colleagues, but it should not have happened." She then continued to challenge O'Reilly "in a calmer voice." After about a minute, Behar and Goldberg, having no doubt been confronted backstage by apoplectic staffers, walked back on the set.
No comment so far from ABC or from any of the principals, although Thursday night's O'Reilly Factor will no doubt touch on the incident.