Before Juan Williams-gate and Keith Olbermann-gate, there was Joy and Whoopi-gate—when Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg stormed off the set of The View after a comment made by guest Bill O’Reilly rubbed them the wrong way. Though both hosts have spoken out about the incident since, both on their own show and elsewhere, neither has sat down with O’Reilly himself to discuss what happened—until now.
Whoopi was Bill’s guest on tonight’s installment of The O’Reilly Factor. (We’d refer to her as Goldberg if the outspoken comedian hadn’t castigated O’Reilly for doing just that on his show—”What is this bullsh*t about Miss Goldberg?” she asked him. “Just call me Whoopi.”) They spent the first half of the interview talking about the View walkout and the second half talking about Whoopi’s new book. Unfortunately for drama-lovers, sparks didn’t exactly fly during the two celebrities’ civil conversation.
Both stuck unwaveringly to their talking points, making arguments that they’ve already made countless times before. Whoopi said she walked out because she knew if she didn’t, she’d cuss O’Reilly out—”Oo, I had to get up, child”—and said that she was upset that O’Reilly hadn’t differentiated between terrorists and regular Muslims. O’Reilly countered by saying that there is a Muslim problem in the world. Whoopi, though, didn’t agree with that last point: “No, I think we have a terrorist problem.”
The two also touched on the issue of Pakistan, whether it’s correct to say that “the Japanese” attacked the U.S. in 1941 (predictably, O’Reilly says “yes” and Whoopi says “no”), and whether a Jewish kid or a Muslim kid is more likely to be beaten up because of his religion. (Guess where each personality stands on that question.)
Though the exchange held few surprises, it’s still an entertaining seven minutes of television. See for yourself in the video below.
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