Joy Behar gave her side of the story re: walking out while debating Bill O’Reilly on The View today, and of course O’Reilly was going to use his own show to examine the incident. He did so, and right away, looking back on what happened during his show’s opening segment.
O’Reilly, of course, still doesn’t think he was in the wrong for saying “Muslims killed us on 9/11,” saying that after all these years, we can plainly see the difference between terrorists and “peace-abiding Muslims.” He added he just wanted the audience of The View to see a different viewpoint, as clearly, Elisabeth Hasselbeck excepted, the women on the program generally disagree with O’Reilly on, well, almost everything.
Laura Ingraham also joined in as a guest, saying her “ears [were] bleeding” after hearing the most explosive part of the interview. She also called Behar’s and Goldberg’s behavior “mind-blowing” and said the walkout seemed “contrived,” although O’Reilly said he indeed wasn’t expecting it to happen.
O’Reilly did run into some troublesome territory when he talked about the folly of having to say that “Muslim extremists attacked us on 9/11.” One of his comparisons was that we didn’t say “Japanese extremists attacked us” in the time of World War II. Of course, remembering that our treatment of Japanese people during World War II involved this, this might not be the best analogy. We still say, however, that even though Behar and Goldberg returned later, walking off the set during a debate made O’Reilly look like the winner…and the segment on his own show a victory lap. Video of that segment below.
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