The ladies of "The View" appeared live Monday for the first time since Bill O'Reilly's controversial appearance on the program that prompted Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set Thursday.
Barbara Walters, who Thursday said that the two co-hosts should not have walked off, continued her admonishment of their walk-off.
"We must be able to have conversations without fury, without rage, without screaming, without obscenities, without walking off," she said. "It's very dramatic, people love train-wrecks, people want us to do more of it because it's good for the ratings. You don't walk out of your own home. You can walk out of somebody else's home, you don't walk out of your own home. He was someone we invited. We are used to Bill O'Reilly. He loves this, he loves to pull your chain, he loves to get you angry. This is just what he wanted."
Behar defended her walk-off, saying, "On this show we always speak about standing up to bigotry, so I stood up."
Goldberg said that she found O'Reilly both "condescending" and "disrespectful," and said that O'Reilly "started with" her as soon as he came onto the set.
"I hit my saturation point," she said, "because what we didn't show was when Mr. O'Reilly came out, he started with me as soon as he sat down....And I'm not the greatest person in the world, I don't walk on water, but I had enough. And as soon as I said [bullshit] I knew to get up and leave because I knew what was coming next. I was going to cuss him out."
Sherri Shepherd, for her part, said that during the commercial break O'Reilly boasted about what the appearance would do for the show's ratings.
"We've been doing fine without you trying to make our ratings," Shepherd quoted Walters as telling O'Reilly during the break.
"What Bill O'Reilly did not come onto our stage with was respect," Goldberg added. "He came on and he was condescending....I know that had I stayed there, it would've got, for me at least, it would've gotten worse. And the best thing I could've done, because he was so enraging and so disrespectful just to the five of us, I just thought, I'm done."
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