O'Reilly: People Were High-Fiving Me Everywhere After 'View' Appearance (VIDEO)

10/19/2010 12:21 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On Monday's "O'Reilly Factor," Bill O'Reilly continued defending his now-infamous appearance on "The View" last week.

He said that the controversy surrounding the appearance -- where his statement that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" caused Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set -- had "entered the fabric of America." He also said that, while his comments may have been insensitive, they were true, and that there is a "Muslim problem" in the world:

"If 'The View' ladies will not acknowledge that, that's their problem because most Americans well understand the danger in the Muslim world. The vast majority of American Muslims are good citizens and deplore the extreme actions in the Muslim world. But they know that there is a clash of civilizations in play."


O'Reilly said that, wherever he went over the weekend, "people were high-fiving me. It was amazing. People were yelling out windows, 'O'Reilly, keep going,' that kind of stuff. Are all these people bigots?"

The controversy over O'Reilly's appearance on "The View" sparked a torrent of commentary, with everyone from Keith Olbermann to Rosie O'Donnell to Dylan Ratigan chiming in. O'Reilly himself discussed the incident on last Friday's "O'Reilly Factor," and the women of "The View" talked about it on Monday.

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