NEW YORK – Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the stage of "The View" Thursday during an argument with Bill O'Reilly over the proposed Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The women objected to the Fox News Channel host saying that "Muslims killed us on 9/11." They returned after an O'Reilly apology.
The fireworks came amid a heated argument on the issue.
"Listen to me," O'Reilly said, "because you'll learn something."
"Pinhead!" retorted Behar, who also hosts a prime-time show on HLN.
O'Reilly, who was on the popular daytime talk show to promote his book "Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama," said locating the Islamic Center near ground zero is inappropriate "because Muslims killed us on 9/11."
Goldberg responded with an expletive and Behar rose from her seat.
"I don't want to sit here," Behar said. "I don't. I'm outraged by that statement."
She walked off the set, followed by Goldberg.
The show's creator, Barbara Walters, immediately said her colleagues were wrong to walk off.
"We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking offstage," she said. But she also scolded O'Reilly, saying that it was extremists who committed the terrorist act. "You cannot take a whole religion and demean them," she said.
freedom and diversity.
"I'm not demeaning anybody," O'Reilly said.
"Yes," Walters replied. "You are."
After some more back-and-forth, O'Reilly said that "if anybody felt that I was demeaning all Muslims, I apologize."
Behar and Goldberg returned, with Behar saying, "We're back now because you apologized."
The 16-story Islamic center and mosque is planned for lower Manhattan, two blocks north of where the World Trade Center once stood. Critics say the location denigrates the memory of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Proponents say planners have a constitutional right to build and see the project as a reflection of religious freedom and diversity.
I couldn't be in the same room with Bill O'Reilly either. The aura itself would chase me away. Bill O'Reilly is nothing but a controlled pawn paid to spread misinformation about 911 and other issues. It's all an agenda.
Extremists were responsible for the 911 attacks. But wait a minute....... Let's just think about this for a second....... Boxcutters were responsible for bringing the planes down. Now..... To an educated mind, does this actually make any sense? And then a completely unrelated building went down, out of nowhere. So......... Were muslims really responsible for 911 or are they just being used as scapegoats? The dots do not connect. We are not being told the truth. Well, as always. There is more to the story that meets the eye.