Users Speak: Was Whoopi And Joy’s Walk Off Unprofessional?

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar (ABC)

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar (ABC)

Was it unprofessional for Whoopi Golberg and Joy Behar to walk off ‘The View‘ yesterday during their now-infamous disagreement with Bill O’Reilly? Commenter Joey C. thinks so, saying “That is not how a professional interviewer acts. Larry King doesn’t walk off his show when he doesn’t agree with one of his guests or get up and have temper tantrums when they don’t see his point of view.”

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In reaction to Bill O’Reilly’s comments that Muslims were responsible for 9/11, the duo stormed off stage Thursday. Immediately after, Barbara Walters did damage control: ”You have just seen what should not happen. We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking offstage. I love my colleagues, but that should not have happened.”

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Were Whoopi and Joy in the right for quite literally taking a stand against O’Reilly? Or as Barbara alluded to, was it simply unprofessional? On a show called ‘The View,’ shouldn’t they be able to express different POVs from their guests without the conversation erupting into fireworks? Below, our favorite comments of the week (Please note typos are from users):

It is the height of unprofessionalism for Behar and Goldberg to walk off the stage like that. I don’t care what the differences of opinion were their behavior was childish and they do not deserve to be hosting a “talk” show if they cannot stay involved in a debate where opinions differ from theirs. I’m not a fan of Bill O’Reilly (and certainly not a fan of Behar and Goldberg) but the behavior demonstrated showed what is wrong with this countries ability to enter into a responsible dialog about issues facing us. I think The View should be renamed “Jr. High Revisited”. — David

I am trying to understand why would anyone with this show invite O’Reilly on in the first place. Every one knows how he feels. Walking out was very unprofessional. If you consider your self a person who interviews for a living, then shouldn’t you know that alot of people are going to rattle your cage. Come girls grow up. Joy I think you really need to get a grip, not every one agrees with you, so what! and Whoopie I am so disappointed. I don’t watch I can’t stand all the talking at once. I have always taught my children talking over one is a sign of not knowing what you are talking about, just like when one swears to make a point. Its one of the reasons the world is in the shape it is. — trixie

Watch O’Reilly’s Debate With The Ladies Of ‘The View’:

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The show is called “The View”… Not “If your view doesn’t agree with my view then screw you”.. Joy and Whoopi acted like a couple of babies. I applaud Barbara Walters for calling them out; what unprofessional boobs. — LuAnn

Congratulations, Joy and Whoopi!!! You did the right thing! — RobertTheImpaler

I applaud Whoopi and Joy for standing up to this blowhard. O’Reilly is just one of the many talking heads on radio and television whose hate speeches are dividng us as a nation. And we have sat still long enough, tolerating it with patient smiles. It was high time someone in the media had the courage and conviction to walk away from it. — cszpaich

Very unprofessional to walk off when there was a disagreement. Joy and Whoopi need to get some training on how to conduct themselves on interviews. Of course there will be differences of opinion, but grow up and conduct yourselves as adults and not storm off in a tantrum. The subject matter is not the “subject” Their behavior is. — Chris

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