Bill O'Reilly used a segment on his show 'The O'Reilly Factor' yesterday (14th October 2010) to explain the explosive argument he had with Whoopi Goldberg on a recent airing of 'The View', reports Entertainment Weekly. O'Reilly showed the video of the moment when Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the talk show set after taking exception to comments he made about Muslims.
During a fiery debate, O'Reilly discussed how 'Muslims' had attacked America on September 11th, and Goldberg became insulted that the 61-year-old had not used the phrase 'Muslim extremists', leading to her walking off the set. Later in the show, O'Reilly told Behar, "Listen to me because you'll learn", but he played down the incident on his own show, saying, "She was yapping so I had to get her attention. I am often offensive, I think everyone knows that". He defended his comments about the 9/11 attacks by saying, "Did we say, in World War II, 'We were attacked by "Japanese extremists"? No: we said we were attacked by 'Japanese."
68-year-old Behar also spoke about the incident on her 'Headline News' show, saying, "I thought he was saying something that I construe as hate speech, frankly". Behar was joined in the studio by the former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura, who called O'Reilly, "a spineless puke."