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October 15th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

"The View" Hosts Walk Off Set

Hosts of "The View", Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, walk off the set during a heated discussion with Bill O'Reilly. The topic of discussion was the talk of a proposed mosque building on the site of ground zero. O'Reilly stated that, "70% of Americans do not want the mosque built because it is inappropriate".

We want to hear from you.

What are your views on the building of the mosque at ground zero? Tell us your views and we will share some of them on air between 11am and 1pm eastern.

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  1. Edward Carroll

    I am not a Bill O'Reilly fan. I am not a fan of the in your face mosque either. I would however have been a fan of the View if those two would keep walking and NEVER come back.

    October 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  2. Frumunda

    Many will argue that walking off set was "unprofessional" or "flakey". The notions that Islam caused 9/11 is flat out flakey and when confronted with a hate -filled ideologue who insists otherwise, getting off the set is preferable to arguing with O'Reilly. Best to walk away from irrational people. Yes – they were Muslim, and they distorted their faith to fuel the attack. This does not mean that Islam caused this. 19 terrorists does not equal 1,570,000,000 Muslims worldwide.

    October 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  3. Billy Seacrest

    A Mosque at ground zero would be a slap in the face of all Americans. Yes, it is "radical" Muslims who are currently trying to terrorize us, but we have learned the hard way that we have no way of knowing in advance which mosques they use for their recruiting. The Muslim community is doing as little as possible to help us fight these terrorists, but the least they could do is acknowledge that this is a sensitive area and with draw their plans

    October 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  4. Vicky Brown

    regardless that they are legally allowed to do it – morally its wrong and a slap in our (americans) faces

    October 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  5. Bryan Snell

    I think that they should be able to build the mosque where they want. However, given what has happened i believe that it would be in bad taske. I do think that if they do build it they need to be aware of the feelings of the surrounding communities and they may face hostility. It is their right to have religious freedom here in the country, i just think it is poor taste.

    October 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  6. Bridget Boyd-Nickerson

    I could careless, but let me pose this thought to the "Americans" (land of the free, home of the brave)..what do you think the native indians thought of the new settlers when they built colonies after killing their people right next to their settlements? Not only that they took their rights and dignity along with it. People need to quit pushing there views on the freedoms of others.

    October 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  7. LIZ

    The two ladies had to walk off because they had no comeback for the stated fact. Thank God for people like Bill OReilly who listens to the majority of the American people

    October 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  8. Mary Goouch, Toronto, Canada

    If you are the host at your home, you don't walk out on a guest with whom you disagree leaving the guest sitting on the couch.
    You stay and discuss your differences with maturity and respect.

    October 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  9. Kevin

    These ladies spout off about being tolerant, but they're only tolerant of views that match their own, elitist opinion. They've embarrassed themselves. They should do a little research and discover how most of America actually feels about this topic, but as usual, they just assume they're opinion is the only one that matters.

    October 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  10. Jessie Luedi

    The way that this discussion was held was wrong and inappropriate. People of many faiths, including Islam, where killed in the attacks. I believe that they should build a Mosque, Church, and Synagogue side by side on the 911 site. They should be of equal size and share a green space/garden in order to promote religious unity and allow people of all faiths to enter the gardens and remember those who were killed in the attacks. Every American, be it Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, etc. grieved on September 11th 2001. It should be a site of united worship between all Americans.

    October 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  11. Shear Black

    I agree with Bill O'Reilly on this one, but I do think the Islamic Center should be build near-by, just not so near-by.

    Let's remember that polls at that time showed that Muslims strongly supported the 9/11attack and felt America deserved it.

    Let's remember that Muslims celebrated the attack in many countries with huge street parties.

    Joy and Woopie need to review the reality of what actually happened a decade ago. They have short memories and have clearly forgotten.

    Also, Islam is very homophobic. Where does this Imam stand on gay rights, human rights, civil rights? Is he really inclusive?

    October 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  12. Janie in Springfield MA

    This whole "drama" was all a way for The View producers to steal attention from a brand new show (almost identical toTthe View) called The is no coincidence that The Talk debuts Monday and this drama is being covered the Thursday and Friday before. How stupid do The Views' TV producers thing we are?

    October 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  13. Sharon

    Shame on Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg for being unable to talk in a civil manner about a subject that many Americans disagree with them about! Where is the open-minded attitude??? I will NEVER watch the View again.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:49 am |
  14. Kim

    Good for O'Reilly and get a grip on the emotional,national security,sensitive,religious,cultural diversity controversy Woopi and Goldberg. Why there when other places less sensitive to build available that don't associate with 911 ? "Great crisis and danger...?" Iman Rauf speaking about waht could happen if they don't build the mosque. Provked thoughts sparking fear of terrorism in his message ? Re-wind Rauf's interview with CNN O'Brian. Don't call Americans xenophobians or Islamic phobians either and we are a tolerant nation and do believe in Freedom of Religion. Respect that ! "Operator"...information,,,get the mosque a new location. It's clear Whoopi and Goldberg need to research what homeland security is saying about this mosque in NY and the police. Check the associations and connections on where this money to build is coming from please. Americans Trust but Verify.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  15. Kim

    Manhattan Transfer..."Operator"...information...get the Mosque a new location. To bad that song didn't play as they were walking out. Don't let the screen door hit you in the behind on the way out.

    October 16, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  16. femi odeniran

    The building of the mosque should not be allowed. There are other places mosque can be sited as this will definitely offend the memory of those who lost their lives in sep 11 attack

    October 16, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  17. Sirley LaPoint

    Re" Joy & Whoopie walking off on O'Rilley. they had every right to do so.
    O'Rilley is on Fox as an analist and he knew very well that when he only equated 911 with "Moslems" he was including all Moslems not only Terroist Moslems. He knows that not all Moslems are Terriost. It is very dangerous for him and the rest of his friends to make such statments. They only cause more hate towards the USA.
    Bill O'Reiley and his friends are not our friends they only care about making more ratings for Fox and more money for themselves. In my opinion this is very un-american for the people that want to go around wrapped in the flag and pretending to be patriots.
    If I hear any of them say they want their country back they need to know that this country is not theirs it is all Americans country.
    By the way,we the people elected!!! President Oboma and if you don't like it that is just too bad!!!

    October 16, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  18. Billie Murphy

    I am with the 70% of Americans who think it is inappropriate to build the mosque by Ground Zero. It is inappropriate, even though they have the right to build it. Bill O'Reilly has said many, many times that the vast majority of muslims are not involved in terrorism. I also agree with him when he states that if these peace loving muslims would openly and vigorously condemn these terrorists, they would not be able to continue in these activities. A few have been vocal, the majority have not. This is a declared holy war–a war of Islam against the rest of the world. The muslim world needs to speak up so we can tell who are the terrorist extremists and who are not. It sure is hard to tell right now. Their silence appears to be a tacit agreement with these radical extremists.

    October 16, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  19. Ceejay from Alabama

    Of course I am out of step with many that live in the south on this!

    I do not think we can punish a whole religion for what extremeists do. We also have radicals in all faiths. No one ever seems to look at Christiain extremeists with an all encompassing view. No one looks at the Baptist church (I use the word loosely) from Kansas that goes to the funerals of our fallen warriors to protest and say that all Baptists protest!
    Or that the OKla bomber who was Catholic , that all Catholics bomb federal buildings! This idea is of course absurd , so why do many think that all Muslins are bad.....they are not . American Muslins are like American Baptists or Catholics etc they are good faith filled people and are offended at the actions of extremeists that tarnish their name. We cannot like Mr. O'Reilly lump all Muslins in one pie and say they are all bad and the whole group was in agreement with the handful who created 9-11. So they cannot build a mosque near ground zero.

    So under what this country was founded on , they can build their mosque where ever they please whether I like it or not , as long as is is okayed by the city or state where they are , they have the permits etc they are within their rights to do so . Let the groups protest like the Baptists from Kansas because wrong as they may be in their thinking , they are protected under the 1st amendment to do so.

    October 16, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  20. Carol Swan

    Regarding the 'View" episode, Joy And Whoopi should be embarrassed by their behavior! Very immature!!!They should be fired or attend a course on how to be able to discuss important issues without acting like self centered, single minded brats. Thank goodness Barbara had the presence to be professional!

    My question that no one seems to ask is this .......If the Muslim community cares about happened on 911 why haven't they been more outspoken about denouncing the extreme muslims????? This goes back nine years! Where have the muslim leaders been hiding??? I am against building a mosque next to the site of the towers. Build a mosque somewhere else in New York!!

    October 16, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  21. Donna

    What the ladies of " The View " did by walking off on Thursday showed the direction this show has been heading in for a while now. Yes, Bill O'Rielly can be very blunt and arrogant, but he was no different than he was on any other show. He was trying to make a point from his view, but again when these two women do not like the view of the guest they become extremely unprofessional. I lost all respect for Joy on this day, and a big disappointment in how Whoopi has changed.

    Perhaps Joy has been on " The View " for too long, she showed a side of herself on Thursday that fully states "Diva". Whoopi sad to say has changed, when she first appeared on The View she tried to keep everyone in balance to debate. Now its go along with her views or get out. The View needs to find that balance again where everyone is able to get their view out there without the bullying!! Most could see what O'Rielly was attempting to put across, that yes they were extremist but they were still Muslim. It troubles me every time I hear the words Muslim extremists, because those who do not understand the difference get outraged. There needs to be a different way to express the people who want to attack us without offending those who do not.

    The intended Center/Mosque is highly insensitive to the many who lost loved ones on 9/11. This building will be seen from ground zero once it is the 15 stories that is intended to be built. This location is "extremely sensitive" because this is where parts of the landing gear crashed into on that dreadful day. It has been reported that oversea in the Muslim countries they are already referring to this as the Mosque on Ground Zero. Ground Zero is not only where the towers once stood, it goes beyond the 2 block radius. The name Cordba House is also in question, the Imam had stop using this name publicly because he is aware of the concerns. There are questions surrounding where the funds for this building will actually come from, the Imam was surrounding to court about a month ago for not taking care of his rental properties, if he could not afford to make the repairs where is the money going to come from. There are just far to many questions surrounding this project and it should not be on this location. Why not build it where their prior mosque use to be, unless this is an intention to created a Victory House. The Imam claims to be a man of peace, if this is true please understand what a majority of Americans are saying and move this project. This is not only a New York issue, the people who lost family members on this day come from all across the country, this is an American issue. The show is called "The View" for a reason, to hear both sides!!!

    October 16, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  22. Bobby

    Regardless of where you stand on this issue you need only look to what the families of 911 victims want and you will see that building the mosque is very insensitive to them! At some point we have to respect their wishes for they are the ones that were truly affected on 911!

    October 16, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  23. Mohammad Khalid

    I'm really concerned about the growing spread of anti-Islam hate spreading across America, Its all becuase of liberals like O'Reilly spreading hatred in this great country of ours.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  24. Pat

    No to a mosque on ground zero

    October 16, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  25. Bob Boire

    They have a right to build any where they want. Consideration for Ground zero is not the place or the right time to build for now, it may never be. It will only change when all the world condemns their action not only here in America but all over the world. Show me a god that promotes killing and I will show you a true GOD.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  26. Vicky

    Bill O'Reilly is a close minded pinhead. For a news reporter, he needs to educate himself before he spreads negative reporting. It was Al-Qaida that destroyed and killed; not Muslims. Muslims are peaceful people whereas Al-Qaida are terrorist. O'Reilly needs to stop his negative reporting because he is provoking everyone anger, for different reason. In my opinion, it's FOX news' negative reporting that's causing the rebellion in our Country. I do not blame Behar and Goldberg for walking off the show because it's impossible to reason with close minded pinheads such as O'Reilly.

    October 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  27. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Thats so grown up to walk off the set .

    October 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  28. Ahmed

    Muslims who work at the Pentagon are allowed to worship and prayer every signal day even thought the pentagon was hit. So, why are not we allowed to build a mosque that cannot be seen from ground zero. Also, why do we have to bear the blame of extremist people that claim Islam as their religion?

    Please post or put it on TV.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  29. jackstraw250

    what a bore these 2 have become.. its all about the publicity. They are missing so common sense.. they walked off their own show... great entertainment though....

    October 17, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  30. ray sawusch

    I hope both Joy and Whoopi keep walking and done come back to this or any other show. Their unprofessional, child like actics to a guest of their show, regardless of their personal opinon, should not be accepted. The fans of View deserve better and would be a better show wtihou those two.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  31. Adda V. Porter

    I think America is great !!! I am thankful to have been born in this great country!!! Even though I may disagree often with those who do not appreciate issues that would provide health care and support for those who are poor since that is where I came from, I respect them and meanwhile look to support President Obama and Congress as they try to move forward with progressive issues. I thank God for a Christian President and Family. Let's keep moving forward and appreciating our great country which allows differences of opinion.
    Get out there and volunteer to help make your community great.
    Adda Porter
    Retired Public School Educator/Principal
    Instructor for Graduate Teacher Courses
    Community Volunteer

    October 18, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  32. SFA

    Come on folks.... That is what we do at the UN as well, if we don't agree with some world leaders speaking, we just walk out right on their face. LOL!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  33. kathy w.

    I have always been a fan of Whoopi and I am truly disapopointed in her response to Bill O'Reilly. I have seen her make light of differernt situations where she did not agree but in keeping with being open minded she always rose above the situation and convinced me to keep watching the show because I listened to her point of view. As far as Joy is concerned, she alwayss comes across as angry and if the situation is not in keeping with her thoughts, she turns the discussion into angry comments. Her late night show should be forum for her angry tirades, not the View where she is shedding negative light on her co-hosts as well. Barbara is the ultimate professional and they should learn from her. Bill O'Reilly did not disappoint but the ladies did disappoint me.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  34. Gaynelle

    We are suppose to be a nation of tolerance. The mosque has a right to be built there and should be built there. While 9/11 was an horrific event visited upon us by a specific group of muslim extremist, all muslims should not be put in that category. I was witness to the planes striking the world trade center and saw them fall. I experienced the horror and fear first hand. The site of the world trade center should have a small memorial commemorating those who lost their lives but we should never forget that it was a center for commerce and should thrive as such once again. All of the surrounding buildings should be allowed to proceed in whatever business or religion the owners or renters want.

    October 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  35. Tina M

    I don't watch "The View" anymore because of these type of childish outbreaks from the commentators. They looked ridiculous walking out and Barbara just did her usual cover-it-over speech when she should have fired them from the show. That would mean paying off their contracts which she would never do. It's all about the money. I do not like Whoopi or her co-hort anyway so I expected as much based on Bill's last visit on "The View". Can't we find something better on TV to watch and support with our purchasing of advertisers products? Shame on you Barbara too.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  36. casey r

    Legally, yes, they've a right to build a mosque there. Is it in good taste? No. Is it a slap in the face of 9/11 victims and survivors? Yes, and I frankly don't care if you're Muslim, Islam, Hindu, Protestant or Catholic. It's disrespectful and shows a complete lack of common courtesy and taste.

    Re Bill O'Reilly, I appreciate his views. He speaks a lot of what I think and I admire him for that.

    October 21, 2010 at 7:09 am |