Times The View Hosts Completely Lost It On Camera

The View has been keeping children who are home sick from school entertained during cartoon commercial breaks since 1997. But it wasn't until those kids grew up into adults that they finally realized what the yelling was all about. The daytime chat series serves up the perfect recipe for chaos by mixing staunch republicans with liberal trailblazers from a variety of backgrounds. It's impossible for them to always agree, and, on the best days (or the worst, depending on one's character), it results in a full-on verbal brawl.

Throughout the years, hosts have filtered in and out and in again (looking at you, Rosie O'Donnell), but the heated discussions have always remained the show's grounding force. Well, that and Joy Behar. From Barbara Walters' hard-hitting questions to Whoopi Goldberg's foul mouth, you never quite know what's going to happen when a hot-button issue gets brought to the table. Sometimes it's a real test of endurance, like when the hosts were forced to entertain an insane conspiracy from a future president. Other times, a cringe-worthy misstep called for a public apology. But these segments all have one thing in common: The View's hosts totally lost it on camera. Trust us — there's nothing like watching Walters tear into someone!

Whoopi Goldberg battles it out over racism

In a 2014 episode of The View, a heated discussion about racism in America ended in a screaming match involving Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez, and guest host Laverne Cox. The group was mulling over Barack and Michelle Obama's interview in People which detailed the former first family's experiences with racism. Goldberg was on the side of stupidity — that those who could mistake the president as a valet were "dumb folks who just say dumb stuff because they're not looking or paying attention." However, none of Goldberg's co-hosts agreed, aside from Nicolle Wallace.

Cox passionately explained how racism is systemic and "it is racist when black folks are followed around stores and profiled." Perez claimed the racism was "subconscious" and shared an experience of her sister being asked to "clean the table" in a swanky VIP lounge. O'Donnell, whose eyes were at risk of popping out of her head and rolling off set, shouted, "Democrats are racist too. It's our cultural history." But Goldberg was having none of it. In a clip shared by Jezebel, Goldberg fired back at O'Donnell and said, "Listen! You are a white lady telling me what is racist to you." O'Donnell yelled, "You do not have to be black to know what racism is," and, eventually, Goldberg just ended the segment with, "Kick my butt and keep your tweets to yourself." The whole thing seems lifted out of a bizarrely political episode of Jerry Springer rather than The View.

Rosie Perez takes on Raven-Symone

Though The View has been around since the '90s, some of the co-hosts apparently haven't yet gotten the memo that likening a black woman to a primate is never not racist. The discussion, which received gasps from the audience, centered around Univision host Rodner Figueroa, who was fired after comparing Michelle Obama's appearance to a cast member from Planet of the Apes. Leave it to Raven-Symoné to fiercely defend the example of not-so-casual racism.

Rosie Perez launched the discussion with a bold statement: "There is a secret in the Latin community. ... That they are very racist. They never want to be in the same group as black people." But Symoné argued that Figueroa didn't make the comment in a racist way (apparently, she thinks there are other ways to say it). Perez started screaming, "That's like saying I'm not a racist, but I have black friends," and she rejected her fellow View host's efforts to brush it off. 

Perez ended up finally putting her foot down in a near-meltdown. "I am the Latin person here on this table and I would like to tell you that it was racist. Period," she said, adding, "You do not disrespect the First Lady of our country." Symoné still tried to defended Figueroa, claiming some people do look like animals, but Whoopi Goldberg was quick to shut it down. Clearly, Raven didn't retain any of the clairvoyance of her Disney Channel days.

The fight that made Rosie O'Donnell quit

Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck rarely see eye to eye. According to The Hollywood Reporter, their long-running feud was still kicking as of 2014, though it moved from the talk show to Twitter because it's the age of social media. Still, few TV fights are as infamous as O'Donnell and Hasselbeck's 2007 screaming match about the Iraq War. It was more cutting than Lauren Conrad's "I want to forgive you and I want to forget you" comment that shook the early aughts. It was also as wild as an episode of Maury, and, according to Broadly, it ultimately led to O'Donnell's exit from the show.

The battle commenced when O'Donnell slammed Hasselbeck for calling Iraq "our enemy" when they never attacked American troops, but it quickly veered away from the war and got uncomfortably personal. By this point, O'Donnell seemed exhausted about her treatment in the press. The comedian confronted Hasselbeck about how she failed to defend her when conservative news outlets misconstrued her words.

"You are my friend since September. Do you believe that I think our troops are terrorists? And you would not even look me in the face, Elisabeth, and say, 'No, Rosie,'" she said, adding, "Every time I defend [my thoughts], it's poor little Elisabeth that I'm picking on."

The back and forth got so intense that producers split the screen and both Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd pretended to walked off set just to break the tension.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck cried on air

Hasselbeck may have endured the elements on Survivor, but The View is an entirely different beast. In 2008, a heated argument about a racial slur caused Hasselbeck to break down into tears.

According to The Huffington Post, Whoopi Goldberg had been repeatedly using the n-word earlier in the broadcast. During the segment, she advocated for saying the racial slur and claimed it was only as powerful as society made it. Hasselbeck felt like her co-host's use of the word made it impossible to teach her children not to say it and that the two races don't "live in different worlds." Goldberg fired back and accused Hasselback of not listening and understanding black issues. Hasselbeck then delivered a teary-eyed statement while Barbara Walters advised her to "take a breath and let someone else talk."

"When we live in a world where pop culture then uses that term, and we're trying to get to a place where we feel like we're in the same place, where we feel like we're in the same world," she asked, "how are we supposed to then move forward if we keep using terms that bring back that pain?"

Kelly Osbourne talks Donald Trump's toilets

It's pretty clear that Rosie Perez and Kelly Osbourne share similar feelings about President Donald Trump. Despite this, a misguided joke pit the two View stars against each other.

The argument erupted during a 2015 segment in which the hosts were discussing Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants. Osbourne remarked, "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?"

Perhaps Osbourne was referring to the dozens of low-wage foreign workers Trump hired at Mar-a-Lago, as reported by Fox News, but her delivery was less than eloquent. Perez, who is Latina, let out an audible cringe along with the rest of America watching the trainwreck unfold. Perez noted that "Latinos are not the only people" doing that kind of work, while Osborne backpedaled with, "Come on. You know I would never mean it like that. I'm not part of this argument."

Osbourne later issued an apology for her comment. She claimed to have "learned a very valuable lesson." Perez also apologized for taking Osbourne's comment the wrong way. At least they managed to smooth it over behind the scenes, unlike Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell's alleged commercial break meltdown the year prior.

Meghan McCain freaks out at Sunny Hostin

It might not have quite been like O'Donnell and Hasselbeck's fight, but Meghan McCain's clapback at Sunny Hostin in a 2018 episode was unnecessarily aggressive and notably uncomfortable.

The segment focused on the highly polarizing topic of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. According to ESPN, Trump had threatened to change tax laws that benefit the NFL, and team owners voted to ban the practice of kneeling on the field. McCain, whose father was largely considered a war hero, was the only host to fully support the ban.

Joy Behar poignantly noted that Trump's rage about the topic was frightening, saying, "It's like why does that make you so angry?" McCain claimed that Trump has been "angry and irrational" about a lot of different things, but she'd "never be okay with someone not saluting the flag." She continued by rattling off statistics before she was briefly interrupted by Sunny Hostin. This triggered a near-meltdown.

McCain started screaming, "I'm still talking. I'm still talking. I'm still speaking!" Whoopi Goldberg, the arguable patron saint of The View feuds, brought the whole thing to a screeching halt. "Not anymore. We'll be right back," she snapped, and it was off to a commercial break.

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walk out on Bill O'Reilly

Years before Bill O'Reilly was a disgraced Fox News host, he was a regular Fox News host who proudly touted his controversial views about Muslims on The View. His appearance in a 2010 episode sparked a verbal brawl so heated that both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off the set.

During the segment, O'Reilly was discussing a Muslim community center that was supposed to be erected two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan. He claimed, "70 percent of Americans don't want that mosque down there," but Behar urged him to show the poll from which he was drawing those stats. But he did no such thing. Instead, he claimed the mosque was inappropriate because "Muslims killed us on 9/11." Goldberg shouted a bleeped-out expletive and stormed off with Behar. Barbara Walters managed to keep her cool and scolded O'Reilly like he was a misbehaving child (the real marker of a terrible viewpoint).

Goldberg is known for stoking the fire on set, but the situation had to be particularly awful for Behar to leave in anything other than jest. Years later, Bill O'Reilly vowed to never appear on The View again, but we're guessing he just wasn't actually invited.

The gang take on Donald Trump

Long before Donald Trump moved into the White House, he was a reality TV host who snagged airtime by touting a ridiculous, disproven conspiracy theory online. Naturally, he eventually wound up on The View.

In 2011, during what CNN considers the height of Trump's "birther" obsession, the reality TV star went on air to explain why he thought President Barack Obama was hiding his birth certificate. He started the segment by claiming he was "a really good student at the best school" and "like a smart guy" (though that reportedly contradicts what United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis has reportedly said about him). He continued by then making the outrageous claim that no one from Obama's childhood in Hawaii remembered him and that there must be something on the birth certificate that Obama "doesn't like."

By this point, The View's co-hosts were already yelling over Trump about how "terrible" his claims were. That's when Whoopi Goldberg remarked, "I think that's the biggest pile of dog mess I've heard in ages" and alleged that the conspiracy theory was racist. Even Barbara Walters was shouting by the end. Trump later called up Fox News to say it was insulting that Goldberg played the race card. Was she wrong, though?

Ann Coulter gives Whoopi a case of the giggles

For many of us, rolling our eyes is an involuntary action that only occurs when something is so unfathomably idiotic our eyes revolt against watching it happen. Whoopi Goldberg took the eye roll one step further and graduated into a full-on laughing fit — one so severe that it could only be subdued by Joy Behar changing the subject.

During a 2017 segment, Goldberg struggled to contain her laughter while conservative pundit Ann Coulter tried to convince her that Donald Trump wasn't a liar. Coulter claimed the former reality TV star was an "exaggerator" and we should be pointing our fingers at Hillary Clinton instead.

"No, he doesn't lie. He's a BS-er; he's an exaggerator," claimed Coulter. Goldberg giggled back, "What do you think BS is, baby?" Coulter then launched into a detailed explanation of the difference between a lie and "BS," while Behar blankly stared in disbelief. If you ask us, the entire segment deserved an Emmy for Behar's face alone.

According to CNN, President Trump lied more than 3,000 times in 466 days, though that may or may not be fake news if you're asking Coulter.

Jeanine Pirro gets booted from The View

It should be obvious that accusing a TV host of "derangement" of any kind would probably get you booted from the show. Nonetheless, Judge Jeanine Pirro pushed forward during an appearance on the The View to promote her book Liars, Leakers and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy.

In the segment, Pirro accused Goldberg of having "Trump Derangement Syndrome," which Urban Dictionary (via CNN) describes as "a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump." Goldberg fired back, "Listen, I don't have Trump derangement. Let me tell you what I have. ... I'm tired of people starting a conversation with 'Mexicans are liars and rapists.'" Pirro then snapped about how it's horrible when "people who shouldn't be here" murder American children. Um, it's horrible when anyone murders any children. 

Goldberg finally broke down, and the segment ended with her screaming, "Say goodbye. I'm done."

According to The Hill, Pirro claimed that Goldberg spit in her face and kicked her out of the building following her appearance. Goldberg clarified what happened in a later episode of The View (via People). She claimed Pirro was upset that anti-Trump CNN strategist Ana Navarro had filled in for Joy Behar. When the segment ended at its scheduled time (not before or after), Goldberg said Pirro "called everybody at the table a name I cannot repeat on TV" and pointed in her face.

A lying sack of dog mess

Barbara Walters is an accomplished journalist who's been nominated for 31 Daytime Emmy awards. She's about as professional as it gets, and you can always count on her to remain cool under pressure. But The View is an entirely different beast that can stoke a fire in even the iciest, most air-conditioned studio in Hollywood. If there's one thing that strikes a nerve in Walters, it's a lack of journalistic integrity, and she couldn't help but voice her concern with Glenn Beck. With Whoopi Goldberg at her side, Walters was ready to give a verbal whooping.

In a 2009 segment, Walters and Goldberg grilled Glenn Beck after he allegedly lied on the radio about an encounter they'd had before the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Goldberg straight-up went for calling him a "lying sack of dog mess." Walters got heated about him failing to check his facts as a reporter and refused to let it slide. The conversation continued in a second segment where Walters asked Beck about his convictions. The whole exchange read like when an angry parent calmly asks if you're telling the truth, but they've already found the evidence against you. No one wants a miffed Barbara Walters looking into the darkest corners of their soul, but, hey, that's the risk of sitting down at The View's table.