Whoopi Goldberg and co-host Jedediah Bila exchanged some words Wednesday morning on “The View,” when Goldberg cited Bill O’Reilly’s latest accusations that Hollywood is bullying President-elect Donald Trump and his famous supporters. The accusations come after the Trump Inauguration Committee has struggled to find anyone to perform at the Inauguration ceremonies.
Goldberg doubted O’Reilly’s claim, citing Ted Nugent as an example.
“If you don’t vote for people who don’t support you probably won’t get turned down as much,” she said. “I know that one of the people that supported Donald Trump was Ted Nugent. So, why isn’t Ted Nugent performing? He’s one of your big supporters. When you say things like, ‘We don’t need Beyonce to come out for us we got the people.’ That’s what you said, Donald Trump. Stop going after the lefties to come perform if you think it’s going to be an issue. Go after the people who supported you.”
Goldberg quickly cut in and said that it wasn’t the point at all. “If you want people to support you go after your supporters, don’t go after the people who clearly did not support you and label them as being bad,” she continued.
Co-host Joy Behar argued that the real sin of O’Reilly’s statements was to compare people not wanting to perform for Trump to “McCarthyism.”
Goldberg asked if she would name someone and Bila refused. “You can’t make those kinds of statements!” she exclaimed. “Listen, Elisabeth Hasselbeck sat on this show for a thousand years. She took so much flak from people she stood strong and she stood up. This is BS! It’s BS.”
She cited conservatives like Kelsey Grammer, who has been a conservative forever and yet Grammer doesn’t work with Scott Baio, and the two of them are conservatives. People like Scott Baio don’t get work because of many many other reasons, but not because of politics.
Bila tried to claim that on awards shows you see the left on full display, but Goldberg again said that it wasn’t the point.
“That’s not the point!” Goldberg exclaimed. “What he’s saying is that people are afraid to come out and say — I’m telling you — that’s a different — to me that’s a very different thing. When you’re talking about people coming to do the inauguration which is what he’s talking about and when you say it’s like McCarthyism, I have to yell BS.”
Behar asked why O’Reilly couldn’t do a dramatic reading from Killing Lincoln if he’s so concerned about entertainers performing.
Goldberg explained that she knows people in the middle and on both sides and “if you’re not up for that specific job you’re not going to get it.” It has nothing to do with politics.