Joy Behar sparked outrage Thursday when The View host complained that the war in Ukraine would ruin her trip to Italy in the latest controversy that landed on a silent talk show.
The lingering fuss was discussing the start of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine when Behar began whining about her summer trip being cancelled. Behar’s “foot in the mouth” moment comes on the heels of global fury sparked by co-host Whoopi Goldberg after she said the Holocaust was “not about race.”
On Thursday, co-host Sunny Hostyn, 53, laid out some of the facts about the military operations in Eastern Europe, where there has been a mass evacuation of Kiev after Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“It is estimated that 50,000 Ukrainians will be killed or injured and this will lead to a refugee crisis in Europe. We are talking about 5 million people who will be displaced. It’s heartbreaking to hear what’s going to happen.”
Behar, 79, tried to turn the discussion to Western Europe, in particular her apparent plans to travel to Italy, about 1,500 miles from where Russian troops bombed the neighboring country.
“I am also afraid of what will happen in Western Europe. You plan a trip, you want to go there, I wanted to go to Italy for four years and could not get there because of the pandemic, and this. Like what will be there?
Joy Behar complains during a discussion on The View that the war between Ukraine and Russia will affect her trip to Italy.
Behar spoke in response to View co-host Sunny Hosting laying out the facts facing the people of Ukraine.
The footage shows a major air assault operation using Mi-8 helicopters at Antonov International Airport in Gostomel, 15 minutes west of the capital’s ring road.
Social media quickly fell upon Behar’s apparent disregard for other people’s circumstances.
Television presenter Liz Wheeler posted the video, writing, “I literally can’t believe Joy Behar said that.”
Ida Tavakoli added, “You almost have to respect Joy Behar’s unwavering commitment to ensuring boomers are the most hated generation alive.”
NY Post and Fox News columnist Karol Markovic asks, “Have Putin ever considered how his invasion will affect Joy Behar’s trip to Italy?”
Sports commentator @KFCBarstool added: “The real horror of the global pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Joy Behar couldn’t go to Italy. Thoughts and prayers for joy. We hope she survives this tragedy.”
This is just the latest controversy in decades of ABC talk shows.
Whoopi Goldberg returned unexpectedly early to The View on Monday, two days before her two-week ban was due to end due to the global backlash over comments she made about the Holocaust last month.
The 66-year-old host missed just eight episodes after ABC announced it would suspend the comedian for two weeks – presumably ten episodes – after her last broadcast on Feb. 1, where she apologized for saying the Holocaust “wasn’t associated with race. the previous day’s show.
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Whoopi Goldberg addresses viewers after a surprise appearance on ABC’s The View on Monday, two days before her two-week ban expires.
Goldberg was at her usual The View spot with her co-hosts on Monday, her first episode since it was suspended for two weeks after the show on February 1st.
Goldberg was suspended for two weeks without pay following the infamous January 31 episode in which ABC chief Kim Godwin said she wanted to end a “culture” in which The View host and co-star Joy Behar could “say and do.” whatever they want,” insiders told .
Goldberg faced uprisings from employees who felt she had crossed the line with her hollow apologies for her comments about the Holocaust.
She did not shy away from controversy upon her return.
“It’s not always pretty, like I said, and it’s not always the way other people would like to hear, but I’m honored to sit at this table and be able to have these conversations because they’re important,” Goldberg said.
The controversy began when Whoopi stated on air that the Holocaust was “racially unrelated”. She posted an apology on Twitter and the following day, February 1, she apologized on air, but was put on hold after the show.
The outspoken host was set to lose $192,000 for the two-week suspension, according to sources.
Social media reactions to her return were mixed, with many feeling the suspension was not enough punishment, with some going so far as to call for Goldberg to be fired.