Joy Behar stirred outrage Thursday as The View host complained that the war in Ukraine will disrupt her Italian getaway in the latest controversy to hit the tone-deaf talk show.
The long-running gabfest was discussing Russia launching its full-scale invasion of Ukraine when Behar began to whine about her summer trip getting ruined. Behar’s foot-in-mouth moment comes on the heels of the global fury stirred by co-host Whoopi Goldberg after she said that Holocaust was ‘not about race.’
On Thursday, co-host Sunny Hostin, 53, laid out some of the facts regarding the warfare in eastern Europe, which saw mass evacuations of Kyiv after Vladimir Putin launched his all-out invasion on Ukraine.
‘Estimates are 50,000 Ukranians will be dead or wounded and this is going to start a refugee crisis in Europe. We’re talking about 5million people that are going to be displaced. It’s heartbreaking to hear what is going to happen.’
Behar, 79, tried to bring the discussion toward western Europe, specifically, her apparent plans to travel to Italy, located about 1,500 miles from where Russian forces were bombing its neighbor.
‘I’m scared of what’s going to happen in western Europe, too. You plan a trip, you want to go there, I’ve wanted to go to Italy for four years and I haven’t been able to make it because of the pandemic and now this. It’s like, what’s gonna happen there?’
Joy Behar complains during a discussion on the The View that the war breaking out between Ukraine and Russia that it will affect her trip to Italy
Behar was speaking in response to View co-host Sunny Hostin stating the facts that face the people of Ukraine
Footage shows large air assault operation with Mi-8 helicopters on Antonov International Airport in Hostomel 15 minutes west of the capital ring road
Social media quickly pounced on Behar’s apparent disregard for anyone else’s circumstances.
Broadcaster Liz Wheeler posted the video, writing: ‘I literally can’t believe Joy Behar said this.’
Ida Tavakoli added in: ‘You almost have to respect Joy Behar’s unwavering commitment toward ensuring that boomers are the most hated generation alive.’
NY Post and Fox News columnist Karol Markowicz asked: ‘Did Putin even stop to think how his invasion would affect Joy Behar’s trip to Italy?’
Sports commentator @KFCBarstool piled on: ‘The true horror of the worldwide pandemic and Russia invading Ukraine? Joy Behar hasn’t been able to take her trip to Italy. Thoughts and Prayers for Joy. We hope she makes it through this tragedy.’
This is just the most recent controversy for the decades-long ABC talk show.
Whoopi Goldberg made a surprise early return to The View on Monday, two days before her entire two-week suspension was set to end following global backlash over comments she made about the Holocaust last month.
The 66-year-old host missed just eight episodes after ABC announced it was benching the comedian for two weeks – presumably ten episodes – following her last broadcast on February 1, where she apologized for saying the Holocaust was ‘not about race’ on the previous day’s show.
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Whoopi Goldberg addresses viewers after making surprise appearance on ABC’s The View on Monday, two days before her two-week suspension was supposed to expire
Goldberg was in her usual seat The View with her co-hosts on Monday, her first episode since being suspended for two weeks following the February 1 show
Goldberg was placed on a two-week, unpaid suspension after the infamous January 31 episode by ABC boss Kim Godwin, who said she wanted to put an end to a ‘culture’ where The View host and her colleague Joy Behar could ‘say and do whatever they wanted’, insiders told DailyMail.com.
Goldberg had faced a revolt from staffers who felt she had crossed the line with her tone-deaf apology over her Holocaust comments.
She didn’t shy from the controversy upon her return.
‘It’s not always pretty, as I said, and it’s not always as other people would like to hear, but it is an honor to sit at this table and be able to have these conversations because they’re important,’ Goldberg said.
The controversy began when Whoopi claimed on-air that the Holocaust was ‘not about race.’ She posted a Twitter apology, then apologized on-air the next day on February 1 but was suspended after the show.
The outspoken host was due to lose $192,000 for the two-week suspension, sources told DailyMail.com.
Reactions on social media to her return were mixed, with many feeling the suspension was not enough of a punishment, and some going so far as to call for Goldberg’s firing.