The View has been on the air for almost 25 years. The show has covered almost every hot-button topic imaginable. This has led to the many cohosts saying problematic and controversial things that have led to backlash, scandal, suspension, petitions, and more.
Here are some moments that sparked outrage and made headlines:
1.Most recently, when Whoopi Goldberg said the Holocaust was not about race:
2.When guest cohost Kelly Osbourne attempted to criticize Donald Trump's stance on immigration and wound up making this offensive statement:
3.When Joy Behar caused a huge backlash when she questioned why a Miss America contestant — who was talking about how she's a nurse — was holding a "doctor's stethoscope":
5.When former cohost Raven-Symoné controversially said that she would not hire someone with a different-sounding name, such as "Watermelondrea":
6.And when Raven victim-blamed a student who was violently attacked by a police officer:
7.When Whoopi said, "I know it wasn't 'rape-rape,' after Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor:
8.When former cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck consistently advocated against gay marriage:
9.When Raven tried to say a news anchor comparing first lady Michelle Obama to an animal wasn't racist:
10.When Whoopi defended Bill Cosby, who has been accused by dozens of women of rape:
11.When former cohost Meghan McCain emphasized that she was OK with people calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus," despite the surge of Asian hate during the pandemic:
12.When Elisabeth said Erin Andrews' Dancing With the Stars outfit was so "skimpy" that her stalker — who secretly filmed her naked — could've just waited to see her on the show:
13.When Joy revealed she dressed in blackface for Halloween when she was younger:
14.When former cohost Jedidiah Bila spewed anti-vax misinformation while reuniting on The View with Sunny Hostin:
15.When former cohost Sherri Shepherd said she'd never want her son to wear a dress:
16.When former cohost and show co-creator Barbara Walters defended Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexually abusing his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow:
17.When former cohost Candace Cameron Bure defended a baker who refused a gay couple a wedding cake:
Did we miss any? Let us know which controversial View moment you remember.
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