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"The View" Has Been On For Almost 25 Years — Here Are 17 Times The Hosts Were Problematic As Hell

Whoopi is not the first or last to make controversial statements on the talk show.

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:

Here's a closer look at what Whoopi says in the second video about the Holocaust: "Well, this is white people doing it to white people. So, this is y'all go fight amongst yourselves."

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Whoopi apologized but was still suspended.

2. When guest cohost Kelly Osbourne attempted to criticize Donald Trump's stance on immigration and wound up making this offensive statement:

Sharon Osbourne’s daughter Kelly in 2015: “If you kick out all the Latinos who’s going to clean your toilets?”


Soon after, she apologized on Facebook, writing, "I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. It is my hope that this situation will open up a conversation about immigration and the Latin community as a whole."

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":

4. When Whoopi defended Mel Gibson, who has been notoriously antisemitic:

Whoopi Goldberg also defended her friend Mel Gibson for being an anti semite and also for saying the N word: "Mel Gibson is not racist; he is a bone head". Follow me for more news. #Whoopi #TheView

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5. When former cohost Raven-Symoné controversially said that she would not hire someone with a different-sounding name, such as "Watermelondrea":

Raven saying she's "very discriminatory against words like ... Watermelondrea" and is not gonna hire someone with those types of names

6. And when Raven victim-blamed a student who was violently attacked by a police officer:

Raven saying "the girl was told multiple times to get off the phone" and that although the office had "no right or reason" to do that, but also, "you gotta follow the rules in school"

7. When Whoopi said, "I know it wasn't 'rape-rape,' after Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor:

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8. When former cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck consistently advocated against gay marriage:

Elisabeth saying "Marriage is between a man and a woman"

9. When Raven tried to say a news anchor comparing first lady Michelle Obama to an animal wasn't racist:

Raven-Symoné doesn't think Rodner Figueroa comparing Michelle Obama to an ape was racist -- thoughts?


10. When Whoopi defended Bill Cosby, who has been accused by dozens of women of rape:

Whoopi saying "He has not been proven as a rapist!"

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:

Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended from ‘The View’ for two weeks to “reflect on her hurtful comments." Remember all those times Meghan McCain, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Tucker Carlson & the rest of the white MAGA GOP assholes were suspended from work? Me either🤷‍♂️


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:

Elisabeth saying if she's the stalker, she's like, "Man, I could've waited 12 weeks and seen ... a little bit less without the prison time"

13. When Joy revealed she dressed in blackface for Halloween when she was younger:

Joy saying "It was a Halloween party; I went as a beautiful African woman"

14. When former cohost Jedidiah Bila spewed anti-vax misinformation while reuniting on The View with Sunny Hostin:

Appearing remotely to promote her book, 'Dear Hartley,' former #TheView co-host @JedediahBila defends her position to not get vaccinated — which prevented her from being in-studio: "I am not anti-vax... However, I do oppose mandates."


15. When former cohost Sherri Shepherd said she'd never want her son to wear a dress:

Sherri saying how mad she'd be if a teacher let her son 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:

Barbara saying she's "rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving, and as caring as Woody is ... to these two girls; I don't know about Dylan"

17. When former cohost Candace Cameron Bure defended a baker who refused a gay couple a wedding cake:

"They have the right to refuse the service." - @candacecbure on bakery fined for denying lesbian couple wedding cake


Did we miss any? Let us know which controversial View moment you remember.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here