As NewsBusters reported yesterday, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro got into a little bit of a dust-up with Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday’s edition of The View. Goldberg abruptly ended the segment not longer after Pirro accused her of suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
During an appearance on Hannity Thursday night, Pirro explained that the situation did not get much better after she tried to leave the studio. Pirro described an altercation she had with Goldberg, where “she started cursing at me.” Host Sean Hannity encouraged Pirro to “tell everybody what she said without saying it.” According to Pirro, she said “F you” and repeatedly asked her to “get the F out of this building!”
Pirro appeared on The View to promote her new book Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against The Anti-Trump Conspiracy. Pirro told Hannity “there was one segment which I thought was rather civil,” but noted that after the second segment, she “was literally thrown off the set.”
Goldberg cut off Pirro as she asked “Whoopi, you know what’s horrible? When people who shouldn’t be here end up murdering the children of American citizens. What’s horrible…” Goldberg interrupted, “You know what’s horrible? When the President of the United States whips up people to beat the hell out of people. Say goodbye!”
At that point, Pirro realized that the segment had come to a premature end, so she left the stage and ended up running into Goldberg. Pirro had no desire to continue the on-air bickering off stage, as she said something to the effect of “Whoopi, I fought for victims my whole life.” Goldberg, on the other hand, did not appear interested in letting bygones be bygones. Pirro described how the confrontation went down:
“F you. F you.” And I said, “Whoopi did you just say F you?” I mean, she was right here. And then she said, “get the F out of this building!” And she yelled at me again, “Get the F out of this building!” And I felt like I was less than dirt. I couldn’t believe that I went there to have a conversation. I got thrown off the set, thrown out of the building, and as I walked away, she’s yelling at me, “get the F out of this building!” Sean, it’s sad. What these people have turned into is sad. What is happening?
Hannity then attempted to answer Pirro’s question: “What’s happening is they can’t handle that they lost, they can’t seem to handle that the world’s changed.” He also noted how “the ratings are way, way down from what it used to be. And the fact that they can’t have a civil conversation with you is part of the reason.” Hannity concluded the segment by telling his colleague “I am sorry you went through that. Thanks for sharing it. You didn’t deserve it, by the way.”
For her part, Goldberg admitted that she directed some “choice words” at Pirro when opening Friday’s edition of The View but alleged that “she seemed to leave out some key points” and “left a lot of pertinent stuff out.” According to Goldberg, the Fox News host “called everybody at the table a name I cannot repeat on TV” and “cursed at the guys who do the security for the show.”
Pirro did admit during her appearance on Hannity that the presence of Navarro, a CNN commentator, on the panel caught her off guard, telling Hannity “I turned to Ana Navarro, from CNN, no one told me someone from CNN was going to be a host, which I thought was kind of fascinating.”
The Goldberg-Pirro feud will likely continue into Saturday’s edition of Judge Jeanine’s Fox News show, Justice With Judge Jeanine. Regardless of what really happened behind the scenes at The View on Thursday, it looks like civil discourse in America shows no signs of making a comeback.
A transcript of the relevant segment of Thursday night’s edition of Hannity is below. Click “expand” to read more.
SEAN HANNITY: Earlier today, things got very heated on “The View” when Whoopi Goldberg rudely ended a segment with our own Judge Jeanine Pirro; threw her off the set. Take a look.
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WHOOPI GOLDBERG: There’ve been a lot of people in office that I didn’t agree with, but I have never, ever seen anything like this. I’ve never seen anybody whip up such hate, I’ve never seen anybody be so dismissive.
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GOLDBERG: How long has the deep state been there and who is running it?
JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO: Well, I want to answer your question because you gave…
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I didn’t ask you a question…
PIRRO: You headed your opening statement, which was how horrible it is, that Donald Trump is talking about all…
GOLDBERG: No, no, that’s what you said…
PIRRO: Whoopi, you know what’s horrible? When people who shouldn’t be here end up murdering the children of American citizens. What’s horrible…
GOLDBERG: You know what’s horrible? When the President of the United States whips up people to beat the hell out of people. Say goodbye!
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HANNITY: All right, here now is the author of the brand new book, “Liars, Leakers, Liberals: The Case Against The Anti-Trump Conspiracy,” you see her every Saturday night, 9 Eastern, right here on Fox, hello, Judge Jeanine Pirro. Anything going on in your life today?
PIRRO: You know, I’ll tell you, Sean. I got an invitation to go on “The View” to talk about my new book, “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals.” And I accepted the invitation. I was happy to respond to their request. There was one segment which I thought was rather civil, I mean, they clearly are of a particular bent, but it was in the second segment that you just played where I literally was thrown off the set. Whoopi Goldberg, you know, basically said, “I’m done,” she pulled the plug off and walked away. But it didn’t end there, Sean. And I think the sad part about all this is that, you know, I said in the first segment, we need to start talking to each other. We need to start having a conversation. People who ostensibly hate each other and the irony is that I said that about 2 minutes before she started. And I just felt that today was a microcosm of what is happening in America as the left suffers from this Trump Derangement Syndrome; shuts the right down, doesn’t allow you to talk, she asks me a question and then yells at me, yells about Donald Trump, yells about, when I try to answer, she continued to yell. But it didn’t end there, Sean. What happened was I realized the segment was over, I got up, and I just started, I left the stage going downstairs and I saw her and I had to walk by her and I said, “Whoopi, I fought for victims my whole life,” something like that, and she started cursing at me.
HANNITY: What did she say?
PIRRO: She was this close to me.
HANNITY: Tell everybody what she said without saying it.
PIRRO: She said…
HANNITY: Blank you.
PIRRO: “F you. F you.” And I said, “Whoopi did you just say F you?” I mean, she was right here. And then she said, “get the F out of this building!” And she yelled at me again, “Get the F out of this building!” And I felt like I was less than dirt. I couldn’t believe that I went there to have a conversation. I got thrown off the set, thrown out of the building, and as I walked away, she’s yelling at me, “get the F out of this building!” Sean, it’s sad. What these people have turned into is sad. What is happening?
HANNITY: What’s happening is they can’t handle that they lost, they can’t seem to handle that the world’s changed. The worst part, I think, for those on the left is that the President’s success is causing them to go even more insane because, remember, there was supposed to be this big blue tidal wave, but the economy setting record numbers, I can’t wait till the end of next week, I think we get second quarter GDP. Estimates are it’s going to be pretty good, maybe even as high as 4 percent, which, you know, Barack Obama never had in eight years of his presidency. 13 million more Americans on food stamps, 8 million more in poverty. And the President’s getting results. But there is no doubt it’s a divided country. I’ve known Whoopi for years. I watched the show, frankly, it’s become unwatchable, and the ratings are way, way down from what it used to be. And the fact that they can’t have a civil conversation with you is part of the reason.
PIRRO: Well, you know, Sean, I have co-hosted that show in the past, and during the break between the first and second segment, I looked over at Whoopi and I said, “how are you? I haven’t seen you in a while,” and I said, you know, “are you still doing something that we used to do together?” And she said no, And then I turned to Ana Navarro, from CNN, no one told me someone from CNN was going to be a host, which I thought was kind of fascinating.
HANNITY: I hope you said fake news.
PIRRO: And you know, I tried a conversation. And all of a sudden, when we came back into the second block, it was…all hell broke loose, and I have to tell you, Sean, we deserve better. We deserve better than to be berated because we may support the President.
HANNITY: Hey, Judge. Judge, look at what happened to Pam Bondi, Secretary Nielsen, Sarah Sanders, look at the covers that I just showed our audience in my opening monologue tonight; severed heads, dead Presidents at the end of escalators now. It is, the left is unhinged, they don’t have a plan to offer the American people, all they have is innuendo, name-calling, the typical playbook, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic. They don’t have any agenda to improve the lives of people, not a good time to be a Democrat.
PIRRO: But the scary…the scary part is people are going to think this is normal. You know, I wasn’t just in a restaurant, I was invited to go there and speak. This is, this is where people start to copy what other people are doing and dwhat Americans need…
HANNITY: It’s getting dangerous out there. It’s getting dangerous for a lot of people. Everybody needs to take a deep breath. You know what, there’s an election coming up, focus on the next election. Focus on your candidate and maybe, I don’t even want…don’t change. Just keep being as dumb as they are. That will be perfect. All right, Judge, I am sorry you went through that. Thanks for sharing it. You didn’t deserve it, by the way. The book, “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals” is out in bookstores.
A transcript of Whoopi Goldberg’s remarks on Friday’s edition of The View is below:
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: So unless you were under a rock yesterday, you know all about Jeanine Pirro’s appearance here on the show. And things got hot on the air, which we expect. That happens a lot. But I want to clear up what happened afterwards because she talked about it on Fox News last night and Fox and Friends this is morning or “The Five” or whatever it is.
But she seemed to leave out some key points. Because…well, she left a lot of pertinent stuff out. And there were a lot of people backstage. And I want to be very clear about what happened. So there’s a lot of spinning that she’s doing. And I can’t do anything about that but I can tell you what went on. She was upset when she got here because Ana Navarro was here instead of Joy. And after the segment, which ended when it was supposed to. It was not early. It was not late. It ended when it was supposed to. She then called everybody at the table a name I cannot repeat on TV and said it in front of the audience.
When I came off stage, I went over there, because I was a little hot. Okay? So I went to calm down. She came off, she could have just passed me. She didn’t need to stop. But she stopped. And put her finger in my face. And yelled, “I’ve done more for victims than you ever will!” Then I said to her some few choice words I cannot repeat. Yes, I did say it. I did say it. But I did not spit on her. I did not intimidate her. No one chased her out of here, saying “get out.” But she did leave here cursing at the people who booked the show. She cursed at the guys who do the security for the show.
So, I did say to her in the middle of all of this. You and I have never had a problem before. You know. And then I had to go back to work the finish the show, which should tell you, none of us were chasing her because we still had another segment to do. So for 20 years, this show has always had people on with different views, like Newt Gingrich, Corey Lewandowski, Charlotte Pence, Sarah Sanders, Trey Gowdy, Dana Perino, Jenna and Barbara Bush.
Jeanine, good luck with your book. I hear it’s number one. I preferred your last book about Robert Durst. But there’s no accounting for taste, you know. I like the book. I suspect this is going to go on. Because she has a show on Saturday and stuff. But look. You can come to this show. We treat everybody with respect. But you cannot come and call people names. You cannot point at people. And cow can’t do this to people. And people who know Jeanine know exactly what I'm talking about. They know she likes to stir it I rarely get stirred up. I got stirred up yesterday. I did apologize for getting hot. I said, it didn’t happen often. Every ten years it seems.