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Sometimes the hosts of the ABC talk show “The View” can stun their own audience. And that is what happened this week after host Joy Behar actually sided with Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“I was attacked in a restaurant tonight by an insane women and screamed at by her adult son. They had no respect for the restaurant or the staff or the other people dining or people like me who simply have different political views. They are self righteous, insane, and completely out of control. I was sitting at my table, working with my staff, and never even noticed these people until they turned into demons. People used to respect others even if they had different views. But not anymore. Our country is gone,” the representative said on Tuesday on Twitter.
I was attacked in a restaurant tonight by an insane women and screamed at by her adult son.
They had no respect for the restaurant or the staff or the other people dining or people like me who simply have different political views.
They are self righteous, insane, and… https://t.co/cJWLIAKiyp
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 28, 2023
The representative did not say what restaurant the incident occurred at or what was said to her.
On Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” Behar stood by her side and said nobody “should be going up to any of us, anybody in public, and harassing us.”
“I have to say, I’m on Marjorie’s side for this one. Because I don’t believe that anybody should be going up to any of us, anybody in public, and harassing us and that goes for you, too, Marjorie, because you were harassing AOC and you were stalking David Hogg, the kid that survived the Parkland shooting,” the host said before co-host Sunny Hostin gave her opinion.
“I didn’t like that experience, and I don’t think she [Greene] should experience it. But she’s this professional troller, you know, she was disrespectful to the President of the United States during the State of the Union, she heckles people all the time. I need more information on this,” Hostin said as if those actions justify being attacked.
“What does she mean by attack?” she said before Behar stopped her.
“Let’s take her word for it, in this case… totally agree with her, it’s incorrect, it’s wrong. It’s not okay,” she said.
And she is correct. Regardless of a person’s politics it is not OK to harass and attack them. With sites like Facebook and Twitter you can disagree with a politician, and tell them your concerns, in a safe manner.
Joy Behar defends Marjorie Tayor Greene on the reported restaurant harassment incident.
"I'm on Marjorie's side for this one because I don't believe that anybody should be going up to any of us, anybody in public, and harassing us."
She also called out MTG's own incidents pic.twitter.com/eaZ4LeubDa
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) February 28, 2023
Last month actor Liam Neeson appeared on the ABC talk show “The View” and he was not impressed with the antics of the hosts. He was there last Wednesday to promote his new movie “Marlowe,” and thought that he would have a chat about important topics with the hosts. But he was disappointed that the focus of the show was on co-host Joy Behar’s crush on him.
“I was in the dressing room drinking a cup of tea, turned the TV up, and I thought, ‘oh, this will be great.’ They’re talking about gun violence in America, and I agree that it’s an American problem,” he said to Rolling Stone. “I go onstage and join the ladies during the break, and I was congratulating them on this discussion. And then our segment starts and it’s just all this BS with Joy and Liam Neeson and having a crush, and I’ve know Whoopi for years and Joy a little bit, but I just wasn’t impressed.”
“I’m uncomfortable in those situations, you know?” he said. “One of the ladies [Sunny Hostin] is a prosecutor and we had a little chat afterward and it was a good, intelligent conversation, but then the segment’s all about this – off – thirteen, fourteen-year-old crush. It’s just a bit embarrassing.”
“[Joy] will believe anything that you say because it’s no secret that Joy thinks you’re the hottest and the greatest ever,” Hostin said to the actor. “And in case there was any doubt, we have a few times she’s brought you up over the years, I think we have some video.”
The show then played a video montage of Behar commenting on her crush.
“I have… I’m sorry, I’m speechless at this point,” Behar said. “How embarrassing when they put them all together like that!”