Fox News personality Bill O’ Reilly made no apologies for his “fiery debate” on Thursday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, as the right-wing pundit reinforced his stance on the proposed Ground Zero mosque that caused Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off during his appearance on The View earlier in the day.
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“I am often offensive, I think everyone knows that,” said O’ Reilly, whose fireworks with The View personalities ignited during a discussion about Park5, the planned mosque/ Muslim community center near Ground Zero.
On The View, O’ Reilly called the idea “inappropriate” and said he personally opposed it “because Muslims killed us on 9/11,” prompting an enraged Goldberg and Behar to temporarily storm off the set. ( Goldberg and Behar made the point that ‘Extremists’ were behind 9/11, not Muslims as a whole.)
In his “Talking Points Memo” Thursday night, O’ Reilly said that “no one I know wants to insult Muslims, but many are tired of the political correctness surrounding the 9/11 attack.
“Did we say, in World War II, ‘We were attacked by Japanese extremists?’ No,” he said. “We said we were attacked by Japanese.”
Behar, on her Headline News show Thursday, discussed the incident with her guest of the evening — another political lighting rod, former Minnesota Governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura.
“I thought he was saying something that I construe as hate speech, frankly,” Behar said, prompting Ventura to call O’Reilly “a spineless puke” and claim “the whole Fox [network] won’t have me on.”
Of the controversial exchange, The View told RadarOnline.com exclusively in a statement: “There is no comment or additional statement regarding today’s live broadcast of The View. The show speaks for itself. Thanks for your inquiry.”