An on-air confrontation between Fox News host Jeanine Pirro and Whoopi Goldberg of “The View” apparently continued off camera on Thursday, and both sides are telling very different stories.
The feud kicked off during Thursday's episode when Pirro accused hosts Goldberg and Ana Navarro of suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
But that confrontation didn't end when Goldberg said goodbye to Pirro as the show cut to commercial. Pirro appeared later that day on fellow Fox News host Sean Hannity's radio show, and by her account, she was confronted by Goldberg backstage:
“When I went off the stage, Sean, I’m walking downstairs and I said something like, 'Whoopi I fought for victims my whole life' and she came at me as I was leaving and she said ‘F you’ in my face – literally spitting at me, ‘F you, get the F out of this building.’ And I said to her, ‘did you just say that?’ She said that’s what I said, ‘get the F out of this building’ and she was screaming at me and I’m walking out of the building like a dog who was just kicked off.”
According to Whoopi Goldberg, Pirro's account of their interactions off camera don't tell the full story. Goldberg gave her recollection of the events on Friday's show.
“Unless you were under a rock yesterday, you know all about Jeanine Pirro's appearance here on the show,” she said.
Watch the video below, via ABC:
.@WhoopiGoldberg clears up what happened after our Jeanine Pirro interview: “I rarely get stirred up — but I got stirred up…and I did apologize for getting hot.”
“For 20 years, this show has always had people on with different views…but you cannot come and call people names." pic.twitter.com/7Cb5XWjpYc
— The View (@TheView) July 20, 2018
“She left a lot of pertinent stuff out,” Goldberg said of Pirro's story. “And there were a lot of people backstage, and I want to be very clear about what happened.”
Goldberg claimed that despite the abrupt manner in which Pirro's segment ended, it was not cut short. “She then called everybody at the table a name I cannot repeat on T.V., and said it in front of the audience,” Goldberg said.
The host accused Pirro of instigating their backstage confrontation, but conceded that she did use “some few choice words” in the exchange.
“Yes, I did say it,” Goldberg admitted. “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,” Goldberg said. “She cursed at the guys who do the security for the show.”
Goldberg finished her remarks by apologizing for losing her temper and acknowledged that the incident would likely be drawn out through Pirro's Fox News show on Saturday.
“You can come to this show, we treat everybody with respect,” she said. “But you cannot come and call people names.”