Is The View cast fighting behind the scenes? Hosts Jedediah Bila and Whoopi Goldberg have gotten in some heated debates over the past few days. But they still maintain that they are friends off-camera.
The first tense discussion took place on Friday, when the women discussed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's plan to remove funding from Planned Parenthood. But Goldberg argued that this would only hurt the poor women who need health care the most.
"The myth of federal taxes paying for abortions has been discredited," she argued. "We’ve said it a million times. … The only people who are going to eat it when Planned Parenthood goes away are women who need the services."
But Bila, the lone conservative on the View panel, understood why right-wingers were wary of giving Planned Parenthood money. She said the debate isn't over whether the organization should exist, but over whether it should receive taxpayer dollars."People who are religious are donating to an organization that they feel condones and supports something that they don't. It's their money," she said.
Bila specifically brought up the now-discredited videos of supposed Planned Parenthood workers selling fetal organs. So Goldberg fired back, saying that the videos are "bulls--t!" She then said, "I'm sorry baby, I can't do this anymore. I can't do it."
Watch The View cast discuss Planned Parenthood below.
Bila and Goldberg then went at it again on Monday during a discussion of Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech. While most of the panel loved what Streep said, Bila admitted that she had to "turn off" the awards during Streep's comments.
"Not because I don't respect her right to an opinion, I think she's a phenomenally talented actress," Bila said. "When I turn on an award show, I don't want to be lectured about politics, climate change or the NRA or a left-wing issue or a right-wing issue. I want to appreciate your talent as an actor. I want to appreciate these films and I want to leave the politics out of it."
But Joy Behar felt that Streep was completely in the right to call out the President-elect. "Here's the thing, there's a lot of flack about how she's a celebrity and she shouldn't be political, which is something that you're indicating," Behar replied. "People don't like it when actors speak about politics however this country just elected a celebrity!"
Watch The View cast debate Meryl Streep's Golden Globe speech below.
Bila also somewhat defended Trump, saying that when he mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski back in 2015, he may not have been making fun of his disability. But Goldberg shot back, "The point is, [Trump] mocked a person, he's a mocker."
Still, despite these heated arguments, the cast members insist that there is no feuding on set. Back in November she told TV Insider, "We’re faking nothing. I would happily hang out with any of these women after work. Sara [Haines] has become like a sister to me. Whoopi still has me star struck, and even when we disagree she embraces me. Joy is one of the funniest people I know. I love all of them. Every single one. The people in Congress may not have respect for one another, but you sure see it on 'The View.' This show is a safe place to grow and blossom, regardless of your opinions."
Bila even previously said that she enjoys sitting next to more liberal panelists. "Part of the fun of life is being in a diverse climate where you're challenged, and where you're forced to think about who you are and what you stand for, and sometimes defend yourself, and sometimes say, 'Wait a minute, I hadn't thought about it like that. You've made me think,'" she told Bustle last month. "That's some of my favorite moments."
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