via press release:
HOSTS OF “THE VIEW” TO REACT TO THEIR BILL O’REILLY INTERVIEW, LIVE, OCT. 18
Thursday’s Events Result in 10X the Amount of Normal Traffic to the Show’s Home Page,
Demand Online Led to Brief Site Outages
The popular hosts of ABC’s “The View” will weigh-in for the first time, live, Monday, Oct. 18 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on the events that transpired during Thursday’s live show, which caused a media firestorm. Host Joy Behar and moderator Whoopi Goldberg briefly walked off the set of their Emmy® award-winning talk show after a heated argument with Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly, when he said “Muslims killed us on 9-11.”
Creator/executive producer and co-host Barbara Walters addressed the audience: “I just want to say something to all of you. You have just seen what should not happen. We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and screaming and walking off stage. I love my colleagues, but it should not have happened.”
Walters then turned to O’Reilly and said “Now let me just say to you in a calmer voice. It was extremists. You cannot take a whole religion and demean them. She told O’Reilly he should apologize, and he later said “if anyone felt that I was demeaning all Muslims, I apologize,” causing Behar and Goldberg to reemerge from backstage and rejoin the panel.
Users flooded the web site of “The View” to watch the O’Reilly segment and comment on site’s message boards. On Thursday, the site averaged 10 times its normal traffic in terms of unique visitors, which led to brief intermittent outages. Thursday’s show can be viewed in its entirety on ABC.com’s Full Episode Player and the O’Reilly segment can be seen at http://theview.abc.go.com/videos.
Today’s broadcast of “The View” was previously recorded.
Scheduled guests for the week of Oct. 18-22 are as follows (subject to change):
MONDAY, OCT. 18 – Surprise audience giveaway; first guest appearance from Levi Johnston (“Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor’s Office”); co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck have their first mammograms.
TUESDAY, OCT. 19 – Guest co-host First Lady of California, Maria Shriver; first guest appearance from Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”); Arianna Huffington (author, Third World America).
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20 – Guest co-host Patricia Heaton (ABC’s “The Middle”); Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, makes her second appearance on “The View” as part of the show’s “Red, White & View: The Women” campaign; musical guest Rod Stewart; personal trainer to some of Hollywood’s elite, Tracy Anderson.
THURSDAY, OCT. 21 – Guest co-host Patricia Heaton (ABC’s “The Middle”); Elton John, Leon Russell and T. Bone Burnett perform; couple voted off ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
FRIDAY, OCT. 22 – First guest appearance from Elizabeth Warren, named special adviser by President Barack Obama, for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during a new installment of “Bank on ‘The View’”; Tyler Perry (“For Colored Girls”); “‘The View: Fashion Friday” with featured celebrity guest designer Isaac Mizrahi; Dr. Steven Lamm discusses the medical debate over the existence of male menopause.
“The View” features Daytime Emmy Award-winning hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. It’s the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations. “The View,” broadcast in HDTV and produced in 2-channel stereo sound, is now available to watch online daily at 4:00 p.m., ET/1:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Digital Full Episode Player at ABC.com. “The View” is produced by ABC Daytime and Ms. Walters’ Barwall Productions, with Ms. Walters serving as executive producer along with Bill Geddie, who also serves as executive producer for “The Barbara Walters Specials.” “The View” is directed by Mark Gentile. For breaking news and updated videos follow “The View” (@theviewtv) and hosts Barbara Walters (@BarbaraJWalters), Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar), Elisabeth Hasselbeck (@ehasselbeck) and Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) on Twitter.™