More details are coming out about what happened behind the scenes Thursday following the on-air throw down between Fox News personality Judge Jeanine Pirro and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
Pirro was a guest on “The View” to promote her new book “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy.”
Guest co-host Ana Navaro threw the first punch as soon as the book title was introduced saying, “I thought she was describing the Trump White House, ‘liars, leakers and liberals.’”
Pirro rolled with it with a smile despite, according to Page Six, not being pleased that the voraciously anti-Trump Navaro would be filling in for Joy Behar (who also happens to not be a fan of the 45th president).
Goldberg appeared exasperated, leaning back from the table when Pirro started listing Trump’s accomplishments including unemployment being lower than it has been in 50 years, record low unemployment numbers from for Hispanics (as she looked at Navaro) and African Americans, as well as the strong economic growth numbers.
“I need people to stop saying that,” Goldberg said, apparently referring to the minority unemployment rate figures, Pirro cited.
“Talk about Trump Derangement Syndrome,” Pirro responded, pointing to Goldberg.
“Listen, I don’t have Trump Derangement,” Goldberg shot back.
“Let me tell you what I have. I’m tired of people starting a conversation with, ‘Mexicans are liars and rapists,” she added. “Clearly, you don’t watch the show, so you don’t know that I don’t suffer from (Trump Derangement Syndrome).”
Goldberg abruptly ended the segment after a few more back-and-forths with the judge yelling, “What is horrible is when the president of the United States whips up people to beat the hell out of people! Say good-bye. I’m done!”
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Both Pirro and Goldberg confirmed that the fireworks did not conclude with their on-air exchange.
In an interview on “The Sean Hannity Show” later that day, Pirro said she tried to talk to Goldberg after the segment telling her, “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.”
“I’ll tell you Sean, I’ve been prosecutor, a judge for 30 years. I’ve sat on murder trials — I’d go toe-to-toe with anyone. I’ve tried murder cases, I’ve gone against drug cartels… I have never been treated like that in my life,” Pirro said. “I was stunned.”
The judge added on “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning clearly she had “triggered” Goldberg.
On “The View” on Friday, Goldberg denied spitting in Pirro’s face or that she chased her out of the building, but did admit to have some “choice words” for her.
“When I came offstage, I went over there, because I was a little hot, OK? So I went to calm down. She came off, she could have just passed me, she didn’t need to stop, but she stopped, and put a finger in my face, and said, ‘I’ve done more for victims than you ever will,’” Goldberg recalled.
.@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
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“Then I said to her some few choice words I cannot repeat,” Goldberg added. “Yes, I did say it, 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, she cursed at the guys who do the security for the show.”
Goldberg noted that she apologized to the audience for “getting hot” after the segment on Thursday, “It doesn’t happen often. Every 10 years it seems.”
Page Six reported Pirro plans to respond to Goldberg’s account on her Saturday evening program on Fox. It should be interesting.
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