August 5th, 2010
12:58 PM ET
It looks like one woman’s "light touch" is enough to make another woman cry, and that seems to be what happened on "The View" Wednesday.
Things got heated on ABC's daytime show – although, at this point, that may go without saying – when Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd sat down with the “Real Housewives of Washington D.C.” to chat about the new season.
As the conversation veered towards a disagreement between Michaele Salahi and another “Housewife,” Goldberg exited backstage, touched Salahi on what appears to be her back from the video (judge for yourself by watching the clip here), and, according to Goldberg's recap of the events Thursday, said, “can you get back the White House please?”
Michaele Salahi then alleged after the show that not only was she treated "very poorly" by the hosts of “The View,” but also that Goldberg had touched her with more aggression than what ABC describes as a "light touch."
“During pointed questioning about an unrelated incident where Ms. Salahi had been called 'anorexic' (also untrue), Whoopi Goldberg came from backstage behind Ms. Salahi, shook her arm, and told her to move on and talk about the White House,” said the Salahis' attorney, Lisa Bloom, in a statement.
“This was startling to Ms. Salahi, as...Whoopi Goldberg was not part of the segment. Ms. Behar and Ms. Shepherd were conducting the interview, so it was up to them to “move along” to whatever topics they chose… Ms. Salahi was surprised and unnerved (as anyone would be) that someone would come up from behind on live TV and tell her to stop answering the question that the actual interviewers had posed to her.”
The statement went on, “If Ms. Goldberg didn’t like how the interview was being conducted, she should have taken her grievances to the shows producers and co-hosts - not Ms. Salahi, and certainly not while she was a guest on the live show.”
According to Bloom, Salahi was “in tears” when she got backstage, and informed a show producer that “she was upset that Whoopi Goldberg had come up behind her and grabbed her arm.” When the producer found Goldberg, Bloom says in the statement that the “View” host yelled profanities at Salahi, which turns out to be something Salahi and Goldberg agree on.
“I went up to her and told her that she knew I didn’t hit her, and yeah, you know how I said it: Choice words,” Goldberg said as she told the audience of “The View” her version of the events on Thursday.
“I make no apology for my choice words, but then her husband got in my face, had his BlackBerry out and started taking pictures of me,” Goldberg went on. “Needless to say, I really went off. The words were so choice you could’ve cut ‘em off and eaten them.”
According to Bloom’s statement, Salahi never accused Goldberg of hitting her, and claims that the producer who was involved in the mayhem was the one who used the word “hit” in reference to Goldberg’s actions.
ABC said in its official statement that Salahi and her husband did accuse Goldberg of hitting her, although the network notes that Salahi “claims she never said Goldberg hit her.”
ABC's statement continues, “As the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous. After the show and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahis.”
Oh, and by the way: The Salahis are not party-crashers, according to the statement from their attorney. The Salahis say they were led to believe that they were invited to the event; Bloom also notes that the couple has not been charged with anything.
So in light of all this drama, does this make you more or less excited that “Real Housewives of D.C.” is premiering tonight on Bravo (at 9 p.m., in case you didn’t know)?
Joy Behar, who had a ringside seat to the entire ordeal, will have the latest on this story on The Joy Behar Show tonight at 9 pm ET.
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