Joy Behar took an unexpected fall during the opening credits of The View on Thursday morning.
The 79-year-old co-host could be seen talking and laughing with her colleague Sara Haines as the crowd cheered on the start of the daily talk show, but as she was about to sit down on one of the famous high chairs from the show, she fell and landed on her side.
Her fellow co-hosts quickly rushed to her aid, and Haines, 44, quickly picked her up as Whoopi Goldberg, 66, could be heard telling her to “just stand up”.
A stagehand then helped Behar into his seat to a round of applause, as his co-hosts tried to defend Behar’s sudden downfall.
“These chairs move – you touch them and you’re on the floor,” Goldberg told the audience, and Sunny Hostin added, “It’s happened to all of us at one time or another.”
But Behar quickly chimed in, saying that in 25 years on the show “that’s never happened to me.”
‘Who should I sue?’ she joked, laughing at the experience.
Joy Behar, 79, fell and landed on her side as she went to sit in her chair on set of The View on Thursday morning after speaking with co-host Sara Haines
Behar was quickly helped back on her feet by co-host Sara Haines
Her fellow co-hosts quickly rushed to her aid and Haines, 44, quickly picked her up
A stagehand helped her sit down after the fall to a round of applause
A viewer joked that comedian Behar’s fall was the first laugh she’d gotten in decades
Another wondered if the star’s regular criticism had bewitched her
A third viewer feared Behar’s advanced age put her at risk of serious injury
But she still seemed shaken as the four co-hosts finally took their seats Thursday morning, saying, “I flew out.”
“We can’t even say ‘Oh you can’t have another glass of wine,’ you need a glass of wine to get into the chairs,” Whoopi joked as she sat down in her seat, before asking Behar if she was okay, to which Behar replied, “I just missed the stage as usual.”
“Well, that’s our show today,” Whoopi joked. ‘Thanks very much.’
Viewers were quick to share their thoughts on the incident on Twitter, writing, “She’s fine, but ‘The View’ host Joy Behar took a fall coming out on stage.
“The good news is, it was the first laugh she’s had in 20 years.”
Another, referencing a past controversy over Behar, said, “#TheView famous blackface user Joy Behar takes a fall.” His tweet included a clip of a nonchalant-looking Jeremy Clarkson.
Another Twitter user chastised View critics who mocked Behar’s unexpected downfall
Others were more supportive. One Twitter user shared her fears for Behar given the host’s advanced age, writing, “Girl you know your bones can’t handle these kinds of slip-ups at your age.”
And another even wondered if Behar’s criticisms may have driven her down, writing, “Stop hating Joy Behar, look, you knocked her on her face!”
The downfall came following a series of controversies on the women-led talk show, with Behar sparking outrage last week as she complained the war in Ukraine would disrupt her Italian jaunt.
The long-running gabfest was about Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine when she began complaining about her summer trip being ruined.
Hostin struck up the conversation last Thursday, laying out some of the facts about the war in Eastern Europe, which saw mass evacuations from Kiev after Vladimir Putin launched his all-out invasion of Ukraine.
“An estimated 50,000 Ukrainians will be dead or injured and this will trigger a refugee crisis in Europe. We are talking about around 5 million people who are going to be displaced,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking to hear what’s going to happen.”
Behar then tried to take the discussion to Western Europe, in particular, his apparent plans to travel to Italy, located about 1,500 miles from where Russian forces were shelling his neighbor.
“I’m also scared of what’s going to happen in Western Europe,” she said.
“You plan a trip, you want to go, I wanted to go to Italy for four years and couldn’t because of the pandemic and now this. It’s like, what’s going to happen there?
Social media was quick to jump on Behar’s apparent disregard for other people’s situations.
Broadcaster Liz Wheeler job the video, writing, “I literally can’t believe Joy Behar said that.”
Ida Tavakoli added in: “You almost have to live up to Joy Behar’s unwavering commitment to making baby boomers the world’s most hated generation.”
Karol Markowicz, NY Post and Fox News columnist demand: ‘Did Putin even stop to think about the impact of his invasion on Joy Behar’s trip to Italy?’
Sports commentator @KFCBarstool stacked on: ‘The true horror of the global pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Joy Behar was unable to make her trip to Italy. Thoughts and prayers of joy. We hope she survives this tragedy.
Social media slammed Behar’s comments last week as ‘tone-deaf’
But Behar isn’t the only one who has found herself in hot water over comments made on the long-running show – her co-host Whoopi Goldberg was suspended for two weeks following a global backlash about the comments she made about the Holocaust.
In a Jan. 31 broadcast, Goldberg claimed on-air that the Holocaust was “not about race.”
She was quickly placed on a two-week suspension without pay by ABC boss Kim Godwin, who has said she wants to end a ‘culture’ where The View host and fellow host Joy Behar can ‘say and do whatever they want’, have said insiders at DailyMail.com.
Goldberg was expected to lose $192,000 for the two-week suspension, sources told DailyMail.com.
But on her return, she did not hesitate to argue.
“It’s not always pretty, like I said, and it’s not always how other people would like to hear it, but it’s an honor to sit at this table and be able to have these conversations. because they matter,” she said last month. .