During The View on Tuesday, Joy Behar weighed in on the news that former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush is making a “comeback” as the host of the entertainment news program Extra, asking, “Why does Billy Bush have to come back? You mean there aren’t 10 other people who could do that job and interview Honey Boo Boo?”
Bush was fired from Access Hollywood in 2016 after audio of a conversation between him and Donald Trump leaked and revealed the then-presidential candidate’s brags about groping women. In an interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, Bush addressed the controversy surrounding his 2016 firing and called his new gig “returning to my love ... I’m very grateful to return to what I love to do.”
Behar, meanwhile, said that other high-profile men who have lost their jobs because of accusations of bad behavior shouldn’t try to get back into the spotlight.
“They all want to come back,” she said. “Charlie Rose wants to come back, Mark Halperin wants to come back, Matt Lauer — I say these people are interchangeable. Everybody is replaceable.”
Fellow View panelist Whoopi Goldberg didn’t hold back when she expressed her thoughts on “cancel culture,” which she says has impacted her personally.
“You always have to make sure the person you’re canceling is guilty. Having been one who has been on the other side of ‘cancel culture’ and people said ‘I don’t like her policies or her politics’ and then be prevented from working for seven years, you gotta really be careful.
“People believe you when you say certain things,” she added. “Do your homework.”
Viewers on Twitter were split, with some writing that they disagree with Behar, and feel Bush deserves a second chance:
@TheView Billy Bush was 33 years old when this fiasco with Trump happened. He was young and like many of the entertainment shows do the same (kiss ass). He does not fit in the same category as Weintein, Lauer, Rose. HE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE!!! Don't be so mean!— Laurie Sanders (@LaurieS07798507) September 10, 2019
@TheView billy bush never touched another woman, all the others did so don’t be so hard on him— Dwight Andrews (@DwightAndrews11) September 10, 2019
@TheView I have always loved Billy Bush and I welcome his return. Trump has brought some many down & they lost there jobs. Billy is another Trump victim.— DonnaO.gemgirl (@lapislady) September 10, 2019
Others agreed that Bush and others are “replaceable” and aren’t interested in a “comeback” for the host:
Billy Bush got what was coming to him he's a loathsome repulsive indicator of what was to come . @TheView— rojo (@rojo99017571) September 10, 2019
Screw #BillyBush. He is the exact reason women have been victimized. He enabled Trump after he got off the bus. His sickening adoration for someone who behaves the way Trump does, needs to stop. For him to play the victim now is ridiculous. You sucked up & lost, now go away— Any Mountain (@AnyMtn) September 10, 2019
Billy Bush is NOT the victim here, and he's still refusing to accept a shred of responsibility. He was complicit -- egging Trump on and smirking all the while.— Social✽Fly (@socflyny) September 10, 2019
He doesn't deserve a second chance and it's shameful how the media is trying to normalize him as an innocent bystander.
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