Trying to or not, panelists on "The View" managed to offend lots of people on Thursday's show, igniting a social media firestorm by mocking eating disorders. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg and her co-hosts cracked jokes about bulimia and anorexia, and then apologized.
E! Online reported the drama started when Joy Behar told the audience she and the cast were talking about eating disorders backstage.
“We were just discussing whether it’s better to be bulimic or anorexic,” Behar said. “What do you girls think?”
Michelle Collins immediately said it was better to have bulimia because "you get to enjoy the meal." Co-host Candace Cameron-Bure then chimed in telling the audience, "Please know that while this is in jest, as someone that has dealt with an eating disorder, I don’t want to make light of anyone that has it.”
Goldberg also commented, saying they were simply "kidding." However, following a commercial break Behar issued an apology.
"You know, we always offend someone on this show," she began. "We're always in trouble -- the comedians, in particular, are always in trouble. We keep getting into trouble on this show. We upset some people. We understand that bulimia is a serious illness. We're just trying to have some fun over here."
Goldberg pointed out Cameron-Bure battled an eating disorder in the past, and her co-panelists weren't trying to "offend anybody."
Despite the quick apology, viewers still took to Twitter to slam the co-hosts for being insensitive.
— M (@shellintheshell) November 19, 2015
— Jennifer Davis (@SusanneJennifer) November 19, 2015
#TheView geez what's better anorexia or bulimia? That's a sad ?? How about neither! Eating disorders aren't that funny
— glorianne329 (@glorianne329) November 19, 2015
Grossed out with #TheView joking about eating disorders. "Which is better, bulimia or anorexia?" *cue laughter*
— Jason Roach (@JasonRoach77) November 19, 2015
What the HELL is wrong with the women on #TheView talking about bulimia is "better" than anorexia?! Not even 3 min in and this lunacy. WTF.
— UrsulaArtPop (@BettyAnnBishop) November 19, 2015
This definitely isn't the first time the co-hosts on "The View" have come under fire for comments they made on the show. As previously reported, Raven-Symoné faced backlash last month for comments she made about the Spring Valley High School assault video.
The former Disney star was also attacked in September when she said she wouldn't hire someone with a "ghetto" name. Behar came under fire that same month when she mocked Miss America Kelley Johnson for wearing a doctor's stethoscope during the talent portion of the pageant.