Fallon Jokes Ted Cruz’s Real Hecklers on ‘The View’ Were Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar (Video)

Or possibly just a group of angry moms who wanted to see a better guest in person

Jimmy Fallon has some ideas about who heckled and cussed out Ted Cruz during his appearance on “The View” this week, and it’s not the activists that claimed responsibility for it. No, the late night host joked that, in reality, it was Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar themselves.

“The View” erupted into chaos Monday morning as audience members loudly protested Ted Cruz’s appearance. After chanting “cover climate now” repeatedly, one audience member eventually called out “F— you Ted Cruz, you climate-denying piece of s—,” forcing the show to commercial as the hosts looked shocked and angry.

But according to Fallon, it was actually the hosts — who have long been outspoken against Cruz — that heckled the man.

“Don’t worry, after a few minutes, security was able to remove Joy and Whoopi from the set,” Fallon joked.

In reality, Behar wasn’t even present at Monday’s show, as that her scheduled day off, and Goldberg actually shouted down the protesters herself.

“Excuse me! Ladies, ladies! Excuse us! Let us do our jobs,” Whoopi said. “Let us do our job. We hear what you have to say, but you gotta go! You gotta go. You gotta let us do our job.”

Fallon did acknowledge the fact that actual climate change activism groups did take responsibility for the incident, but also offered one more possibility. “Some of the hecklers were climate activists, the rest were a group of moms who were mad that Ted Cruz was the guest they were seeing on ‘The View,’” he joked. “Like ‘Come on!’”

Following the incident, Cruz himself brushed off the protesters. “I joked afterwards, ‘I’m glad they didn’t have a Van Gogh painting hanging in the background, these nuts might’ve thrown soup on it!’” he said in an interview with Megyn Kelly just a few hours later.

You can watch the moment Ted Cruz was heckled on “The View” here, and you can watch Fallon’s full monologue in the video above.