The women of “The View” unloaded on Megyn Kelly, Tuesday after the morning show host defended her question about Jane Fonda’s plastic surgery and blasted the actress for her infamous history of posing with communist soldiers in Vietnam.
Over seven minutes “The View” hosts slammed Kelly, a former Fox News host, accusing her of becoming the story herself and impugning her skills as a journalist. At one point, liberal stalwart Joy Behar even called her a “bitch.”
“Jane should have just said to her ‘and how much work have you had, bitch?” said Behar to audience applause.
In her critique of Fonda, Kelly took a page from her Fox News days, saying that “Hanoi Jane” had no business lecturing her on appropriate behavior.
“I mean, really, to drag the Vietnam War into a plastic surgery conversation was a real stretch Megyn, OK,” said Behar. “Why are people more angry with Jane Fonda about the Vietnam war than they are with Nixon and LBJ and people who lied about the war and sent boys as cannon fodder to an unjust and filthy war.”
Behar apologized for calling Kelly a “bitch” later on in the program.
Guest Ann Curry — famously bounced from NBC’s “Today” show by disgraced former host Matt Lauer — was almost as unsparing.
“Journalists are not supposed to be the story,” she said. “We’re supposed to be humble. We’re suppose to use whatever time we’re given to shine a light on other stories. There are so many stories that we are not covering and to take time with this is not journalism.”
Whoopi Goldberg too went to bat for Fonda, dredging up one of Kelly’s most infamous moments on Fox News — when she made headlines in 2013 for calling Santa “white.”
“If I can forgive you for telling all of my friends’ black children that Santa’s only white, then you can step back,” she said. “We all make mistakes. You gotta lighten up babe. Jane made a mistake.”
The View is broadcast by ABC — NBC’ broadcast rival.