‘The View’: Joy Behar Faces Criticism Over Her Concern for Her Vacation to Italy Following Ukraine Invasion by Russia

Joy Behar is one of the panelists on The View who is tasked to give her take on all the latest “Hot Topics” on the pop culture and political world. The ABC daytime talk show hosts were talking about the Ukraine invasion by Russia when Behar made a comment that some fans found a little tone-deaf. Now the comedian is facing criticism over what she said about a vacation trip to Italy.

Joy Behar in the middle of a debate, wearing a purple blazer and black blouse on the set of 'The View'
Joy Behar | ABC/Lou Rocco

Joy Behar faces backlash over tone-deaf comments

Behar is usually on point when it comes to expressing her comments on sensitive topics. As the last OG of The View, Behar has experience talking about issues that are difficult but she seemingly missed the mark recently. On the episode that aired on Feb. 24, the panel was talking about Russia’s attack on Ukraine and Behar expressed her concern over her trip to Italy.

“Well, I’m scared of what’s going to happen in Western Europe, too,” she said on the ABC talk show. “You know, you plan a trip, you want to go there. [I wanted] to go to Italy for four years. I haven’t been able to make it because of the pandemic — and now this. It’s like, what’s going on there, too?”

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‘The View’ fans react to Joy Behar’s comments

These comments didn’t go over well with some viewers on The View’s official YouTube channel who expressed their opinions on what Behar said.

“When Joy said she might not be able to go on vacation. My heart absolutely broke. Oh, The Humanity!!” a fan replied.

“My thoughts and prayers go to Joy in this incredibly difficult time. I can’t imagine the pain she is grappling with thinking about the idea of rescheduling a vacay,” a viewer wrote sarcastically.

“Joy, there’s bigger problems than you not being able to vacation in Italy. You know, like, people being orphaned and dying?” a YouTube user expressed.

“Absolutely heartbreaking to see what is happening. There needs to be a go fund me for Joy’s Italian vacation,” another fan commented using sarcasm.

“People’s homes are being invaded, and Joy is complaining that she hasn’t been able to make it to Italy? Really??” another viewer added.

“Did this Joy lady really say she was worried she wouldn’t be able to go on vacation to Europe?! Really??” another YouTube user posted.

'The View' set with empty chairs and the show's logo in the big screen in the back
‘The View’ set without the co-hosts | ABC/Jenny Anderson

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Whoopi Goldberg talks about controversy

Behar is in the middle of backlash and a couple weeks before it was The View’s moderator Whoopi Goldberg who got in trouble. The EGOT legend made insensitive remarks about the Holocaust that ended up getting her a two-week suspension. When Goldberg returned to the show, she addressed viewers once again.

“I’ve got to tell you, there’s something kind of marvelous about being on a show like this because we are The View and this is what we do,” Goldberg said on the episode that aired Feb. 14. “And sometimes we don’t do it as delicately as we could… But it’s five minutes to get in important information about topics. And that’s what we try to do every day. And I want to thank everybody who reached out while I was away.”

The View airs weekday mornings at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT/CT on ABC.

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