NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:19 PM
The ladies of “The View” were slapped with a wave of backlash Thursday after joking about eating disorders on the often-controversial chat show.
The hosts were discussing Donald’s Trump recent accidental weight loss moments before Joy Behar asked the panel whether they thought it was better to be anorexic or bulimic.
“Definitely bulimic,” host Michelle Collins said almost instantly. “You get to enjoy the meal.”
Collins then pointed out a lady in the audience who seemed to agree with her, though the camera never panned over to the woman.
“She’s nodding,” Collins continued. We have two bulimics here. They agree.”
Many viewers didn’t approve of the panelists making light of eating disorders, with some of them hopping on social media to express their disdain.
Michelle Collins (second to left) points to a member of the audience after joking about bulimia.
“Thanks so much for making light of my eating disorder this morning,” a Twitter user named Leah Jenkins wrote. “Cancer jokes on the agenda for tomorrow’s show?”
Another user named Allison Klabo added: “Not impressed with @TheView’s insensitivity to eating disorders on today’s show. #yourebetterthanthat.”
Shortly after Collins made her divisive comments, fellow panelist Candace Cameron Bure attempted to diffuse the situation, adding that she has battled an eating disorder in the past.
“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,” she said.
The panelists then agreed that they were kidding, with Collins saying that they are “always kidding.”
Candace Cameron Bure (left) was the first to tell the crowd that their comments about eating disorders were made in jest.
Later in the show, the ladies returned from the commercial break and addressed their troublesome comments once again.
“We upset some people,” Behar said. “We understand that bulimia is a serious illness.”
This is hardly the first time “The View” panelists have offended people with their comments on air.
In September, Behar and Collins made fun of a Miss America contestant who gave a speech about her job as a nurse during the talent segment. Then in October, Raven-Symone came under fire after saying she wouldn’t hire someone named “Watermelondrea.”