levi johnston the view 'The View': The Levi Johnston trainwreck, Bill O'Reilly and mammogramsMonday’s (Oct. 18) episode of “The View” was chock full of lively segments. First off, the women addressed the Bill O’Reilly kerfuffle, as this is the first time they’ve taped a show since that aired. Whoppi Goldberg continued to defend her position that no one should generalize the entire Muslim religion the way O’Reilly did, pointing out that both Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul Jabbar are Muslim — so does that make them responsible for 9/11? “You cannot just throw stuff around like that,” Whoopi says. 

Barbara Walters says of the controversy, “We must be able to have conversations without fury, without rage, without screaming, without obscenities, without walking off. It’s very dramatic. People love trainwrecks. People want us to do more of it because of the ratings. You don’t walk out of your own home.”

We could not agree more, on both counts. Speaking of trainwrecks (thanks for the segue, Babs!) — the first guest was Levi Johnston, the prodigal (?) son of Wasilla, AK.

]]>running for mayor. Would it not be better for you, instead of seeking publicity, to learn a trade, to find a job, to get an education and to support your son?” Walters received hearty cheers from the audience (and us at home). When asked what are his qualifications to be Mayor, Levi misses the point entirely and says, “You gotta live in the city limits for one year.” *head smack* Whoopi asks him what his platform is and Levi responds, “At this point in time, I couldn’t tell you. I said I was running for mayor, what, a month ago?” Sigh. Actually, it was almost three months ago. Not that that makes any difference. He then says in response to being asked what is his motivation to run for Mayor, “Wasilla’s a great place, I just want to keep it that way for my son.” When Walters points out it was also for a reality show, Levi admits, “That’s how it got brought up, yes. But it’s become much more than that to me.” Sure it has, Levi. The final segment of the show was all about mammograms because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The girls went to get their breasts checked out, watch a short clip below. And we’ll be sure to put up Levi’s glorious interview just as soon as we have video.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."