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'The View' Beat-down: Whoopi vs Michaele

Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who have been subpoenaed

Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who have been subpoenaed to testify, attend a hearing on "The United States Secret Service and Presidential Protection: An Examination of a System Failure" on Capitol Hill, January 20, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Salahis invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than testify. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT) Credit: MCT/Olivier Douliery

 Did Whoopi Goldberg assault Michaele Salahi on "The View" this morning? (And if she didn't, why not? Ba-dum.) In a strange contretemps that only publicity-desperate White House gate-crashers and media savvy TV shows could engage in, "The View" has officially denied that Salahi was physically struck by Goldberg - while advising viewers to tune in tomorrow for Goldberg's even more official and detailed denial.
  Salahi - on "The View" this morning  to plug "Real Housewives of D.C." - said in a Facebook wallpost around 3 p.m., "Salahis will address on Thursday Morning LIVE on National TV the outrageous abuse and exchange that took place on the ABC Show the View...Standby for details..."
 ABC responded a little while ago to the odd encounter, during which no blood (I presume) was spilled: "At one point during Michaele Salahi’s appearance on The View on Wednesday, Whoopi lightly touched Ms. Salahi to get her attention [but] as the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous. After the show and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahi’s."


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