"As someone that has dealt with an eating disorder, I don't want to make light of anyone that has it," said Candace Cameron Bure
The women of The View have apologized for joking about eating disorders.
After discussing a PEOPLE interview in which Donald Trump said he has lost 15 lbs. on the campaign trail, the co-hosts began joking about weight and whether their was a difference between being skinny and thin. After the commercial break, that turned into joking about the merits of anorexia vs. bulimia.
“We were just discussing whether it’s better to be anorexic or bulimic backstage,” Joy Behar said on Thursday’s episode.
Michelle Collins cast her vote for bulimia, because “you get to enjoy the meal.” She went on to point to two women in the audience, counting them as on her side.
“She’s nodding. We have two bulimics here. They agree,” Collins said.
“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.
On social media, several people shared their displeasure with the show over the segment.
Later, Behar apologized on-air.
“We always offend someone on this show. We’re always on trouble. The comedians in particular,” Behar said. “We upset some people. We understand bulimia is a serious illness. We’re just trying to have some fun over here.”
Whoopi Goldberg echoed the sentiment.
“As Candice pointed out, she knows what this is like. We know. We understand and of course we never want to offend anybody,” said Goldberg. “We’re just having good conversations and sometimes we go there because we’re comics.”
The View airs weekdays (11 a.m. ET) on ABC.