Bill O’Reilly on The View

News pundit Bill O’Reilly appeared on The View on October 14, 2010 to discuss some heated issues. When the subject of building a mosque near ground zero arose, emotions started to rise.

Take a look at the video below and notice the change in demeanor of Joy Behar and Whoppi Goldberg as they begin to disagree with O’Reilly.

Behar does a huge disgust at 0:28 seconds after Bill says very condescendingly to her “Hold it, hold it. Listen to me because you’ll learn”. She quickly recovers from being disgusted to cover it with a broad smile.

Goldberg seems fairly calm at the beginning of the interview, but emotions start flaring up around 1:45 when Bill starts raising his voice.

She gets extremely angry after Bill states that “Muslims killed us on 9/11”. Notice her change in voice and her facial expression of anger. Her body language becoming more animated. It almost seems as though Bill and Goldberg are feeding off of each other’s anger.

While this video is pretty straightforward and there seems to be no concealed signs of emotion, its an excellent example of emotions and the nonverbal behavior associated with certain ones, such as anger.

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5 responses to “Bill O’Reilly on The View”

  1. Markus says:

    Would i be wrong if i thougt it looked more like a contempt/anger mix?
    If you pause it at almost exactly when the timer crosses to 0:28 her expression to me looks more unilateral, as incontempt, with a mix of narrowing and tightening of the lips, as in anger.
    I really would like to know what you think and why iam wrong in calling it a contempet/anger mix instead of just disgust. Just so i can learn.

  2. omar says:

    The audience is quite fickle! They cheer when he says “muslims killed us” then they cheer when the two women leave!

    Anyone catch that disgust/contempt flash after he says “i apologize” (3:13)? Kinda takes away the sincerity of the apology to me.

  3. Markus, the reason why we labeled it as disgust is because of the horseshoe shape produced by the nasolabial fold (skin folds besides the mouth). If you pause the video at 0:28, you notice a horseshoe shape around her nose, which is clearly disgust. Of course, there seems to be anger mixed in their as well. We don’t, however, see the contempt. The video quality isn’t the greatest, either and if someone has a better quality video they can point us too, that would be helpful.

  4. Omar, we just took a look and you’re right. It does look like a disgust and its very quick. As we mentioned before, the video quality isn’t that great. Good catch!

  5. Jeff says:

    I totally agree with Markus, I personally see less disgust and more contempt at 0:28. There is indeed the horseshoe shaping around the nasolabial fold but I see (even in the poor quality of the video) a strong showing of contempt due to unilateral lip movement to her left (the viewers right). Here is a slightly better quality of the same clip (, you will need to go to 4:10 for the beginning of that topic and about 4:36 for the reaction. Thoughts?

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