Whoopi Goldberg Halts The View to Scold Audience Member — Watch

So much for taking a little time to just sit and enjoy The View.

During Tuesday’s episode of the ABC gabfest, moderator Whoopi Goldberg halted Hot Topics to reprimand an audience member who, rather than watch the show being produced in front of his eyes, pulled out his phone and began to record. (Perhaps he forgot to set his DVR?)

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It was during a discussion about former President Donald Trump — specifically, news that the bond in his civil fraud case was reduced to $175 million — when Goldberg clocked the man. That’s when she cut off fellow panelist Sunny Hostin and addressed the individual directly.

“Sir, sir… I have to stop you with the camera, as I can see you,” she said as she got up from her seat and walked in his direction. “Do me a favor: Don’t pull it out again. I’d appreciate that. Thank you.”

Goldberg’s handling of the situation was met with applause. The man in question was never shown on air.

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This isn’t the first time Goldberg has been forced to address an audience member’s cell phone. Last June, an alarm coming from somewhere in the studio audience brought Hot Topics to a standstill. Goldberg, Hostin, Joy Behar, Sara Haines and Alyssa Farah Griffin all noticed the interruption, and their discussion momentarily ceased. But Goldberg quickly recovered, and even joked that the alert served as an impromptu reminder for Hostin to read a legal note as they went to commercial.

Watch Tuesday’s tense exchange above, then hit the comments with your reactions. Do you think Goldberg handled the situation well?

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