The panelists quickly apologized on Thursday's show after jokes they made about eating disorders angered some fans.
"We always offend someone on this show," said co-host Joy Behar. "We’re, like, always in trouble, the comedians in particular. We understand that bulimia is a serious illness. We’re just trying to have some fun over here."
The jokes started when Behar asked, "We were just discussing whether it's better to be bulimic or anorexic backstage, what do you girls think?"
"Definitely bulimic," co-host Michelle Collins jokingly answered, "You get to enjoy the meal."
"She's nodding" Collins continued, motioning to an audience member. "We have two bulimics here, they agree."
"Please know that while this is in jest, as someone who has dealt with eating disorders, I don’t want to make light of anyone that has it," co-host Candace Cameron Bure quickly cautioned. but we were talking about it. "I can joke about it because I've been there."
"We were kidding," Behar remarked, with Collins adding, "We're always kidding. No, but it's a disease and it's very serious."
Many on Twitter were not amused by the joke. Several expressed their outrage, including @Les_Good =, who wrote, "Seriously, "which one would be better/more fun?" With eating disorders you don't have a freaking choice. Seriously, @TheView?"
Meanwhile, @_BrunosTreasure tweeted, "First making fun of nurses and then eating disorders!? Go educate yourselves."
This week, NeNe Leakes threw shade
after appearing on the panel, writing in a later deleted tweet, "Just sat down with a bunch of mean girls turning up their noses, looking u up & down as if u don't belong."
The reality star later posted a picture with the panel, cropping out co-host Raven Symone.
Watch more about Leakes' View "shade" below.