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Whoopi Goldberg: ‘You have to teach women, do not put your hands on anybody’

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ESPN host Stephen A. Smith drew backlash from critics for statements he made about domestic violence — but outspoken industry colleague Whoopi Goldberg is in his corner.

The View co-host came to Smith’s defense Monday after he apologized for comments he made last week on domestic abuse. Smith implied that women played a role in provoking men to assault them.

He later issued an apology Monday, claiming it was the “most egregious error” of his career.

While many found fault with Smith’s comments and labeled them insensitive, Goldberg shared similar views on the issue, saying if someone hits somebody, regardless of gender, that person has a right to hit back.

“If you hit somebody, you cannot be sure you are not going to get hit back!” Goldberg said. “You have to teach women, do not put your hands on anybody. You have to teach women, do not live with this idea that men have this chivalry thing still with them, don’t assume that that’s still in place.”

Guest co-host Sunny Hostin criticized Goldberg by saying she was blaming the victim, but Goldberg didn’t back down.

“If you make the choice as a woman who’s four foot three and you decide to hit a guy who’s six feet tall and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised!” Goldberg said.

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