Goldberg, White House gatecrashers in backstage fight after `The View` filming

Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 17:16 PM IST

New York: ‘The View’ host Whoopi Goldberg and White House gatecrashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi indulged in an obscenity-laced backstage battle after wrapping up Wednesday’s episode of the ABC show.

Tareq Salahi, upset that Goldberg touched his wife during a segment of the show, had an "elevated and heated" exchange after the live telecast.

Michaele and other cast members of Bravo`s ‘The Real Housewives of DC’ were on ‘The View’ to promote the launch of their show.

Neither Goldberg nor Tareq Salahi were part of the interview.

As Michaele recounted a drink-throwing dispute between Tareq and one of the wives, Goldberg walked on stage, touched her shoulder, and said: "Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please,” reports a news daily.

"Oh, if you`d like us to, we can," Michaele replied as Goldberg walked away.

After the show, a sobbing Michaele fled to a security office, saying she felt attacked.

The Salahis claimed Goldberg got physical with Michaele; Goldberg confronted her and F-words started flowing.

"As the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded," said a ‘View’ spokeswoman.

"After being told she was being accused of hitting Ms Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally,” she added.