Day 2 Backlash: 'The View' Co-Hosts Push Back on Mike Huckabee's Criticism

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The former Arkansas governor appeared on Wednesday with his daughter, the White House press secretary, who told THR she had a positive experience on the show.

Some in media and politics were surprised when The View booked former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to appear on the show Wednesday morning. And, their appearance was tense at times. But things escalated on Thursday when Huckabee appeared on Fox Business Network and bashed the show.

Huckabee said the view and spirit of The View co-hosts was "full of anger and irrational hatred toward the president."

The former Fox News host's comments about his appearance were in contrast to what Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked on Wednesday night about her experience, and whether she'd consider returning as a guest.

"It's no secret they don't agree with me, but they allowed me to express my views and I'd be happy to go back if I was asked," Sanders told The Hollywood Reporter in an email. 

Not surprisingly, The View co-hosts were not pleased by Gov. Huckabee's comments, and let him have it on their Thursday show. Addressing Huckabee, Whoopi Goldberg said, "You know what, we really worked hard to do a fair interview, and I resent that you would do that. … We were not irrational. We asked you questions and told you how we felt. And we allowed you to do the same."

Still, a spokeswoman for the show said they'd be happy to have the father-daughter duo back on as guests. An attempt to reach Gov. Huckabee for comment was unsuccessful.

"I'm kind of pissed off about this, Mike," Goldberg said. "Because it's not right. It's not right. And I've never been irrational. Except when it comes to my pizza."