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“The View” hosts say Sharon Stone 'needlessly shamed' Billy Baldwin with sex claim: 'Why bring it up anyway?'

“The View” hosts say Sharon Stone 'needlessly shamed' Billy Baldwin with sex claim: 'Why bring it up anyway?'

"The whole thing doesn't make sense... by that logic, if you were in 'The Godfather,' you'd have to behead a horse in order to play a mobster."

Consider The View ladies less than impressed with the ongoing feud between Sharon Stone and her Sliver costar Billy Baldwin.

The Hot Topics table was on fire during Thursday’s episode as the panelists discussed Stone’s recent appearance on The Louis Theroux Podcast, where the actress claimed that late movie producer Robert Evans attempted to convince her to have sex with Baldwin in order to improve his performance in the 1993 thriller. In response, Baldwin slammed Stone on social media and floated the idea of writing a book to “tell the many, many disturbing, kinky, and unprofessional tales about Sharon.”

“The whole thing doesn’t make sense,” Joy Behar said of Evans’ plan. “So the guy says, ‘If you sleep with Billy, it’ll make him a better actor,’ but by that logic, if you were in The Godfather, you'd have to behead a horse in order to play a mobster. Doesn’t make sense. It’s called acting!”

<p>ABC; Rodin Eckenroth/Getty</p> Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone

ABC; Rodin Eckenroth/Getty

Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone

Alyssa Farah Griffin added that she believed Stone “needlessly shamed” Baldwin with her remarks, but wasn’t exactly keen on his reaction, either. She continued, “With all the benefit of what we know from #MeToo and dynamics with power, like, having a boss who is encouraging you to sleep with your costar when you don’t want to, if I were his PR team, I would’ve either said either ‘don’t say a word,’ or ‘I’m sorry Sharon went through that.’” 

Sara Haines agreed that she considered Baldwin’s remarks to be “snarky and reactive,” but also noted that Stone “literally goes out of her way in this interview” to criticize his career. “There are like six references to how bad he was as an actor,” she recalled. “And I was like, ‘You could’ve made your point with maybe just one.’”

Griffin then appeared to suggest that, perhaps, Baldwin really is just a bad actor. “I’m just saying, Basic Instinct was good because Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone were in it,” she interjected. “This movie [Sliver] kinda bombed.” Behar also chipped in to note that Douglas didn’t have to sleep with Stone in order for the pair to have chemistry in the 1992 film, either.

Whoopi Goldberg, however, wasn't happy with Stone deciding to resurface over 30-year-old drama. “Why bring it up anyway?” She asked, Referring to Baldwin's negative reaction, Goldberg added, “Maybe he’s just tired of people taking pot shots at him.”

<p>Paramount/courtesy Everett </p> Sharon Stone and William Baldwin in 'Sliver'

Paramount/courtesy Everett

Sharon Stone and William Baldwin in 'Sliver'

“I think so because he really lashed out,” Sunny Hostin agreed. “And I do wonder — this movie, by the way, was in 1993 — it’s like, a long time ago."

“Sunny, people crave relevancy,” Behar declared. “And that threat that he made, I’m gonna bring all this dirt out about you, she must be like, ‘Yeah, bring it out, because I haven’t been in the public eye for a while, so here it goes!’” Haines added that she felt Stone "still needs to let the project go a little."

“Ego problems with actors, what a concept,” Behar dryly quipped as the table began to laugh. The Oscar-winning Goldberg then dramatically pulled down her glasses before teasing, “I don’t know what you mean.”

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

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