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Leave it up to the ladies of The View to get into a passionate/heated debate. On Wednesday’s show, Whoopi Goldberg and guest host Katie Couric quarreled about whether or not celebrities with a strong youth fan base should be considered “role models.”

Recent photos of 18-year-old star Miley Cyrus chain-smoking ignited the debate.

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Katie explained that she understands parental concern about how children’s role models influence their behaviors.

But not co-host Whoopi Goldberg who explained that she also smokes cigarette’s in public, but that doesn’t make her a bad role model (as a lot of kids know her from Sesame Street).

Whoopi then said parents should be more concerned about their own influence on their children.

Katie, trying to defend her point said, “I’m not gonna castrate Miley Cyrus, but …”

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And Barbara Walters chimed in to correct her slip-up, “After this I’m gonna talk to you about sex …”

We think Katie was trying to say chastise. Watch a clip of the awkward moment at Radar Online.

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