"I too am Valerie Bertinelli," said Whoopi Goldberg on the Monday, July 12, episode of the morning talk show, adding: "I have the same issues."
Behar chimed in on her own struggles with weight, saying that multiple factors cause fluctuation. "I did a thing for Jenny Craig years ago, and I lost 30 pounds," she said, referring back to 2003. "I put 15 back over the years so I would like to just say that right up front. I don't think that you have to be going through something to gain weight. I’m not going through anything. I’m gaining weight."
“It’s my metabolism, it’s my age, it’s my appetite. It’s the availability of the exact foods that you need, it's not paying attention. There's a million reasons why people gain weight."
Behar then condemned the haters, pleading: "Stop watching women. Stop watching what women look like, stop it already." She added, "I feel for poor Valerie having to endure this in public, it’s sad."
Last week, the former One Day at a Time star, 61, posted a vulnerable Instagram video, which she captioned: "Aren't we tired of body shaming women yet?! Smh."
In Bertinelli’s video, she explained, "Someone...decided to point out that I need to lose weight." She added, "You’re not being helpful."
"When you see somebody who has put some weight on, my first thought is that person is obviously going through some things, because if I could lose the weight and keep it off, I would. But since I haven’t been successful with that my whole entire life, at 61 I’m still dealing with [it]."
Bertinelli then shot back at the cruel social media troll. "You think I’m not tired of it, lady?" she questioned. "Where’s the compassion. You think a stupid little comment like 'you need to lose weight,' not f**king helpful."
Since posting her video, which has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times, Bertinelli thanked fans and followers who rallied around her. "Good morning," she began the video. "Thank you. There is so much kindness out there. I certainly do not feel so alone anymore. It's the shame part that's really hard to get rid of — that stupid emotion that is absolutely useless. But I just wanted to say thank you."
She added, "I was going to say, 'Now for some food content,' but seriously… let’s get back to me posting some delicious recipes."
"Let's have a really f**king great day today, you guys!"