As you’re probably aware by now, Stephen A. Smith made some controversial comments on ‘First Take’ regarding domestic violence last week. The comments came during a discussion about Ray Rice’s assault on his then-fiancee, during which Smith talked about the “elements of provocation” from women in domestic violence cases.

After significant backlash, Smith attempted to apologize and clarify his stance via a series of tweets. That didn’t go so well, so, on Monday morning, Smith returned to ‘First Take’ where he issued another apology, stating “I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career.”

But, before Smith issued his apology,  Whoopi Goldberg came to Stephen A’s defense while taping Monday’s episode of ‘The View,’ saying if a woman hits a man and then he hits back, she shouldn’t be surprised by it.

“If you make the choice as a woman who’s four foot three and you decide to hit a guy who’s six feet tall and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised!”

It’s a viewpoint that many of Goldberg’s co-hosts on the show disagreed with, but it made for an interesting discussion with clearly articulated opinions and neither side came away looking like an utter fool, which is pretty refreshing at this point.

[Video via Mediaite]