"We are furious!" roared "View" moderator Meredith Vieira in the opening moments of the show, "Furious!"
In Time's cover story this week, Dixie Chick Emily Robison says that the group takes its political views very seriously and will try to limit appearances to high-caliber, meaningful gigs.
Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines' "new motto is, 'What would Bruce Springsteen do?' " says Robison. "Not that we're of that caliber, but would Bruce Springsteen do 'The View'?"
Even with a new CD to promote, the group has no plans to appear on "The View," the article says. "They're ... not doing ... 'The View,' " sneered co-host Joy Behar as she tore the article into confetti and tossed the shreds over her head.
When the singing group was starting out, however, it had no problem appearing on the show and was even interviewed by former co-host Debbie Matenopolous.
"This is obnoxious, obnoxious," said Vieira. "We started these girls — back in 1998, they couldn't get arrested. We were one of the first national shows to give them a platform, because they deserve a platform — they are incredibly talented performers."
The Dixie Chicks alienated their Country Western fan base in 2003, when during a performance in London, they said that the group was ashamed to be from Texas because President Bush was from Texas.
The Chicks apologized soon afterward, but have since taken the apology back.
"It's one thing to diss the Bush administration, it's treason to diss 'The View'!" said Behar.
For the next hour, the four hosts of the women's coffee klatch show repeatedly slammed the Dixie Chicks until the show was over — when Vieira made it clear they were joking around and invited the Dixie Chicks to appear anytime.