In the clip, the co-hosts are discussing a piece from The New York Times Style Magazine, which at the time was indicating that curly hair had become fashionable again. Behar said she wore makeup "that was a little bit darker than my skin".
Ingraham and Behar sit on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but Ingraham tweeted her support Thursday despite of their differences over politics.
But after an editor from the Wrap posted a clip from the show on Twitter on Wednesday, it renewed a debate about whether Behar was expressing admiration or whether she should have faced consequences like people who have worn blackface. "Do you have tanning lotion on?" It was a Halloween party. She asked, "Are you black, Joy?" followed by, "Are you my auntie, Joy?" Ralph Northam, who apologized after a picture featuring a man in blackface and another dressed in KKK robes from his medical school yearbook page emerged last week. "Hell, girls can't even wear braids in their hair anymore without getting yelled at for that, but she ACTUALLY dresses as a "beautiful African woman" and nothing?"
"I don't see how that is racist on Halloween", said Kelly, remarking on a cast member from Bravo's Real Housewives of NY getting into trouble for dressing up as legendary singer Diana Ross.
This week, Virginia's governor and attorney general are being criticized for their use of blackface.
Reacting to Raven-Symoné's clear change of tone, Behar asked, "Why are you upset with me now?"
Messages seeking comment were not returned from Behar's agent and the ABC program.
The audience and fellow co-hosts were demonstrably taken aback at how drastically different Behar looked, some of them giggling.