An explosive new book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, takes a backstage look at popular ABC talk show. Audio has surfaced of a dramatic meltdown former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck had over series creator Barbara Walters — now she responds.
In 2006, Walters, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck along with guest Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters) comprised the panel. The women were discussing a proposed “morning after pill” becoming available as an over-the-counter purchase.
Hasselbeck passionately defended her pro-life stance. An audio clip, accompanied by a video clip of the air show, has been posted by Variety. (Note: The clip includes profanities. Do not click on the link if this bothers you.)
In it, Hasselbeck is shown ripping up her note cards for the episode and is heard walking off set during a commercial break, stating she would not be returning because “this woman [Walters] is driving me nuts.” (Walters had said to Hasselbeck that they must discuss things in a “rational” way.)
Behar compassionately reaches out to Hasselbeck, suggesting she go to her dressing room to talk. Finally, executive producer Bill Geddie convinces the former Survivor competitor to return to the show.
The clip continues with Walters and Hasselbeck embracing on-air and making up. During the off-camera audio portion, Hasselbeck is heard using an expletive more than once. She took to social media today to explain why she was so passionate about the segment.
“This. Just. In: I am quite humanly reactive. I used bad words when frustrated. I was pregnant with Taylor and a big conversation about the value and the lives of the unborn took place at the View. It was a battle -but not of the flesh,” she wrote. To see her entire response, see her Instagram post below.
‘Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story Of The View is written by Ramin Setoodah and is available now on Amazon.
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This. Just. In: I am quite humanly reactive. I used bad words when frustrated. I was pregnant with Taylor and a big conversation about the value and the lives of the unborn took place at the View. It was a battle -but not of the flesh. I used fighting words because I believe that God decides the value of the lives of babies. We care for a group of Robin’s eggs in a nest before they are hatched and likely would think twice before stomping on the awesome blue shells because we know what God placed inside the hard womb. And in the heat of the moment, when I felt the need to protect what I knew to be truth and had seen with my own eyes on ultrasound the LIFE in my own shell of a body- I used big battle words (one in particular that I am not proud of and am sorry for using in the heat of trying to defend the lives of the unborn). 2 things I have grown to learn: 1) there are words that DISTRACT from your point: Choose wisely 2) I have a God who fights the battle. I don’t have to do that all on my own. God has changed my ways. He has given me a new thing – it is my heart. He literally did that and I wrote a lot about it in #PointOfViewBook and I boast of plenty of failure and imperfection there. I still hold all my Constitutionally protected rights to freedom of faith : but now: I can hold the hand of the person who does not agree at the same time 💕💕💕💕 because I believe that we can do that by His grace. hold truth and hold grace as best we can. BY HIS POWER. In my weakness I am made strong. My new word that begins with the letter F: FAITHFUL Because that is who GOD IS