In a newly released leaked audio recording that has stunned people across the country, ‘The View’ former conservative co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is heard in cursing in a massive meltdown.
The heated exchange occurred in 2006 between the Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters during a commercial break.
In the new book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’” Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh details a day in a Hot Topics debate that got too heated for the show’s former conservative co-host.
As Setoodeh writes in the book, on August 2, 2006, Hasselbeck was having an argument with Barbara Walters and Joy Behar on TV about a proposal from the FDA to allow the morning-after pill for over-the-counter consumption.
Hasselbeck, who argued taking the pill is “the same thing as birthing a baby and leaving it out in the street,” wouldn’t let the other co-hosts provide their opposing points of view.
Finally, Walters had to interrupt her. “Could you stop now?” Walters said. “We have to go on and we have to learn how to discuss these things in some sort of rational way.”
As the show cut to a commercial, Hasselbeck was so furious, she tore up her notecards and bolted from the table.
“F— that!” Hasselbeck shouted in a hallway off the set after the show had cut to commercial, according to the new audio.
“I’m not going to sit there and get reprimanded on the air. It’s not ok to sit there and get reprimanded on the air,” she said.
“Come into my office here,” another of her co-hosts, the very liberal Jo Behar, said to her in an effort to calm the tension.
“What the f—!” Hasselbeck shouted back. “I don’t even swear. She has me swearing. This woman is driving me nuts.”
“I’m not going back. I can’t do the show like this. She just reprimanded me, and she knew exactly what she was doing,” she said.
“Good-bye! I’m off. Write about that in the New York F—ING Post!” she said, a reference to the tabloid newspaper that often writes about the show.
“Well, that’s ridiculous,” Walters was reported to have said when she heard that Hasselbeck had quit the show.
With only minutes left before the live program returned, the show’s executive producer Bill Geddie had to convince her to come back.
But right before the show had come back on the air the then producer, Bill Geddie managed to convince her to come back.
“You have to go on because you’re a pro, so come with me,” he said as he got her back to the set before the show closed.
Hasselbeck responded to the new audio in a post on Instagram.
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This. Just. In: Yes-There were times when I was quite humanly reactive. I used a bad word 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