A newly leaked audio reveals the explosive outburst by Elisabeth Hasselbeck as she tried to quit “The View” after heated on-air fight with Barbara Walters.
The former co-host of “The View” stormed off the set and tried to quit during a 2006 show in the middle of a commercial break, according to Variety.
**Warning for language.
Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh detailed the confrontation between Walters and the show’s former conservative co-host in his new book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,'” describing the Hot Topics debate about the FDA plan to allow the over-the-counter consumption of the morning-after pill.
Hasselbeck, who was fired from “The View” in 2013, argued that taking the pill was “the same thing as birthing a baby and leaving it out in the street.”
“Could you stop now?” Walters interjected. “We have to go on and we have to learn how to discuss these things in some sort of rational way.”
As the show broke away to commercial, Hasselbeck reportedly tore up her notecards and stormed off the set. Audiotape revealed the co-host screaming in a hallway behind the stage, “F— that!”
“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 as co-host Joy Behar attempted to calm her down.
“Come into my office here,” Behar said.
“What the f—!” Hasselbeck shouted. “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. Good-bye! I’m off. Write about that in the New York f-king Post!”
She reportedly then hid in her dressing room and refused to come out to finish the show.
“Well, that’s ridiculous,” Walters had responded when she was told Hasselbeck had quit. “We’ve got to be able to have these discussions.”
“I quit. I’m quitting,” Hasselbeck could be heard saying. “I don’t need to be reprimanded on air like that by this woman. I will take it in the meeting, I will not take that on air. I’m over. I’m leaving. Barbara just fully reprimanded me live on the show to everybody in America.”
“You have to go on because you’re a pro, so come with me,” Bill Geddie, the show’s executive producer, said explaining that he discussed the issue with Walters. He finally convinced her to return to the set just minutes before the the live show resumed.
The women cleared the air amid hugs and praise for each other as the show wrapped up.
In an Instagram post on Friday, Hasselbeck responded to the newly released clip, explaining that she “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,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”
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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
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