Elisabeth Hasselbeck is breaking her silence after the release of an audio recording in which she quit “The View” during a commercial break following a heated exchange with Barbara Walters.
Variety has released a new audio clip as allegations continue to emerge from the explosive new book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’.
The video shows the panel discussing the FDA allowing the “morning-after” pill to be sold over the counter back in 2006, with Hasselbeck arguing that taking the pill was “the same thing as birthing a baby and leaving it out in the street.”
When Walters interrupted her discussion and insisted, “We have to go on and we have to learn how to discuss these things in some sort of rational way,” Hasselbeck ripped up her notecards and stormed off.
“F**k that!” she could be heard screaming in the tape. “I’m not going to sit there and get reprimanded on the air. It’s not okay to sit there and get reprimanded on the air.”
“What the f**k!” she continued as people tried to calm her down, adding: “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. Goodbye! I’m off. Write about that in the New York F**KING Post!”
The show’s executive producer Bill Geddie eventually convinced Hasselbeck to return to the panel. Hasselbeck would be fired from “The View” in 2013.
Following the recording’s release, Hasselbeck took to social media to offer a lengthy response, admitting she is “quite humanly reactive. I used bad words when frustrated.”
In defence of her extreme reaction, Hasselbeck explains that she was pregnant at the time, “and a big conversation about the value and the lives of the unborn took place… I used fighting words because I believe that God decides the value of the lives of babies,” Hasselbeck wrote.
“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),” she added, addressing her use of the F-word.
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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