Audio has surfaced of ‘The View’ former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck having a massive meltdown and cursing up a storm after Barbara Walters famously reprimanded her on-air.
The audio, obtained by Variety, is from an August 2, 2006 incident that began with Hasselbeck, Walters and Joy Behar debating on a Hot Topics segment about the FDA’s proposal to allow the morning-after pill to be over-the-counter.
Hasselbeck became infuriated at the end of the segment when Walters told her to “calm down.” Once the show went to commercial break, the audio reveals Hasselbeck stormed offstage and threatening to quit to producers while Behar tried to defuse the situation.
The host told Behar she was not going to be reprimanded live on air by Walters, saying, “What the f**k! I don’t even swear. This woman is driving me nuts!”
Hasselbeck then said she was quitting despite the show not being over. She spoke aloud backstage, “Write about that in the New York F*cking Post!”
Walters can be heard in the audio telling producers to get Hasselbeck back immediately and that they had a show to finish. Hasselbeck had to be begged by producers and informed that Walters made the wrong move. She made it back on air within 45 seconds of the show coming returning live.
Walters asked Hasselbeck prior to the show coming back on air if she could handle it and prodded her for being too emotional. The show came back and the two appeared to make up.
Hasselbeck just addressed the leaked audio, and explained she was passionate during the reaction. She also says God has now “changed” her ways and taught her to deal with her emotions.
The audio has been brought to light just as a book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’” written by Ramin Setoodeh, hits newsstands.