Audio of Elisabeth Hasselbeck's 'View' Meltdown Over Barbara Walters Drops Online: 'F--k That!'
Getty
Women of 'The View' -- Then & Now

Hasselbeck threatened to quit 'The View' during a commercial break in 2006, after Walters "reprimanded" her on air.

UPDATE at 10:00AM PT on April 5, 2019: After the audio made headlines, Elisabeth released a statement on Instagram.

"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," she wrote. "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."

She added that she "still [holds] 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"

Original story below...

Elisabeth Hasselbeck came this close to quitting "The View" in 2006, after taking issue with how Barbara Walters treated her during an on-air debate about the morning after pill.

Reporter Ramin Setoodeh wrote about the incident in his just-released tell-all, ""Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View," but now, the audio has also been released (via Variety) and it's just wild.

In August 2006, Hasselbeck stormed off set during a commercial break after Walters cut her off during a fight about the morning after pill. With their mics still on, Elisabeth was all fired up as she spoke with Joy Behar backstage about what just happened.

On the recording, Hasselbeck is heard saying, "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! 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. Read about that in the New York f--king Post!"

She's then heard talking to the show's executive producer Bill Geddie, telling him, "I'm quitting. I don't need to be reprimanded on the air like that by this woman."

He put out the fire and talked her into going back on air, with seconds to spare before coming back from a commercial break. When the show returned, Hasselbeck and Walters referenced their heated discussion in the previous segment, with Barbara telling her cohost she respected her opinions and loved her passion.

Hasselbeck would stick around the show for another seven years.

"Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View", as well as Hasselbeck's own memoir, "Point of View," are out now.

For more from the tell-all, check out our full coverage below:

view photos The Women of 'The View' -- Then & Now

Got a story or a tip for us? Email TooFab editors at tips@toofab.com.

Advertisement