No stranger to the battlefield, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is back in the headlines this week for her latest row on ABC's The View. The newest target: HBO's Real Time host Bill Maher.
Hasselbeck is no stranger to fights on The View. Previous cat fights include the notorious 2007 spat with Rosie O'Donnell and a 2010 quarrel with Kathy Griffin.
The latest battle stems from comments Maher made about Hasselbeck earlier this year.
In a February episode of his show, Maher addressed the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square saying, New rule: now that Hosni Mubarak has released Lara Logan he must put her intrepid hotness on a plane immediately. In exchange, we will send Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
As Tuesday's The View proved, Hasselbeck had far from forgotten Maher's words.
You can't sit here right now and tell me I'm wrong for saying, 'That wasn't that funny,' Hasselbeck remarked.
Sitting side-by-side with Hasselbeck, Maher said that his program is a comedy show that's for a different audience than Hasselbeck's. He added, You are a public figure. It was not aimed at you personally, but when you are a public figure you are out there and you are fodder for comedians to make comments.
Growing increasingly angry, Hasselbeck asked Maher if he would say the comments again.
If I had a crystal ball and knew I was coming here and would have to spend my whole segment talking about it - no!
Hasselbeck's fellow co-hosts seemed equally annoyed by the fight.
I went through years of Baba Wawa and I survived, Walters moaned.
For a moment, it seemed as though the show was back on track. The hosts questioned Maher on the Republican presidential candidates and he made a few remarks before it was clear that Hasselbeck was not finished with her tirade.
After Maher dissed the Republican Party and its pool of candidates, Hasselbeck snapped, Wow, I actually feel smarter sitting next to you.
Really? Maher said. Because I feel like I'm in high school sitting next to you.
Walters put on her ring leader hat and what little remained of Maher's segment on the daytime show resumed without incident.
While Maher was angered that his tiff with Hasselbeck took up the majority of his segment (meant to promote his new book), he later said he actually really likes Hasselbeck.
We have this relationship on TV that we play like we hate each other, he told David Letterman on the Late Show.
Letterman likened their relationship to big time wrestling.
Though Maher had kind words for the daytime host, it didn't stop him from ripping into her once again. Discussing the Hasselbeck confrontation he joked I was abused. I felt like a teenage boy at Penn State.
It was like, 'thank you Elisabeth Hasselbeck for making me look good! Maher quipped, referring to the massive response he got on his Twitter page after the footage aired.
Maher said his Twitter followers usually hate him.
Hasselbeck received a wave of negative tweets on Twitter and responded Wednesday morning:
Comfronting [sic] someone who suggest (even in jest) that you should be traded and gang raped for another woman IS NOT an ATTACK.
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