Elisabeth Hasselbeck Interview: The View Future and More

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Let's get this out of the way now: Elisabeth Hasselbeck is no Debbie Matenopoulos; i.e. don't look for her to pose in Playboy any time soon.

But The View host did recently talk about the show and her future with TV Guide. Let's listen in!

TV Guide: Congratulations on your pregnancy! Did you plan it so you could deliver during November sweeps?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
: No. If I could have planned it, I would already have a 1-year-old right now! [She and her husband, New York Giants quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, have a 2-year-old daughter, Grace.]

TV Guide: How would you describe this past year on The View with Star Jones Reynolds' acrimonious departure and Rosie O'Donnell's tumultuous arrival and precipitous decision to leave?
Hasselbeck: Exhilarating. And fun.

TV Guide: C'mon! Wasn't it kind of like reliving Survivor but with better food?
Hasselbeck: It's very different. Underneath these blonde highlights, I'm a fighter. I like to have someone who is as passionate about this world as I am. I found that in Rosie this year. It's been such a privilege to have the most bare-knuckled, honest conversations with her. When someone as strong as Rosie steps in, you either step up or you get disempowered.

TV Guide: Wait! Isn't liberal Rosie a bully who makes Elisabeth cry?
Hasselbeck: Absolutely not! Ro and I have become friends. We e-mail each other, we talk about art, we go out together with our kids. I feel such trust for her. Because we so openly take such opposite positions politically, we have made a concerted effort to get to know each other personally.

TV Guide: How would you answer those who call Rosie an obnoxious loudmouth?
Hasselbeck: I'd like to know the last time someone called a man out there, who was giving an opinion backed up with fact, a "loudmouth." It takes a man to say something completely heinous, chauvinistic and racist for people to even bat an eye.

The Hollywood Gossip note: Mel Gibson is still available for this duty.

TV Guide: Your big YouTube moment was an emotional spat with Barbara Walters over the morning-after pill. Why were you so upset?
Hasselbeck: That situation gets me fired up. It amazes me that people will storm Washington for trees, and yet we don't stand up for the lives of the unborn. It's a personal cause.

TV Guide: Were you fired up enough to want to quit The View?
Hasselbeck: I never have been. I'm a person of strong faith. I believe that God has a plan for me to be here, and I believe that I'm a better citizen because of this job â€" using my mouth and my mind for political causes and social issues.

The Hollywood Gossip note: This runs counter to Antonella Barba, who uses her mouth for ... other things.


Lizzie is out of touch with the reality of most women's lives. It's fine to have a view, but it's better to keep one's view to one's own life, not impose it on others. In any case, Lizzie's views are not even her own views. She is a regurgitator. I can read the same stuff myself, and I'm an intelligent, conservative Republican. I have been all my life. I don't need a kid her age telling me anything. She's a joke. PS. I gave Obama's campaign the maximum contribution support. I helped vote him in and I'm proud that I never believed a single liberal Republican lie.


Wow; I believe that Elizabeth has no control over her words she obviously ill informed about any information she tries to present. Honestly out of all four of them she seems to be the least educated. The only advice I would give Elizabeth is please take an Ethics course; a few Political Science classes would hurt either.


I just don't like her at all. She really needs to go.
She is so insecure, she is also full of nastiness for
Obama. I really think the show would do so much better
if she were not on the View. I don't watch it at all
because of her nastiness.
I would not put her on any show at all.
I really liked the View until they brought her on
board now it isn't worth watching and I really like
all the other woman. I really liked Rosie.


What world do you live in. Elizebeth your a disgrace to all people. I use to like the GIANTS by now I have my doubts because of you. I hope the giants vote for the better man OBAMA. Tim I feel sorry for you because you are being used for your name, who is this B---H you call your wife oh she is REP.


I was disappointed by Joy's comment today, 10/2/08 that Gwen
Ifil should resign from being the Biden-Palin moderator because she has written a book with Obama in one of the chapters. Gwen Ifil is a brilliant newsperson and has more than paid her dues. Why should she give up this opportunity because some bigot said this about her?


I look like Rosie, I lie like Rosie and I am a hater like Rosie. What shall I do?


they need to take elizabeth off the view she is a trouble maker always arguing with people


I agree that Elizabeth has to struggle to be heard. She's outnumbered with liberals. Thank God she's there to be the voice of reason. I saw today's show and saw how utterly rude they were to McCain. I'm totally disappointed in Barbara. I've always respected her, but she was heartless to McCain today. She jumped on him and wouldn't even let him make himself heard. I'm pleased how Whoopie has softened from her old image, but she's too dumb to realize that slavery is illegal. She can sound stupid as she did today. I was beginning to like her. Joy needs to be gagged sometimes. There is nothing soft and sensitive about her. And I'm sad that Sherri felt the need some time ago to share that she had all those abortions. Geez, what a group!!


Elisabeth is nothing but a pinhead. I bet she still believes in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. She will believe anything the republican party says. She always has an excuse. She can't give an intelligent answer or even have backbone enough to disagree. She wants to sit on her throne and tell every other woman in America what to do with their bodies...explain that to the little girl who was impregnated by her abusive father! Prolifers are the first ones to have abortions...when it suits them!


I have never understood why Hasselbeck was on this program in the first place. So what she won Survivor, a program about money-grubbing and attention-desiring folk, which I am proud to say was never "family" programming at my home. She was VERY UNPROFESSONAL discussing a former guest and Presidential candidate's wife (in this context) at this luncheon. I am certain she knew cameras were rolling and that her comments would end up online and in the media. This level of conniving behavior needs to be reprimanded...she needs to be released at her next contract negotiations. Anyway, she really isn't very bright, which is why she interrupts her co-hosts incessantly when she disagrees with them; she is the female version of O'Reilly. People like her are destroying our wonderful and beautiful United States.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck Biography

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, former Survivor contestant, is a co-host on The View. She can be real annoying but she will keep things interesting... More »
Cranston, Rhode Island
Full Name
Elisabeth DelPadre Filarski Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Quotes

Right now, with two kids, one 3 and one 5 months, a little walk for ice cream with the kids is perfectly romantic. When they are falling asleep in the stroller and [we can] just take in the city together.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck [on the spark in her marriage]

Body image has nothing to do with scale numbers, it's how you feel inside. This is the first time I've felt free from that, because I am working out in a way where I feel so strong that there's no room for those doubts.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck