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 — 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.