A then-pregnant Elisabeth Hasselbeck with Joy Behar and Barbara Walters when Walters got a star on the Walk of Fame. 6/14/07. Credit: WENN
Remember when Sherri Shepherd started crying on “The View” the day after Obama won and said she could now tell her son that anything was possible and it would be true? Token conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck was the next person to express her feelings about Obama’s election and she seemed genuinely affected by both Sherri’s emotional response and the elation of a large portion of the country. Showing some patriotism and probably an innate deference to authority, Elisabeth said she would “get in a long line of supporters… and support our president because that is what an American should do.”
According to the National Enquirer, Elisabeth may have been a lot more affected by the potential loss of her job than by the optimism and hope sweeping the nation. Hasselbeck campaigned for McCain and Palin and made some rude remarks about future first lady Michelle Obama’s preshow requests, a real faux pas for a talkshow hostess. Her boss, sourpuss Barbara Walters, is now worrying that the sought-after first lady will shun the talk show if Elisabeth doesn’t get on board quick. Walters is said to have demanded that Elisabeth make a statement in support of Obama and she even wants her to write a personal letter of apology to Michelle:
After months of criticizing President-elect Barack Obama on “The View,” the talk show’s resident Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck has done a surprising about-face and now says she supports him.
Insiders tell The Enquirer she’s been forced to play nice because Barbara Walters fears Michelle Obama might boycott the show because of Elisabeth’s nasty remarks about the future first lady.
In September, Elisabeth hosted a luncheon for Cindy McCain and told the crowd that both Cindy and Michelle had appeared on “The View,” and that “unlike another wife of a political candidate who shall remain nameless, Cindy McCain had nothing to hide.”
Elisabeth was referring to the fact that during Michelle’s appearance, she did not want the conversation focused on the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright or on the Obama’s two young daughters.
Barbara blew up at Elisabeth when she heard that Michelle had found out about Elisabeth’s caustic comments.
“Barbara told her that if Michelle never appeared on the show again, it would be her fault,” continued the source. “She told Elisabeth she better declare on the air that she supports the country’s pick…
Barbara also wants Elisabeth to send Michelle a letter of apology.
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, November 24, 2008]
The Enquirer gets a lot of scoops about The View and I would bet they have a very solid source. There have been rumors that Elisabeth might leave the show to become one of those attractive one note pundits on Fox, but she’s denied plans to leave. Now that the political climate of the nation has changed and Fox is just singing the same old misleading song Elisabeth has little choice but to change her tune. At least she seems convincing about it.