Barbara Walters yelled at pregnant, messy Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Just before Elisabeth left The View to go on maternity leave (and give birth to a healthy baby boy), it seems she and Barbara Walters had a huge fight. The fight wasn’t what I expected – it was nothing about politics or the strained atmosphere of The View. No, Barbara and Elisabeth fought about Elisabeth having a messy dressing room. Barbara demanded that Elisabeth clean up the mess before she left on maternity leave. The whole thing doesn’t really reek of professionalism, actually. It sounds like Barbara was really condescending to a very pregnant woman who probably had a hard time bending down and picking anything up. That being said, whatever happened to the nesting instinct? Shouldn’t pregnancy make Elisabeth want to clean up her nest?

Talk about tough love! “View” Big Momma Barbara Walters ripped into expectant momma Elisabeth Hasselbeck just before [she] took off on maternity leave to drop her bouncing baby boy – bitching that her filthy dressing room looks like a Dumpster with a door!

Barbara flipped, says my ABC insider, when she stopped by Elisabeth’s between-scenes lair, found it littered with discarded mags, newspapers, junk mail, clothes, etc and screamed at staffers: “There have been rat problems in this building, but you wouldn’t even be able to find them in this mess!”

Walters called Elisabeth in for a big-girl talk and stormed: “Clean your messy dressing room!” Worse, she insisted Little Lizzie had to tidy up her room BEFORE splitting on maternity leave.

Luckily, Big Momma’s scolding didn’t induce premature birth.

[From the National Enquirer, print edition, Mike Walker’s column, August 31 2009]

My biggest “messy” peeve is people who don’t probably dispose of food. That’s the height of grossness for me, people who just leave food laying out, or leave it to rot. But it doesn’t seem like Elisabeth is that person – most of her mess seems paper-oriented, which I can relate to. I’m not a messy person, but I have real problems throwing away magazines. I need to get a better system for my old Vogues and Vanity Fairs, because right now I just have piles of magazines laying around. But they are organized! I have my own system. Don’t yell at me, Babs!

Two of the temporary “replacements” for Elisabeth (while she’s on maternity leave) were just announced today. For much of September, we’re going to be graced by either Meghan McCain, or E.D. Hill. Meghan is the daughter of Sen. John McCain, and she’s been a guest and a guest hostess of The View before, famously telling a weight-critizing Laura Ingraham to “kiss my fat ass!” E.D. Hill is the former Fox News anchor who famously called the Obamas’ fist-bump a “terrorist fist-jab”. So, yeah… these are the women who they get to replace Elisabeth. Should be interesting.

Barbara Walters is shown on 2/4/09. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is shown on 5/5/09. Credit:


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  1. Jills says:

    I no longer watch The View because I can’t stand Hasselbitch. Now that Windy Williams show is on at the same time that is what I watch. I used to get so upset by all the stupid things EH would say. That stress has been eliminated now that I have an alternative, and I choose WENDY! I don’t miss those View hags one bit.

  2. ToddRH says:

    Well, true, she is annoying but no more (in an opposite way) than Sherri. The only difference is that Sherri has Whoopie to back her up and agree with her. Sometimes it even looks like Joy is terrified of Whoopie so she tends to side with her as well.

    As far as the dressing room goes, I’m sure there are more than enough “assistants” roaming the hallways to keep the room clean that the story sounds fishy.

  3. Firestarter says:

    I hate The View and all the women on it.

  4. Shanny says:

    I hate the view too and I wish Baba Wawa would retire allready, Man I loath Baba Wawa.

  5. Cinderella says:

    E.D. Hill sure screwed her up her career with that ridiculous comment. She used to be watchable on Fox and Friends way back, but she changed.

  6. Diane says:

    Whoopie always appeared mentally neutered when Barbara was on. She dominates, after all it’s her show = )

    Entertainment and intellectual level of this group of women is …. very low = )

    (I use past tense, because I don’t view the view)

  7. HEB says:

    Megan McCain confirmed on twitter yesterday that she is the sub

  8. icky says:

    that is one b*tch face Barbra Wawa’s got going on in the above picture

  9. ! says:

    Of all the things to yell at her about…

    BTW, I’m a staunch liberal, but I LOVE Megan McCain.

  10. Kaboom says:

    Shouldn’t a conservative have two illegal mexican maids who clean up after them?

  11. benchmark says:

    I don’t watch “The View” either… now that Elisabeth is on leave.

  12. Baby says:

    I’m starting to feel bad for Elizabeth. She might be annoying, but I don’t get all the unbridled venom spewed at her.

  13. girl says:

    Wow, that is NOT a flattering maternity dress.

    Edited to add: I don’t get a lot of the venom spewed at her either. They have all said some pretty stupid things at times. I might have just missed it but wasn’t Rosie O’Donnell a pretty big (no pun intended at all) truther?

  14. Praise St. Angie! says:

    to Baby and girl…I’ll take a crack at answering that question.

    she is supposed to represent the “conservative” view on that show. however, she seems unable to present a view other than what she’s heard or read on conservative leaning news shows or papers. (the so-called “conservative talking points”.)

    when she’s challenged on a topic, she is unable to support her view because all she does is parrot what she reads/hears and is basically just not smart enough to articulate her OWN view, and then give reasons why she feels that way. It’s as if she doesn’t really believe or understand the things she says but just repeats them because “that’s what a conservative is supposed to believe”. (don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of so-called liberals who do the same thing.)

    plus, she also cries (literally) when challenged, and claims that the other women are ganging up on her.

    there are plenty of SMART women out there who can represent the conservative viewpoint on a show like that, but instead Babs chose some thin-skinned crybaby to be that role.

  15. Lizzard says:

    I don’t watch the View since I work and it’s not something I actually would watch on a DVR, but I’ll catch glimpses of it now and then if I’m at the gym getting ready to go back to work. I feel bad for Elisabeth though! I mean she is like constantly being attacked for having opinions other than that of the other hosts on the show. She may come across as annoying but she is only trying to defend herself or her opinions half the time.

    As far as a mess ydressing room is concerned, that whole story makes no sense at all! If she had clothes and papers (magazines, mail, newspapers, etc.) all over the place, how would that have anything to do with a rat problem? It’s not like she had about 20 cans of diet coke and old pizza boxes and food that rats would actually probably be interested in or other bugs for that matter. Papers and clothes could have been put into one nice big pile and clothes could have been hung or folded neatly before she left without having to get scolded for it. Who’s to say she wasn’t planning on doing that anyway? I doubt she or anyone would want to take a maternity leave while their dressing room, office, desk is a total disaster area. You’d want to come back to something clean and neat and orderly.

  16. Lissa says:

    Who yells at a pregnant woman???
    I can’t stand Baba wawa, and the other liberal idiots on that show.

  17. wow says:

    Eh, I liek Elizabeth. I don’t agree with some of the things she’s said, but that’s one of the reasons I like her…she doesn’t back down or “go along with the crowd”. Love her for that.

    But the girl does have the messiest dressing room out of all of the ladies. They even did a little segment once on their dressing rooms (with video) and how she has the worst one. I don’t blame them for making sure she cleans it before leaving for months on end.

  18. Jackie says:

    How old is she? She looks 50 in that pic; she needs to lay off the botox

    I cannot abide her; or any of the rest of them on the View

    Elizabeth and Sherri are both horrible

  19. sumeria says:

    I call bullsh*t on this “story”. This moment actually happened on air, and Babs teased her, not chastised her. I don’t remember how the conversation started, but it tangentially ended with Babs outing Elizabeth as a messy mavis and Elizabeth doing the guilty smirk and giggle. I belive it was Joy who quiped, who cares so long as she cleans it up before she goes on leave.

    Are we not yet over creating drama between women when there is none?

  20. Ggirl says:

    To Diane: Love the “mentally neutered” comment.

    I also get the feeling that there is more to the story than a messy dressing room. It sounds like typical passive-aggressive Barbara Walters. The woman can be a vyper!

  21. Katyusha says:

    @ Kaboom

    Yes, she should because tax payers are paying for them, regardless 🙂

  22. Anastasia says:

    I don’t support this idea that pregnant women can’t bend over or pick anything up. Puh-leeze. I was working my butt off until 24 hours before I gave birth, going up and down three flights of stairs, teaching high school kids, cleaning, doing laundry and running errands all the time, washing the car, you name it. Pregnant women, short of some medical restriction, aren’t disabled.

  23. j. ferber says:

    Kaboom, great comment. Anastasia, you go, girl. I’d also like to pick a bone with Kaiser. You say the mess didn’t include old, rotting food, but, alas, you blithely skip over the “etc.” at the end of the list. Is it not possible that the weeks-old, half-eaten pizza and gooey leftovers of Chinese take-out are included in that “etc.?” You may call this nitpicking, but I prefer to think of it as a closer reading of the text.

  24. j. ferber says:

    On another point, just because Elisabeth was pregnant, it didn’t give her license to be a pig. Clean your damn room, Elisabeth!

  25. For Sooth? says:

    Although her voice annoys the heck out of me I have to give her credit for going in every day against a stacked deck. She doesn’t just spout talking points, I’ve seen her break down agruments into logical assumptions. I think people have a preconceived notion of her. She’s become fair game just like Palin (the ‘ol Salinsky model, although not exclusive to this admin., but in full force thanks to Rahm and Barack, courtesy of the Chicago politicking style) and they will run with it. Even if the woman has made an honest attempt to bone up on subjects others will insist it’s ALL talking points. That goes both ways people. The other three are just as devout with their preconcieved notions about the last administration and this one. Joy is the absolute worst though. But I also agree that Barbara is a back stabbing viper.

  26. Shanny says:

    Anastacia you are crazy, and you must not have ever been pregnant, because I have been preg and when I was 8-9 mos there was no way I could bend over, the baby in the belly does not bend.
    I worked too through my pregnancy, I worked the day before I went into labor and yes I could do laundry and cook, BUT I COULD NOT BEND OVER TO THE FLOOR, THE BABY BELLY IS NOT FLEXABLE.

  27. Mikunda says:

    @ Anastasia and Shanny:
    When I was pregnant I did yoga until 24 hours before giving birth, and I could indeed bend over, no problems. And I walked 3-5 miles every day, and did the laundry and washed the floors, etc.

    On a separate note, sorry Kaiser but I think this story is a waste of time.

  28. Magsy says:

    The View Sucks

  29. michelle says:

    yes, she is a pain in the ass but her hormones are freaky friday. Barbara is a royal bitch. who really watches that show????