Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Don’t pity me on ‘The View’

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Generally speaking, I couldn’t care less about The View. The only woman on there I have a genuine affection for is Whoopi Goldberg, and the part I like about her is that she really, really doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks of her. That being said, I do enjoy reading about what goes on behind the scenes on The View, and this new interview is riveting. The ladies sat down for a cover interview with Ladies Home Journal (story via OK! Magazine) and the results were hilarious. Should I be ashamed for chuckling at several different parts of the interview? I don’t care. These women are cracking me up. From Barbara Walters trying to convince the world that big, burly Los Angels police officers are fans of The View, to Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s snotty attitude about people pitying her, this one’s a classic:

The ladies of The View are quite a collection of characters, and it’s no secret that Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck don’t always get along. The co-hosts are all sharing one thing however — the October cover of Ladies Home Journal. Inside they dish on their chemistry, their disagreements and their success.

On the secret of their success:
Barbara: “The chemistry is the most important thing. We have been imitated again and again – by men, by other programs – and the thought is there should be one older person, one comedian, one black person, and one younger person, and that will make it work. And it doesn’t. Our roles on the show have changed and I think we’re better than ever because of this group.”

On disagreeing on set:
Whoopi: “There are times when you think, I shouldn’t have said that, and I’m sorry. But nobody cares if you say something tough – it’s over and done with. They’re like, No, no, no I know what you meant. The next day you’re back on cue. Or five minutes later, after the commercial, you’re back to being the two of you.”
Elizabeth: “We know what triggers the other person, but we also believe what we believe. It’s all up for discussion, and we know we’re all coming back tomorrow. So we love each other even though we don’t always agree.”
Joy: “We are a reality show of the real kind. You watch the Jon & Kate Plus 8 shows, but they’ve been faking things for two years. We have a real show, we are real people and the audience relates to that.”

About the fighting rumors:
Whoopi: “The idea was put into people’s minds before I arrived – that was played up with [former co-host] Rosie [O’Donnell], and it stuck. I think for a while things got more personal than they should have and people glommed onto that. I think people want there to be feuds. But I am too lazy to fight – it takes too much energy to keep it going.”
Elizabeth: “I typically get two comments. One is, ‘I feel so bad for you.’ Or: ‘That has to be difficult to do every day.’ Neither is true, and I don’t enjoy pity. Anyway, the show isn’t as interesting when we agree.”

On memorable guests:
Sherri: “I love the gorgeous men who come through and that I get to put my hand on their thighs. The guys love it. Robert Downey Jr. put my head in his lap. And they kiss you. What kind of job do I have? Every man I love turns around and gives me a kiss. When [Barack] Obama showed up, I was like, this is it, I am done. And Jonathan Rhys Meyers? I am like a predator cougar on that boy. I will hurt you.”

On their male fans:
Barbara: “I don’t think of us as a woman’s show. I was at the Michael Jackson memorial, and these male cops kept saying, ‘I watch your show every day!”
Elizabeth: “My husband, Tim [Hasselbeck, former NFL quarterback] has played for two or three teams since I’ve been on the show, and every team he’s been on, they all watch the show while they’re icing their legs. They sit and watch and try to get what women are about.”

On Barbara’s little-known expertise:
Sherri: “Barbara gives the best single-women advice…about raising my son and relationships. She also gives good advice about sex.”

[From OK! Magazine]

I now love Sherri a little bit for saying Robert Downey Jr. and Jonathan Rhys Meyers were her favorite boys. I just went and watched Jonathan’s last interview on The View (he’s been on several times, so he must love those ladies too), and they’re all drooling over him. And now I am going to try to work “I am like a predator cougar on that boy. I will hurt you” into my everyday conversation this week. One part that OK! didn’t excerpt was where Sherry claims that John McCain’s appearance on the show was not a happy one. Sherri says, “John McCain was not happy with us. I don’t know if he and his wife thought we were just going to bake cookies or something, but we asked some pretty tough questions.” I can’t believe that excerpt got cut out while OK! made us hear about Barbara’s sex advice!

Here are the ladies of “The View” at the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend in January. Images thanks to WENN.com .
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  1. lalala says:

    who would pity her. i pity her kids and anyone in her life that has to listen to hasselcracks voive and so called advice

  2. For Sooth? says:

    You know, I started reading this without viewing the “reporter”. Then when I saw the huge swipe taken at Elizabeth I had to go back to make sure I had zeroed in on the culprit and sure enough, I nailed it in one.
    As always, Kaiser takes an easy hit at Elizabeth. It’s interesting that Kaiser saw this as being “snotty”. I see it as being practical and not being a victim.

    By the way, that is a great shot of “snotty”. She’s quite a pretty woman. I do wish she would take voice lessons to lower her voice and ease the nasal out.

  3. Susette says:

    I only actually watched this show once. A celebrity I liked was on, so I tuned in. Whoopi was the only one I didn’t want to slap. One of them would ask the celeb a question, then another one would interrupt the celeb’s answer. It was annoying as hell.

  4. Diane says:

    I’ve enjoyed Whoopi in film for a long time, but didn’t care for her on the view. She is the moderator who intros the commercials and didn’t have much of a voice, especially when Barbara was present.

    More annoying than entertaining = )

  5. Sudini says:

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck is such a complete tool. Just epically retarded and small minded…

    But I LOVE me some Whoopi. I would love to just sit down and drink a bottle of wine with her.

  6. wow says:

    I don’t mind Elisabeth. I love that she doesn’t back down even though she has opposing views. She stands her ground, even if she’s the minority as the only one on panel having a different view point. I have a respect for people like that.

    I like the other girls as well, except for Barbara Walters herself. Don’t care much for her.

  7. Dorothy says:

    OMG I actually watch the View and Whoopie is so annoying. She can’t handle it if it is not going her way. She does not let other people talk. She gets upset and makes faces and then tries to go to commercial when someone else is disagreeing with her! TEAM JOY

  8. Heavenbound says:

    Dorothy, I agree with you regarding Whoopi, she makes the most idiotic comments, can’t stand Joy.. another idiot… actually the whole show sucks!

  9. danielle says:

    I don’t like Elizabeth, but I agree that her comment in this interview was a nice comment and applaud her for not playing a victim.

  10. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    If anything, it seemed to me that if she were acting in a way that could be interpreted as ‘snotty’, it’s because that comment seemed to suddenly came out of the ether. If there were some interstitial comments that I don’t see here, that’s another story. If it was that sudden, and she’s playing the put-upon confessor, then I don’t cotton to that at all.

  11. Tina says:

    elisabeth kind of gets on my nerves sometimes- but at the same time i have a great respect for her because she doesent back down from her views because people over the world dont agree with her. she stands her ground and doesent say sorry for what she thinks. i love whoopi shes really great and so funny! 🙂

  12. Really? says:

    She can say what she wants, gets paid, and never gets grief to take off time from her part-time job to have a baby or three.
    What is there to pity?

  13. Anastasia says:

    Never backs down? The woman CRIES if she’s called on her BS! LOL! Please. I love that she’s the “face” and “voice” of the right. Her arguments are so easily shot down and she’s so small-minded, it’s perfect!

  14. Hieronymus Grex says:

    What is the sound of five hens clucking? The View.

  15. huriu says:

    Cry me a river Lizzy.

  16. Pam says:

    Congrats to the ladies of the View on their Emmy win. Hey I love all of you.

  17. Tia C says:

    If Elizab*tch Hasselbeck really believes that her hubby and his teammates actually watch “The View” in the locker room, she is way stupider than I even thought. Isn’t she a good little wifey for believing that BS, though? LOL

  18. Bam Bam says:

    CB – showing your political slant there, there’s nothing wrong with Elizabeth, except the lefties don’t like her because she doesn’t cave to their ideas. Without someone like her, the show would be unnotable.

  19. TaylorB says:

    “Barbara gives the best single-women advice… She also gives good advice about sex.”

    I am fairly sure that if Barbara Walters shared her sex advice with me I would go make myself a tall, cool Drano/Clorox cocktail and call it a day.

  20. original kate says:

    i feel bad for elizabeth’s children, having to grow up with someone as narrow-minded as she is.

  21. rolover says:

    I pity all those who actually WATCH Hasselbeck – why pity the winner of mostannoyingpersonever.com?!?!