Former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck released a statement on Instagram Friday responding to the leaked audio of her explosive outburst toward Barbara Walters, reports Buzzfeed News.
“This. Just. In: I am quite humanly reactive. I used bad words when frustrated. I was pregnant with Taylor and a big conversation about the value and the lives of the unborn took place at the View.”
Hasselbeck explained that her emotional reaction was rooted in issues of faith, which originated in her personal belief that God decides the value of the lives of unborn children. She added that she was compelled to utilize “battle words” to get her point across, and mentioned the use of a word in particular that she was not proud of. Hasselbeck apologized for its usage, stating that in the heat of the moment she had felt the desire to protect what she knew as the truth and had seen with her “own eyes” on ultrasound.
Variety originally released the audio in which Hasselbeck can be heard lashing out in anger during an August 2006 episode of the show. The TV personality threatened to quit during a commercial break because she felt Walters was chastising her for her views on the over-the-counter morning-after pill.
Hasselbeck, who argued vehemently against the use of the pill, was not letting the other co-hosts interject to give their opinions.
Walters eventually cut her off on the air, commenting that “we have to learn” how to have a more rational discussion.
Apparently, Hasselbeck was so furious about the exchange she tore up her notecards before heading to a narrow corridor behind the stage.
“F**k that!” Hasselbeck can be heard exclaiming in the audio. “I’m not going to sit there and get reprimanded on the air. It’s not ok to sit there and get reprimanded on the air.”
Co-host Joy Behar attempted to diffuse the situation by steering her into the dressing room, but Hasselbeck remained incensed, ultimately proclaiming, that she was off.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck issued a statement after audio surfaced of a huge fight she got into with Barbara Walters https://t.co/Kbl1UvWvDj
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The View’s executive producer Bill Geddie was summoned to plead with her to return. Mere minutes before the program was set to resume filming, Hasselbeck rejoined the others on the set.
In her message, the former co-host credited God with changing her ways and her heart. She stated that while she still has her right to freedom of religion, she can also now “hold the hand” of someone with opinions different from her own.