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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Spars With Bill Maher Over Egypt Joke on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 15th 2011 2:30PM
Bill Maher probably thought he was going on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to talk about the comically inept field of Republican presidential candidates, and maybe to plug his book, 'The New New Rules.' Instead, his segment was sidetracked by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who seemed hurt and outraged by a joke Maher told about her and CBS correspondent Lara Logan nearly a year ago.

On the Feb. 4 episode of 'Real Time,' as the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square were unfolding, Maher made the following joke about Logan and Hasselbeck. "New rule: now that Hosni Mubarak has released Lara Logan, he must put her intrepid hotness on a plane immediately. In exchange, we will send Elisabeth Hasselbeck." Over a week later, on Feb. 15, the public would learn that Logan had suffered a brutal sexual assault on Feb. 11 in Tahrir Square. When Maher told the joke, he couldn't have known that Logan had been raped.

Despite that timeline, Hasselbeck started the segment by reading the joke back to Maher, and asking if he still stood behind it. "Would you say that again, if you're so supportive of women?"

"If I had a crystal ball and knew I was coming here and had to spend my whole segment talking about it, no I wouldn't," he replied. The rest of the panel clearly wanted to move on from the awkwardness, but Hasselbeck wouldn't let it go.

"I wasn't hurt, he can't hurt me, I said that before," she protested, after Barbara Walters suggested the joke had hurt her feelings.

Later, when the conversation turned to Herman Cain's Libya gaffe, Hasselbeck was still holding a grudge. When Maher commented that Cain and Rick Perry's recent blunders show "the Republican party doesn't care about knowledge or knowing things," she shot back, "Really? 'Cuz you're so brilliant, wow, I actually feel smarter sitting next to you." That was one jab too many for Maher, who responded, "Really? 'Cuz I feel like I'm in high school sitting next to you."

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I don't even watch the View anymore because of Behar. Her and Maher should go do their thing in the comedy clubs. They are both trashy and Behar shoudl be the one off the show. But they are all liberals so what can you expect. Than Heavens for Elisabeth. She is one of the only intelligent ones on the show. You go Elisabeth and do not give up.

November 16 2011 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hasselback is young and born with a silver spoon her mouth. I felt she attack Maher more for his crapping on the republican party then comment made about her. It's sad that young people like herself are given opportunities that more qualified people are over-looked. She was able to land the job based on people she knew and not what's between her ears.

November 16 2011 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why on earth The View continues to provide Hasselback a chair and 'on-air' time to make such a fool of herself is beyond me. Clearly, with the exception of Elizabeth, the panel consists of intelligent, seasoned women who have earned their respected place in the media. With the continual display of immaturity, Elizabeth appears to struggle for position and at many times shows ittle respect for her co-panelists. It would be a gift to viewers if Barbara would either give Elizabeth some good sage advice or consider a replacement!

November 16 2011 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

Hasselback, Palin and Bachmann...all three....need a 12 month stint along the Afghan/Paki border.....

November 16 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Elisabeth Hasselbeck's control of the Bill Maher Segment of "The View" was apalling.
Does she remember what she said about Erin Andrews, who was a contestant on DWTS, sometime ago??
What a short memory! She was very insulting about the inappropriate costumes and had to apologize to Erin the next day. Barbara Walters should not have let her take control, she wound up wasting his (Bill's) alotted time.

November 16 2011 at 1:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Daniel Raimondi

i love miss hasselbeck outift she has really big thighs but when it comes to history and politics her and maher are both twits

November 16 2011 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Once again Half Pint gave Bill more material to work with. Wait isn't the show called the View? Half Pint that means everyone has a view and guess what sometimes it won't be complementing of you - we have always joked she was what people dis Kim K about ... you rose from reality TV dear.. that's it! You regurgitate others political opinions to a fault. and exude a whiny and pathetic take on anything that you don't understand or that disses you ... man up - weren't you on Survivor? He's a comedian silly girl one who tells jokes at the expense of others! Others =You! I am disappointed Barbara didn't check her - she was immature and unprofessional! Grudge much! Admit it you were still sulking and you thought you would get him back - ha once again you got yourself! I understand Half Pint is there to serve her demographic but there are millions of young women in her demo that could outshine her in a heartbeat ... damn Lisa Ling... I know you're busy but you got any referrals for Barbara!

November 15 2011 at 11:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Seriously? Send her with her gal pal Sarah P...they seem to think they are better than the rest of us.

EH must move over to FoX..maybe that will make the princess happy.

November 15 2011 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Her snarkiness actully went on LONGER. She was a total BITCH and UNPROFESSIONAL and tainted the entire show with her behaviour for the rest of the hour!

November 15 2011 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Baba was PISSED, and so was Whoopi.. Lizibitch has GOT TO GO. She was absolutely APPALLING today.

November 15 2011 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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