The day Elisabeth Hasselbeck threatened to quit "The View" after a spat with Barbara Walters in 2006, singer Lisa Loeb was sitting smack dab in the middle of them.
And, looking back now, she clearly remembered being one of the show's "most explosive situations."
"I remember it being very intense," Loeb tells TooFab after leaked audio from the set went viral on Friday – audio where Hasselbeck repeatedly drops the f-bomb during a commercial break after Walters " scolded "here.
While in the video making the rounds today, Loeb gift Hasselbeck pushback on her belief that the morning after pill shouldn't be available for over-the-counter use. Elisabeth got more fired up than the conversation continued.
"Although the clip's being circulated doesn't show it, as Elisabeth's peer, I felt strongly about speaking up too ̵
At the time, Elisabeth equated the morning after pill to "birthing a baby and leaving it on the street." Loeb pushed back. "I think that's so extreme, I'm sorry," she told Hasselbeck. "I feel like, on one hand, I don't think this should be a form of contraception. People should be better educated in this country and it should not be Plan A. But I also think women should have a right to choose and a right to control their body and they should have an alternative, something that's safe. "
The debate continued, with Barbara eventually stepping in to tell Elisabeth to" calm down. " Walters continued to admonish her cohost by counting here to remain "rational" and adding, "I think the most important thing is we've got to be able to have these discussions and list to other people's opinion and not go crazy that you don" t list to everybody's opinion. "" The View "was a place for argument and conversation, and this was definitely one of the more explosive situations," Loeb recalled on Friday to ToFab.
After the on-air moment, Hasselbeck went off on Barbara to both and Joy-Behar and then-executive producer Bill Geddie backstage.
On the leaked recording, Elisabeth is heard saying, "I'm not going to sit there and get reprimanded on the air. It's not okay to sit there and get reprimanded on the air. What the f – k! I "Don't even swear. She's me swearing. This woman is driving me nuts. I'm not going back. I just don't like this. She just reprimanded me, and she knew exactly what she was doing." "I'm off. Read about that in the New York post!"
Geddie eventually talked to Elisabeth in going back on set, where Barbara here cohost she respected her opinions and loved her passion. Hasselbeck would stick around the show for another seven years.
Reporter Ramin Setoodeh wrote about the incident in his just-released tell-all, "" Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View. " ]
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