Elisabeth Hasselback Just Blessed Us With A Dramatic New Meme
As the prophet Britney Spears once sang, "Another day, another drama".
It's been less than a week since the release of Ramin Setoodeh's book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of 'The View', but things just keep getting juicier.
Here's the background info: In Ladies Who Punch, Setoodeh detailed one morning where former View co-host Elisabeth Hasselback -- the Survivor sweetheart turned Republican pundit -- got so mad at her co-host Barbara Walters over the morning after pill, that she straight up tried to quit her job during a commercial break.
Elisabeth was arguing that taking the morning after pill was “the same thing as birthing a baby and leaving it out in the street,” (ping I don't think that's science), and called it "a slippery slope to eliminating life", before getting read down by Babs.
“We have to go on and we have to learn how to discuss these things in some sort of rational way,” Barbara said, telling Elisabeth to calm down.
Instead of calming down, Elisabeth chose a different route, which involved tearing up her cards, storming backstage and trying to quit during the ad break.
With her mic still on, Elisabeth was caught yelling up a storm backstage, and with the 2006 audio obtained by Variety over the weekend, a meme was born.
"F**k. That!" she snapped to View co-host Joy Behar. "I'm not going to sit there and get reprimanded on the air!
“What the f**k!” she yelled. “I don’t even swear. She has me swearing. This woman is driving me nuts. I’m not going back. I can’t do the show like this. She just reprimanded me, and she knew exactly what she was doing."
Elisabeth and Joy went back and forth like this, before Elisabeth uttered the instantly iconic line:
"Goodbye! I’m off. Write about that in the New York F—ING Post!”
You just can't script lines like this, and Twitter knows a good line when they see one.
So how did it all play out? Well! Informed by a producer and Joy that Elisabeth wasn't coming back to the stage, Barbara called her "ridiculous". Elisabeth -- by then in her dressing room -- was saying "I quit! I'm quitting!" and reiterating that she wouldn't be reprimanded on air.
With 45 seconds until the show was back on air, Elisabeth received a rushed pep talk from producer Bill Geddie, who called her "a professional" and told her to get back on stage as they rushed up the stairs because the elevator was going to take too long.
With seconds to spare, Elisabeth was back on the stage, where she hugged it out with Barbara and said she "wanted" to continue having debates with her.
Oh, and for what it's worth, here's Elisabeth's response:
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