We Now Know Why Elisabeth Hasselbeck Vanished After The View

We Now Know Why Elisabeth Hasselbeck Vanished After The View


Elisabeth Hasselbeck may be one of the most
memorable reality TV alums and controversial talk show hosts TV has ever seen, but as of
2015, she’s been keeping a rather low profile. Here are some of the moments that defined
Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s career, and what she’s been up to since she stepped away from the
television spotlight. Snagging the opportunity to transition from
reality TV as a contestant on Survivor to one of daytime’s biggest talk shows is nothing
to scoff at, but Hasselbeck’s accomplishment was shrouded in controversy. The Survivor alum was invited to join the
ladies of The View in 2003 and ended up having a decade-long run on the show, but the experience
was filled with negativity. During her time on The View, Hasselbeck regularly
butted heads with co-host Rosie O’Donnell and more than once, those differences of opinion
triggered yelling matches. “Here’s how it gets spun in the media. Rosie, big, fat, lesbian, loud Rosie attacks
innocent, pure, Christian Elisabeth.” The most explosive moment happened on May
23rd, 2007, when O’Donnell and Hasselbeck went head-to-head over the Iraq War. O’Donnell, after being attacked in the media,
insisted that Hasselbeck hadn’t publicly defended her. “You said nothing, and that’s cowardly.” “No, no, no. No, no, no.” “Nothing, Elisabeth.” “Do not. Do not call me a coward.” O’Donnell quit The View soon after that fight,
and Hasselbeck couldn’t seem to shake the controversy. She eventually left the show as well in 2013,
when producers declined to renew her contract. Their infamous feud has pretty much defined
Hasselbeck’s career. When The View celebrated its 20th birthday
with a special titled The View: 20 Years in the Making, it was the infamous Hasselbeck-O’Donnell
showdown that took centerstage. “If you’re watching The View and it goes split
screen, don’t leave the room because fireworks, anger, blood, it’s like Game of Thrones basically.” Hasselbeck clearly isn’t interested in letting
bygones be bygones. When it was announced in 2014 that Rosie O’Donnell
would be returning to The View round table, Hasselbeck couldn’t hold her tongue on the
matter, even though she had already left the show and found another gig co-hosting Fox
& Friends. Hasselbeck was actually on vacation when the
announcement was made, but according to Talking Points Memo, she called into Fox & Friends
just to declare, “What could ruin a vacation more than to hear
news like this? Here comes to The View the very woman who
spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network and really in
the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she
was there.” Hasselbeck didn’t stop there. She also took to Instagram to defend her O’Donnell
opinion, writing, “When asked about Barbara Walters retiring,
I provided my analysis. When asked about Sherri [Shepherd] and Jenny
[McCarthy] announcing their departure, I provided my analysis. When asked about Rosie coming back, I provided
my analysis.” In covering trending news, Hasselbeck often
became the news, thanks to her consistently controversial statements. While reporting on Sandra Bland, for example,
a 28-year-old Texas woman who was pulled over by police and taken into custody after refusing
to put out her cigarette, only to be found dead in her jail cell three days later, Hasselbeck
weighed in with this: “But, what if, I mean, there are times, I’m
sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer,
maybe chucked it at him, pushed it at him.” Many thought she was suggesting that Bland
was to blame for the outcome of her interaction with police, but Hasselbeck defended herself
on Twitter, writing, “I NEVER suggested Sandra Bland could have
used a cigarette as a weapon. I asked whether it was wise to ask her to
put it out. #StopTheLies.” Acrimonious scenarios like this were common
throughout Hasselbeck’s TV news career. From calling the Black Lives Matter movement
a “hate group,” to her tone while interviewing former President Barack Obama, she had a knack
for making waves and putting herself in the spotlight. Whether you loved her or loathed her, perhaps
audiences and/or Hasselbeck herself grew tired of the constant finger-pointing. Hasselbeck briefly and mysteriously disappeared
from her hosting gig at Fox & Friends in 2014 and later revealed it was due to a major health
scare. “I had a tumor in my abdomen. Doctor said, ‘Look, you’ve got to get it out
by the end of the month. We don’t like how it looks.’ I was facing something that potentially could
have gone either way.” Preparing for the worst, Hasselbeck said she
found strength in those around her, explaining, “Many women and people that I know have stared
down the barrel of that cancer gun and done remarkable things, courageously, to fight
it, and so I knew if I got that side of news that I would be in their wings and, by their
example, able to fight it.” After a suspense-filled week, the TV personality
discovered that she no longer needed to worry. “I got a clear and clean bill of health, and
I’m just thankful, I’m really thankful.” the show less than two years later on December
22nd, 2015. Unlike her drama-filled departure from The
View, which according to her 2019 book, Point of View, left her with a, quote, “wound of
disappointment and betrayal,” this goodbye was a bittersweet one. The farewell began with a touching video montage,
which brought Hasselbeck to tears as she thanked everyone, and singled out then-embattled Fox
News CEO Roger Ailes, who she once called “the best man I have worked for,” for giving
her, quote, “The opportunity to join you all in this family
[and for] an outstanding amount of understanding and guidance when I made this decision to
go home.” “I truly have been in the best hands and I’m
so thankful, I have a heart full of gratitude for this, this is an outstanding team who
works so hard.” The TV alum went on to reveal that the sign-off
would mark the end of her small screen career because she had made the tough decision to
focus her energy elsewhere. Hasselbeck’s resignation from Fox & Friends
came as a surprise to fans, but as she explained her reasoning, no one could fault her. Having decided to move to Nashville with her
husband, ESPN commentator Tim Hasselbeck, and their three kids, Hasselbeck revealed
that she was hitting the breaks on her TV career to take on a, quote, “new position
as CBO, Chief Breakfast Officer.” She admitted during her on-air goodbye that
she’d gotten to an age where she wanted to start each day with her kids instead of at
work, adding that her children need, quote, “The best of me, not the rest of me.” Hasselbeck called the decision “really, really
hard,” but went on to say that she was confident it was the right one. Looking back at her choice to leave TV behind,
Hasselbeck told Fox & Friends in a 2019 interview that she has no regrets. “Nashville’s been really good to us. I have to say we get a lot of the ‘why’s’
we moved, now, we do the ‘what’s’ first. We just heard God calling us there.” Having vowed to leave her talk show career
and New York City behind in order to focus on raising her kids in Nashville full-time,
Hasselbeck turned to smaller, one-off roles, like hosting the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards organized
by Christian radio station K-LOVE. According to Breathe Cast, Hasselbeck said
on the red carpet, “I’m such a super fan of K-LOVE. It doesn’t get much better than this to get
to celebrate the artists, the athletes, the writers, the film producers, and those [who]
are just so loud and proud for God.” In addition to being an avid listener, Hasselbeck
added that she took on the gig because: “When the spirit moves you, it’s not like
you can say no. However God wants to use me for His glory,
I have surrendered that to Him and His plan. I am thankful to be here with my family and
let the kids see a big party for God, and meet all my favorite artists.” She may be spending more time at home with
her family, but that hasn’t kept Hasselbeck from finding innovative ways to keep working. In addition to taking on smaller gigs here
and there, she also launched her own gluten-free nutrition brand. Called NoGii, it features healthy, gluten-free
snacks and supplements and has become a regular staple on her Instagram feed. According to the brand’s site, “NoGii has been a total passion project for
Elisabeth, from being involved with the original logo and packaging design to product formulations.” The site also notes that she used “her family
and friends as a focus group” to test out her bars and protein powders, which she was
inspired to create after being diagnosed with celiac disease. According to her mission statement, the brand’s
goal is to change the perception of a gluten-free diet because: “Gluten-free living should not be a burden
for anyone, but a lifestyle one can enjoy.” If you think Hasselbeck will one day grow
tired of her life out of the spotlight and return to television full-time, you’re wrong. As she revealed to The Tennessean in 2019,
she doesn’t miss her time in front of the camera nor that period in her life because
it had begun to take a real toll on all aspects of her well-being. Discussing the time leading up to her resignation
from Fox & Friends, she told the outlet, “I was at my worst physical, personal and
spiritual place. I had lost my natural state of enjoying and
playing with the kids. I felt like a mom zombie floating through
the rest of the day.” When she visited Nashville to host the K-LOVE
Christian music awards, she not only fell in love with the city, but according to The
Tennessean, the trip actually served a much higher purpose: It gave her, quote, “her life
back.” Hasselbeck went on to say, “[God] was so generous to give me Nashville
as a destination. He turned my doubt into direction.” She admitted that was in fact the moment she
knew it was time to leave New York City and the hectic world of news behind. She went on to gush that even now, “[Nashville] feels like a soulmate city to
me here.” So, don’t expect to see her back on the small
screen any time soon. Six years after being fired from The View,
the drama she was involved in on the show still trailed her. In April 2019, audio of Hasselbeck yelling
and quitting during a 2006 commercial break went viral, showcasing just how bad things
got for her and why she hasn’t been keen to return to the spotlight. It all started with a heated on-air debate
about the morning after pill. “Elizabeth, Calm down dear.” “I can’t, this makes me so upset, Barbara.” “But everybody has strong opinions.” After that, Hasselbeck reportedly tore up
her notecards and stormed off. “I’m not going back out there, I’m not going
back out there.” “Come into my office here.” “No I’m not going back out there. You know what, I can take it in the meeting,
I’m not taking it out there on air.” Co-host Joy Behar continued to try and calm
her down, but Hasselbeck was fuming. “She just reprimanded me and she knew exactly
what she was doing.” “I know.” “Goodbye. I’m off. Write about that in the New York f—ing Post!” After the audio surfaced, Hasselbeck took
to Instagram to justify her outburst, writing, in part, “Yes – There were times when I was quite humanly
reactive. I used a bad word when frustrated….I used
fighting words because I believe that God decides the value of the lives of babies…And
in the heat of the moment, when I felt the need to protect what I knew to be truth and
had seen with my own eyes on ultrasound the LIFE in my own shell of a body- I used big
battle words (one in particular that I am not proud of and am sorry for using in the
heat of trying to defend the lives of the unborn).” It’s no wonder then that when she was offered
her old job back on The View in 2018, she flat out refused, as she explained in her
2019 autobiography. Hasselbeck previously found success writing
about her gluten-free lifestyle with 2011’s The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide
and 2014’s Deliciously G-Free: Food So Flavorful They’ll Never Believe It’s Gluten-Free: A
Cookbook, but in 2019, she decided to try penning an autobiography. The 224-page book, released in March 2019,
is called Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom and covers her career,
faith and personal experiences. As she shared with fans on Instagram, in part, “This one is *not* about gluten or my gut. It is about God and my heart. Decided on a cover with the help of the kids
and sweet creative friends!!!…It feels a little scary to share so much (lessons learned
the hard way/big mistakes/graceless moments). So: I pray for His courage to work through
me. Praying thanks to all those on the journey
who taught me such lessons on mercy and pursuit and grit and grace!!!” Unfortunately, despite the juicy gossip it
promised to deliver, and her faith in its success, as of September 2019, Point of View
was ranked Number 35,881 in Books on Amazon, which is a constantly-shifting metric, but
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