As Ramin Setoodeh claimed in his new book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story Of The View, Hasselbeck threw a tantrum on August 2, 2006 during a commercial break after she claimed Walters embarrassed her on-air during a heated debate about birth control.
Variety first reported shocking audio and video of Hasselbeck’s blowup, in which she is seen ripping up her cards before launching into an expletive tirade about Walters.
“F**k that! I’m not going to sit there and get reprimanded on the air,” the former View host told Joy Behar.
“No, I’m not going back out there. You know what? I can take it in the meeting. I’m not taking it there on-air. I’m not taking that. What the f**k! I don’t even swear. She has me swearing. This woman is driving me nuts,” Hasselbeck continued.
Meanwhile, Walters claimed Hasselbeck’s reaction was “ridiculous.”
Hasselbeck wouldn’t back down, claiming she was “quitting.” Then the show’s co-creator Bill Geddie calmed Hasselbeck down. She agreed to be a professional and return to the set.
Radar can report that Setoodeh also revealed that Hasselbeck made threats to quit often.
“She had a penchant for tears in the makeup room if something didn’t go her way,” the author wrote.
As Radar readers know, Hasselbeck was at the center of controversy last month after Setoodeh revealed that O’Donnell had a crush on Hasselbeck while the two worked on the ABC talk show together. O’Donnell also claimed Hasselbeck is “a little bit gay.”
Hasselbeck fired back, calling O’Donnell’s comments “offensive” and “disturbing.”