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Elisabeth Hasselbeck

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck (born May 28, 1977) is a former reality show contestant and current American talk show personality, one of the co-hosts on the daytime talk show The View.

Hasselbeck started working for Puma in 1998, while attending Boston College. After graduation, she worked for PUMA shoes as a member of its design team before her television career.

In 2001, she was cast in Survivor: The Australian Outback, and was originally a member of the Kucha tribe. She was the last remaining member of that tribe in the game before being voted off on Day 39 and finishing fourth overall. As her luxury item, she brought a self-made immunity headdress. At the end of the game, she was the most popular Survivor of the season among the fans, rating a 9.3 out of 10 in the online approval poll. Producers wanted her to return for the Survivor: All-Stars edition, but she was unable to attend because she was starting her tenure at The View at the time.

Following her stint on Survivor, Hasselbeck began a television career. In 2001, she was a judge at the Miss Teen USA Pageant. and became host of the Style Network's The Look for Less from 2002 to 2003 where she helped find stylish clothes for bargain prices.

In 2003, Hasselbeck was one of a number of women who guest-hosted to replace outgoing The View co-host Lisa Ling, who left the show at the end of 2002. Hasselbeck made it to the last few contenders, and was finally chosen by the other panelists (in a Survivor-style "Tribal Council") as the new co-host. Hasselbeck typically represents a conservative position on The View, defending creationism, the war on terror, and opposing euthanasia and abortion.

On the April 11, 2007 episode of The View, Hasselbeck announced that she would be guest co-hosting Fox's Fox and Friends the week of April 16. On April 25, 2007 co-host Barbara Walters announced that Hasselbeck would return the following season along with Joy Behar.

On an episode of "The View" which aired on August 2, 2006, Hasselbeck got into a heated debate in which she strongly opposed the Food and Drug Administration's plan to sell the "morning after pill" as an over-the-counter drug. Hasselbeck stated, "I believe that life begins at the moment of conception..." She said the pill should be banned in cases of rape and incest, because "that life still has value." Hasselbeck argued that advocates of the drug use the "rape or incest" exception as a "bait-and-switch" distraction from the goal of making it universally accessible. She argued if the "rape or incest" exception was all advocates cared about, they would not support its over-the-counter status.

In May 2007, Hasselbeck was involved in a heated on-air argument with co-host Rosie O'Donnell concerning the war in Iraq, which she supports and O'Donnell opposes.

In September 2007, Barry Manilow cancelled a scheduled appearance on The View due to his dislike of Hasselbeck and her conservative views. In a statement, Manilow said, "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her." He added, "I had made a request that I be interviewed by co-hosts Joy (Behar), Barbara (Walters) or Whoopi (Goldberg), but not Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request, so I bowed out."



 


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