Elisabeth Hasselbeck has written a new book, "Point of View". (Photo: Wiff Harmer Photography)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck would probably like you to take some time to appreciate her view in her new book published on Tuesday.
The former Survivor shoe designer and talk show host looks back on her grueling days in "The View" and her layoffs, as well as anecdotes about her former co-hosts in her latest literary effort, "Point of View: A new look at work, faith and freedom "(WaterBrook, 224). Hasselbeck, who suffers from celiac disease, had already written "The G-Free Diet" and "Deliciously G-Free".
Hasselbeck, 41, will not stop at nothing her dismissal from ABC's morning show, which she joined in 2003. She writes that "in March 2013, things" began to feel unusual ", citing a number of Animators who were running at full speed.
Hasselbeck wrote that she had been visited in her office one day by the producer of "The View" and an ABC senior executive who had informed her that her contract would not be renewed and that had explained that They "went in a less political direction". Hasselbeck was a conservative voice in the series and was lulled by the news.
"I could not breathe – literally, I could not breathe," she explained, revealing that she was "asking for permission" to retrieve her inhaler. "I was bent over – shock, asthma and betrayal robbed me of all the wind."
She said that she expressed gratitude for the time spent in the series and asked "Why?"
"Is there anything that I could have done differently?" She asked. "Can I do something different now? If you told me, I would work there – and I would do it better … I did not stop asking, trying to figure out how to get it back , try to recover everything. "
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Hasselbeck writes that she was told that she could not have done anything. Yet, in the moment, she was confronted with the news. "I came here, I had babies and shared my heart," she told the two men. "I've did my job and I just do not understand. Why did not you say that there was something I could have done better, then I could have done it? & # 39; Empty looks met these anguished words. "
According to Hasselbeck, she spent about 90 minutes "sobbing". "Feeling a dose of betrayal and a huge confusion, I felt as if the walls of the building were falling back on me."
Six years later, Hasselbeck writes that she was asked to return to the program as a co-facilitator, which she refused, explaining that God gave her "the freedom to let go" of this opportunity.
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck with her former co-host of "View" Barbara Walters in 2010. (Photo: Eileen Blass / USA TODAY & # 39; HUI)
In addition to this terrible day, Hasselbeck recounts moments of his friendships with his former cohorts "View".
Per Hasselbeck, the legendary journalist "has beaten for approval" of a six-week maternity leave whenever Hasselbeck has had one of her three children.
Walters was also in her corner when she reached for Roger Ailes, former president and CEO of Fox News, about job opportunities. The former "20/20" animator wrote Ailes, a gesture that "meant the world" to Hasselbeck, who hosted "Fox & Friends" just after participating in "The View" from 2013 to 2015.
Hasselbeck likes the comedian, who recently brought him back after battling pneumonia and sepsis. Although the author admits that she and Goldberg had started "on the wrong foot", she added that the two men were "friends forever".
"Whoopi and I think that the other is completely crazy when it comes to taking a position on a given issue," writes Hasselbeck. "And we love each other for who the other is instead of hating us for what we all defend."
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Actress Vanessa Redgrave, center, with Whoopi Goldberg, far left, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck for an episode of "The View", aired May 14, 2010. (Photo: Steve Fenn / ABC)
The controversy began in mid-February, when organizers reacted to a scene from "Celebrity Big Brother" on CBS, in which Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former White House employee, said Pence "thinks Jesus is telling him to say things ".
At the time, Behar remarked, "It's one thing to talk to Jesus, it's something else when Jesus speaks to you, that's called a mental illness."
"Using the humility spatula would have been helpful when I started talking about Jesus to my View colleagues," says Hasselbeck in "Point of View." "But I used a rigid tool of pride instead."
She says that she and her former colleague had a "Godversation", which she defines as "a conversation without condemnation when we talk about God".
In his Instagram post, Hasselbeck recounted his past conversations with Behar.
"For 10 years, she and I have been arguing, and reacting in these situations, I may have been able to offer a more tender witness to this awesome God – instead of many times, I've reacted" she wrote. "Have I always shown grace … sometimes not, and sometimes I felt the need to stay firm and bold … For now, I pray for that grace is always filled with #Godversations like this … "
Behar is sorry for her comments last March.
Rosie O Donnell:
The representatives of Hasselbeck did not immediately respond to a US TODAY request on why O Donnell was not mentioned in the new book. O Donnell co-staged "The View" with Hasselbeck from 2006-2007 and is often disputed with Hasselbeck about politics.
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