On today’s live taping of The View, conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck complained that she didn’t receive her usual invitation to the White House Christmas party.
“Maybe I didn’t do enough for the Republican party this year,” Hasselbeck said on the show.
Turns out, it was never the intention of the White House to not invite her or her husband, Tim, to the soiree.
“Following today’s live show, Elisabeth received a call from the The White House, and they both had a great conversation,” Karl T. Nilsson, the executive publicity director of The View told Usmagazine.com. “The President’s office apologized and explained that she and her husband were indeed invited to the White House for Christmas and were sorry that it did not arrive. It was simply an oversight.”
Before finding out that the snub was unintentional, Hasselbeck said she had a “bone to pick” with the White House.
“I love Christmas cards,” she said. “I love getting them. There is one in particular that I usually like, and it’s an invitation to the White House Christmas party. Not the big one but the 20th one down the road that you get the leftovers at the party. I’d be going to that one. No invitation this year.”
Hasselbeck, the only fan of President George W. Bush on The View, spent the past campaign season working for the Republican campaign. She even introduced Governor Sarah Palin at some of the rallies.
“Both Elisabeth and Tim are hoping to make plans for a visit to the White House in the early New Year,” Nilsson told Us.
“View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was in tears Thursday after a discussion about the use of the n-word, in which fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg told her the two “don’t live in the same world.”
During a segment covering Jesse Jackson’s recent use of the n-word while preparing to tape an interview on FOX News, Whoopi and co-host Sherri Shepard, who are both black, contested that the word has a different meaning for black people.
“It’s something that means something way different to me than it does to you,” said Shepard. “I can use it as a term of endearment.”
Shepard also said to co-host Barbara Walters: “I don’t want to hear it come out of your mouth.”
Hasselbeck contested that “We [blacks and whites] don’t live in different worlds, we live in the same world.”
Goldberg, who used the n-word repeatedly during the broadcast (it was bleeped out), said that “We don’t live in the same world. What I need you to understand is the frustration that goes along with when you say we live in the same world. It isn’t balanced.”
Hasslebeck tearfully replied that “when we live in a world where pop culture then uses that term, and we’re trying to get to a place where we feel like we’re in the same place, where we feel like we’re in the same world … how are we supposed to then move forward if we keep using terms that bring back that pain?”
“Peace prevails” with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell, as O’Donnell confirmed to PEOPLE Thursday night that she has made up with her former foe – and even bought her a baby gift.
On her way into the premiere of The Little Mermaid on Broadway, O’Donnell said of Hasselbeck’s 2-month-old son Taylor Thomas: “He’s very, very cute. I saw him on TV, and I sent him a lovely gift, and [she and Hasselbeck] have been e-mailing each other. And peace prevails.”
Hasselbeck returned to The View this week, bringing the baby with her.
As for Rosie’s baby gifts, they were in proportion to the scale of the conflict between Hasselbeck and O’Donnell when both sparred on The View.
“I sent something for him and something for his big sister [Grace, 2],” said O’Donnell. “Because, as the mother of four, I know that when the newborn arrives, the most important thing is a sibling gift. For [Taylor], it was a lot of clothes, because babies spit up a lot. I go to Baby Gap. There is a standard newborn gift pack – as much as you can buy at the Gap without being arrested. And a learning gift, a soft shape sorter. And then for [Grace] who is older, I got a tea set that she loves.”
O’Donnell says that Hasselbeck herself has bounced back after giving birth – and they’ve stayed in touch. “We e-mail back and forth,” she said. “She seems good. She looks like she adopted, like she didn’t give birth. She looks perfectly fit and gorgeous already.”
The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her husband, Tim, an NFL quarterback, have welcomed their second child, a baby boy, ABC announced Saturday.
The child, who weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and arrived without complications, was born Friday in Arizona.
“We’re thrilled he arrived safely,” Tim said in a statement. “Both mom and son are happy and healthy.”
Elisabeth is expected to reveal the baby’s name when she calls in to The View Monday.
The couple’s daughter Grace is 2.
Here is Elisabeth showing off the first stages of her pregnancy. She looks beautiful, and I also love those shoes.