7:38am PT by Rebecca Ford
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill Maher Battle Over Egyptian Protest Remarks (Video)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the co-hosts of The View, didn’t bite her tongue when Bill Maher dropped by the show on Tuesday.
The former Survivor contestant told Maher that she was offended by the comments that Maher made on Feb. 4 during his show, Real Time With Bill Maher.
Maher had been speaking about the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square and said: "New rule: now that Hosni Mubarak has released Lara Logan: he must put her intrepid hotness on a plane immediately. In exchange, we will send Elisabeth Hasselbeck."
“I sit with incredible comedians and the best in the business in terms of broadcasting,” Hasselbeck told Maher on Tuesday. “You can't sit here and tell me right now I'm wrong for saying, '’That wasn't that funny.'"
Maher, who visited the show to promote his new book, The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass, responded, "We do a comedy show for an audience that's perhaps different than your audience. You are a public figure. It was not aimed at you personally, but when you are a public figure, you are out there and you're fodder for comedians to make comments on." (Watch video of the exchange at the end of the post.)
That night, Maher made an appearance on the Late Show With David Lettterman, and talked about the heated exchange. "I was abused," he joked. "I felt like a teenage boy at Penn State."
While his remark may have come off as harsh, Maher ended the interview by saying he actually liked Hasselbeck. "We have this relationship on TV that we play like we hate each other,” he added.
Watch Bill Maher on The View below:
And Bill Maher on Late Show With David Lettterman: