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Wednesday May 5, 2010 3:32 pm

VIDEO: Teary Hasselbeck Apologizes to DWTS’ Erin Andrews


UPDATE: Erin Andrews says she’s never received that so-called apology from Hasselbeck.

Seeing Elisabeth Hasselbeck cry is something we’re all used to by now. (Remember that heated debate with Whoopi Goldberg on the use of the “N-word”?) But it’s not often that we see The View co-host cry over something she did.

While discussing the latest Dancing with the Stars events yesterday, the outspoken conservative felt the need to speak out about contestant Erin Andrews’ ballroom wardrobe. Elisabeth - who was for some reason shocked by the amount of skin the contestant had been showing lately (does she not watch the show on a regular basis?) - thought it would be appropriate to bring up the ESPN reporter’s stalking scandal.

“I mean, in some way if I’m [Michael David Barrett], I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this — a little bit less — without the prison time!’” Hasselbeck joked.

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Those comments were immediately followed by backlash from Erin’s supporters (and Elisabeth’s network colleagues). “@ehasselbeck why did u have to throw @erinandrewsespn under the bus this morning?shame on u,” Louis Van Amstel wrote on Twitter. “I’m the one designing @ErinAndrewsESPN’s dresses for the show, so I’ll just assume that @ehasselbeck is jealous…and stupid 4 her comments,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Andrews’ partner, tweeted.

When asked directly about Hasselbeck’s comments, a “shocked” Erin told Access Hollywood: “I think people can have opinions about the costumes and the show ... but my biggest complaint is she’s a woman and a mother and there was giggling [and] it was a mockery of something I’ve lived through this past year. ... I felt like it was a slap in the face for victims of stalkers and victims of sexual predators.”

Feeling regretful for the controversy she ignited Tuesday, Elisabeth followed up today with an apology to Andrews:


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