In August 2006, Elisabeth Hasselbeck stormed off set during a commercial break after Walters cut her off during a fight about the morning after pill.
With their mics still on, Elisabeth was all fired up as she spoke with Joy Behar backstage about what just happened.
On the recording, Hasselbeck is heard saying, “I’m not going to sit there and get reprimanded on the air. It’s not okay to sit there and get reprimanded on the air. What the f–k! I don’t even swear. She has me swearing. This woman is driving me nuts. I’m not going back. I can’t do the show like this. She just reprimanded me, and she knew exactly what she was doing. Goodbye! I’m off. Read about that in the New York f–king Post!”
She’s then heard talking to the show’s executive producer Bill Geddie, telling him, “I’m quitting. I don’t need to be reprimanded on the air like that by this woman.”
He put out the fire and talked her into going back on air, with seconds to spare before coming back from a commercial break. When the show returned, Hasselbeck and Walters referenced their heated discussion in the previous segment, with Barbara telling her cohost she respected her opinions and loved her passion.