A Quick Chat With Elisabeth Hasselbeck
The outspoken mom of three tells BettyConfidential about her BFF on The View, how she gets the confidence to stay true to herself, and the many women who inspire her fashion designs.
As the most conservative talking head on The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has been called a lot of things (including a few expletives). But no matter what your political affiliation, one thing you can’t call the show’s youngest co-host is a pushover. The Rhode Island-born star has stood her ground on everything from her pro-life stance and her support of Sarah Palin to more recently (and surprisingly) defending Carrie Prejean’s actions on Larry King Live and Adam Lambert’s “sexually aggressive” performance on the AMAs, pointing out that it aired at 11 p.m., which should be way past kids’ bedtimes.
The 32-year-old’s strength and determination shouldn’t be too surprising, though. Let’s not forget Elisabeth got her start on 2001’s Survivor: The Australian Outback, where the superwoman survived 31 days in the blazing heat, ate cringe-worthy bugs and endured rigorous physical challenges — and still looked beautiful. While most reality stars fade into obscurity (Omarosa, who?), Elisabeth painstakingly parlayed her 15 minutes of fame into a respected career, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host (along with her fellow co-hosts), writing the well-received G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, and creating a successful fashion line for QVC.
In between her hosting duties on The View and mommy duties for adorable Grace, 4; Taylor, 2; and Isaiah, 4 months, busy Elisabeth squeezed in a little time for BettyConfidential. Every second counts when you’re a multitasking mom!
Do you think you’ve changed at all from your early days on The View to now? You seem even more confident in yourself and your opinions.
As in any job or life situation, you grow over time.
Is it hard talking about politics on the show because it’s usually three (or sometimes four!) against you?
I have three kids… being out numbered is a way of life!
How do you muster the confidence to speak up when you know you may come under fire for being seen as “conservative”?
I know there is respect and honor at The View table, and at the end of the day we still respect each other even if we disagree with each other’s opinions.