Bill Maher Hasselbeck

November 17, 2011 by staff 

Bill Maher Hasselbeck, Does Elisabeth Hasselbeck need to learn to take a joke?  That’s the big question being debated by TV fans after a painfully awkward exchange between Hasselbeck and comedian Bill Maher on Tuesday’s edition of “The View.”

The 55-year-old satirist was there to plug his book, “The New New Rules.” Hasselbeck, however, steered the conversation in another direction.

The blonde conservative was clearly fuming about a joke Maher made earlier this year about CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent, Lara Logan, who had been arrested while covering the Egyptian Revolution.

The world later learned that Logan had been beaten and brutally sexually assaulted on Feb. 11 while covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square following Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. When Logan was released, Maher joked about the incident on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

He 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.”

The comment certainly came as no surprise to Maher’s fans. The left-wing comic is known for his no-holds barred satire.

Hasselbeck, however, criticized Maher’s actions.

“The View” co-host read the joke back to Maher.

“You can’t sit here right now and tell me I’m wrong for saying, ‘That wasn’t funny,’” Hasselbeck asked.

“We do a comedy show for an audience that’s perhaps different than your audience,” Maher replied. “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.”

Hasselback also asked Maher if he ever draws the line.

Maher replied, “I do draw the line, but I also live on the line.”

This wasn’t the first time that Hasselback made headlines for her point of view.

On Aug. 2, 2006, for example, Hasselbeck got into a heated debate over the Food and Drug Administration’s plan to sell the “morning after pill” as an over-the-counter drug. Hasselbeck opposed the idea and stated, “I believe that life begins at the moment of conception.”

On May 23, 2007, Hasselbeck challenged former “View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell on her views on the war in Iraq. O’Donnell asked, “655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?” Hasselbeck responded, “Defend your own insinuations.”

Hasselbeck even fired shots at “View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.

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