After 13 years on the air, the list of people "The View" has offended seems longer than the ranks of those who haven't been unfavorably provoked by the talk show's hot-button conversations. Now, "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Erin Andrews is the latest to receive an apology and lightning-rod host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the one making a mea culpa.
On Tuesday, the football player's wife commented on the convicted stalker who peeped at the sideline reporter through a hotel-room keyhole, filmed it and placed the clip on the Internet. In effect, the conservative Hasselbeck was making the point that Andrews' revealing outfits on "Dancing With the Stars" could have saved the stalker the jail term because he would have seen nearly as much.
The point was deemed ill-advised by many, including Hasselbeck herself a few hours after the show's taping. The former "Survivor" contestant said on Wednesday's (May 5) show that she left work feeling badly about the comments, and her 5-year-old daughter explained to her why she should apologize.
"She's so cute; she said to me, 'Mommy, why don't you just call Erin and tell her you're sorry?,' " Hasselbeck reported on "The View" Wednesday. "So, thankfully, I listened to her — she's a wise little girl — and I did. So, I'm really sorry, and I wanted to offer that publicly too, even though I did follow that advice."
For Andrews — who has waged a very public, very emotional battle against the stalker and additional threats — the comments of Hasselbeck were an insult. "[It's] a slap in the face to victims of stalking and sexual predators," Andrews said after Tuesday's "Dancing With the Stars" results show. "[As a] woman, I'm disappointed she went there."
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