JOY BEHAR TAKES AIM AT ELISABETH HASSELBECK

Published on: September 15, 2006
JOY BEHAR TAKES AIM AT ELISABETH HASSELBECK

By MICHAEL GLYNN

Now that Star Jones has lost her place on "The View" couch, Joy Behar is looking to get rid of another of her co-hosts — perky blonde Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

"Joy thinks Elisabeth's a phony," a source close to the show told The ENQUIRER. "She says it makes her sick to watch Elisabeth get on her soapbox. Joy makes fun of her behind her back, sticking her finger down her throat like she's retching!"

On-the-set fireworks were recently ignited between Joy, 62, and Elisabeth, 31, when Joy took issue with the younger co-host's conservative views regarding the over-the-counter availability of the "morning after" birth control pill.

When Elisabeth, an outspoken Republican, compared taking the pill to "birthing a baby and leaving it out in the street," Joy had heard enough.

"So you would say that a 12-year-old girl ... who's been raped by her father or her uncle should proceed to term because that's 'a life'?" Joy snapped.

"Elisabeth almost became unglued at that point," said one observer. "She started to yell at Joy until Barbara Walters said: 'Elisabeth, calm down, dear.'

"Elisabeth responded: 'I can't! This makes me so upset, Barbara.'"

When a pal recently asked Joy what she thought of the former "Survivor" contestant — who's married to Giants backup quarterback Tim Hasselbeck — the pal says she quipped: "Barbara likes her, but if it was up to me, I'd vote her off 'The View.'"