It didn't take long for Elisabeth Hasselbeck to eat the words she uttered on Tuesday's episode of The View. Elisabeth criticized ESPN broadcaster Erin Andrews' choice of attire on Dancing with the Stars, suggesting that if her stalker had waited a few months, he wouldn't have had to take grainy video of Erin through a peephole to see her without clothes.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck on 'The View' (From ABC) "I think in light of what happened … and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room … in some way, if I'm him, I'm like, 'man, I could have just waited 12 weeks (nervous laughter from crowd)' … I could have seen this, a little bit less, without the prison time," Hasselbeck said Tuesday.
Guest Gabourey Sidibe jumped to Erin's defense on the show, noting that she was being paid to dance half naked on DWTS, but "she was not getting paid in that hotel room." The comments made their way to Erin almost immediately. She told Access Hollywood the remarks hit her so hard, they had her in tears.
"I think people can have opinions about the show, but my biggest complaint is she's a woman and a mother and it was a mockery of something I've lived through this last year. ... I felt like it was a slap in the face for victims of stalkers and victims of sexual predators."
Erin's fellow DWTS contestants were quick to defend Erin. Chad Ochocinco suggested that maybe Elisabeth "doesn't have the body" to wear Erin's outfits, while his partner, Cheryl Burke, took a more sober tone.
"I think Elisabeth went way too far," said Cheryl. "I think that was out of line completely, because this is what we do on our show. If you don't like what we do on our show costume-wise, you don't need to watch the show."
On Wednesday, Elisabeth got emotional on The View as she offered a public apology to Erin. Elisabeth explained that she felt guilty about the comments and had to explain to her five-year-old daughter, Grace, why she was so upset. Elisabeth said Grace told her she should call Erin and apologize, so she did.
Elisabeth said her comments were focused on the "despicable" man who took the peephole videos, but she ended up hurting Erin as she spoke. On the verge of tears Wednesday, Elisabeth said, "I'm really sorry and I wanted to offer that publicly too." I'm really sorry and I wanted to offer that publicly too,