Bill Maher’s Joke About Hasselbeck Incurs Her Wrath

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Bill Maher (Photo: Jemal Countess/Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Bill Maher (Photo: Jemal Countess/Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)

The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck apparently didn’t think it was funny when Bill Maher made a joke at her expense on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.

So Hasselbeck lashed out at Maher on Monday morning’s show, and the resulting dust-up had us thinking: Gee, it’s been a while since we’ve had one of these Hasselbeck stories!

Here’s what happened, according to two separate accounts here and here.

On last Friday’s “Real Time,” Maher commented on the detention and subsequent swift release in Egypt of comely CBS News correspondent Lara Logan. He made this joke: “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!” (If “Real Time” had a band, this is where the rim shot would go.)

To us, it sounds like any other ordinary joke uttered every night by some late-night comedian at the expense of some celebrity –- the kind of joke, generally speaking, that most celebrities wouldn’t take personally. But Elisabeth took it that way on “The View.” Addressing Maher personally on the show, she said, “You can hide anything in the cloak of a joke!”

“It is unfair,” she scolded. “It is chauvinistic what you said, and you’ll probably run this again, and I find it disturbing -– but also amusing -– that I happen to be on your mind. … It is wrong to do to any person, any woman, who just happens to disagree with you,” she went on (and on). “You obviously missed the call of civility from our President Barack Obama, and you were on the other line with ignorance and hate!”

Ouch! To their credit, Hasselbeck’s co-hosts on “The View” didn’t agree with her take on Maher’s quip. “He used to have a show called “Politically Incorrect,” noted Joy Behar sagely. “That’s his stock-in-trade. Did he hurt your feelings?”

“He doesn’t have the ability to hurt my feelings,” Hasselbeck replied, though her feelings were clearly hurt, “because he’s not a real man!”

Questioning Bill Maher’s manhood? Those sound like fighting words to us! And it has us planning to watch “Real Time” this Friday night (at 10 p.m./9c on HBO) to see if Maher is man enough to retaliate.

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