The View Denies Hasselbeck + Behar Are At War
A representative for hit U.S. daytime show THE VIEW has been forced to deny rumours of an off-set feud between co-hosts ELISABETH HASSELBECK and JOY BEHAR.
The relationship between the pair - famed for their heated on-air debates over their political views - has reportedly become so strained that they have been involved in screaming matches backstage.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the animosity between the pair "has gotten so ugly, they only speak on air or when a camera is anywhere in their vicinity".
The rumours stem from the pair's angry conversations about the forthcoming U.S. presidential elections. Hasselbeck is a staunch Republican and John MCCain supporter, while Behar is backing Democratic candidate Barack Obama.
But a spokesperson for the popular ABC programme refutes the claims, insisting rumours of a feud between the two hosts have been around since they started the show.
The representative tells Usmagazine.com, "These fabricated rumors about alleged dissention between Elisabeth and Joy are as untrue today as they were yesterday, a week ago and when the rumour(s) first started."
The denial comes just days after fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg revealed Hasselbeck receives death threats from angry anti-Republican viewers.