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Elisabeth Hasselbeck on GMA; How low can the ratings go?

Good Morning America just became Goodbye America for me. The ABC morning news program that has been my faithful companion along with my cup of coffee every morning for more years than I care to count has added a “TV personality” to its morning show that is a definite deal-breaker for my continued viewing of the show; Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  Yes, it is the same whiney, polarizing, ultra-conservative, cry-baby and argumentative woman from ABC’s The View. 

Who makes these “executive” decisions?  Oh right, the ABC executives of course. Who have evidently decided in their infinite wisdom that a woman who was on a reality program (Survivor Australian Outback) and then moved on to a style program (The Look For Less) and then landed on an entertainment/talk/argue venue was perfect for a news program. Credibility? Who cares? 

I am trying not to cloud my judgement by the fact that Diane Sawyer is my idol and that her move to World News left a huge gap in the GMA show. I like her replacement in George Stephanopoulos, he brings a serious sense of credibility to the team of Robin Roberts, JuJu Chang and Sam Champion but where does someone like Hasselbeck fit into this scenario?  She is supposedly going to do “hot button” topics on lifestyle and child-rearing issues. 

So, as viewers we are supposed to  find someone who made horribly insensitive comments on National TV about sports reporter  Erin Andrews costume on Dancing With The Stars, as a credible, reliable  resource for child rearing issues?  Or consider Hasselbeck’s objectivity on lifestyle issues when her high-profile conservative opinions fill the ABC airwaves over at the view?  Her drama on the view is relentless and her high-pitched screeching voice annoying.  Did anyone at GMA do a poll on how many viewers think she is goofy as a bug and can’t stand watching her?  In a word; many.

So, while ABC still lags behind NBC’s Today Show by at least a million viewers a day,  Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer are tops in their time slot and sure don’t have to worry about losing ratings to ABC unless they choose to bring in Snookie as a lifestyle reporter. Without Diane Sawyer around the bigger stars are not as easy to get on GMA and with the addition of Hasselbeck the ratings have nowhere to go but down.  I like the rest of the GMA crew but you can’t tell me they weren’t shocked by the decision to hire Hasselbeck. I’m only one person but after many years I am signing off as a viewer, it’s been nice but the joke isn’t going to be on me. I like current news with my coffee and Hasselbeck is decidedly old news,  not fit for me to view.

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The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s comments about Erin Andrews “stupid”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck from the ABC talk show The View should probably do a little less talking and a lot more thinking-before she talks, that is.  This week she was talking about Dancing With The Stars contestant Erin Andrews and her choice of dancewear.  Hasselbeck felt the outfits were too provocative and stated  “Man, if I’m him, I’m like, I could have waited 12 weeks and seen this, without the prison time.”  It was apparently Hasselbecks attempt at humor complete with  bad english and attempt at some kind of hip slang.

This is so not-funny on many levels but the  main reason this is no joke is because Erin Andrews (an ESPN reporter) has been in the news recently because of a much publicized peeping tom incident that included a guy stalking her in at least three cities as she traveled for her work. He took a picture of her through a hotel door peep-hole  and put naked pictures of her on the internet. He has recently been prosecuted.  For Hasselbeck to speak so lightly about something so serious remains one of those , I have a TV platform and can  say whatever I want mysteries.

What really has many television viewers  up-in-arms is the fact that as a Woman and a mother, why would Hasselbeck  think stalking is fodder for humor.  And as a 2001 contestant of the show Survivor,  she spent 39 days (that’s how long she lasted) parading around the Australian Outback in a bikini or that stupid bandana around her chest as if it was really a top.  It was a jungle for God’s sake, shouldn’t she have been wearing long sleeves, long pants etc. to thwart the bugs?  Or, was she perhaps dressing provocatively for the TV cameras?

On Dancing With The Stars, the clothing is called “costumes” and costumes are performance related, either visually and/or for movement and other technical things that I don’t have a clue about and neither does Hasselbeck.  The next day Hasselbeck apparently saw the error of her ways and words and apologized  to Andrews on air in a flood of tears.  Andrews wasn’t there of course, she was probably busy throwing darts at an old Hasselbeck Survivor poster.  But, Andrew’s dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy probably said it best when asked what he thought of Hasselbeck’s comments about his dancing partners clothing. “I design the outfits she wears for the show, so I assume she is jealous-and stupid.”

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