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Elisabeth Hasselbeck has long been a target in Kathy Griffin's celebrity-skewing stand-up comedy -- but on Monday's broadcast of The View, the outspoken cohost finally got in a jab of her own. Hasselbeck took issue with the episode of Bravo's My Life on the D-List on which Griffin jokingly referred to U.S. Senator Scott Brown's daughters as "prostitutes." Watch the controversial clip below:
"I know his daughters, and they're not prostitutes," the Republican host responded angrily. "We've always said politicians' kids are off-limits. If someone went around calling Barack Obama's two girls prostitutes, people would be up in arms."
Cohost Joy Behar pointed out that Griffin was making a reference to Brown's victory speech, during which he said his daughters were "both available" if anyone was interested:
Hasselbeck responded with shock, asking, "Are you defending what Kathy Griffin said about these two young girls?" (Both women are actually in their 20s.) She added that Brown -- who issued a statement Friday saying Griffin ought to be ashamed of herself -- was entitled to "defend (his) daughters against scum who come after them." You can watch the whole exchange on The View's website (it starts at the 10-minute mark).
Interestingly, Hasselbeck almost let loose on Griffin a month ago, when the comic was a guest on The View. Hasselbeck claimed Griffin had said things about the View hosts that were "not true and not funny." But Griffin shut her down by responding, "Actually, this moment is what I live for. So bring it. This is how I write my act. Anything else you'd like to say, Elisabeth?" Hasselbeck didn't take the bait -- until now, when the cause of defending the Brown family's honor seemed to let her unleash some of her pent-up anger.
As for Kathy Griffin, she's (predictably) basking in the glow of controversy: "haha,Scott Brown is the Spencer Pratt of the US Senate," she tweeted on Monday. "THIS is a great time 2 come c me live. OF COURSE I'm lovin all the publicity LOVIN IT." We hope Hasselbeck knows what she's gotten herself into -- we have a suspicion that Kathy Griffin is writing up a new routine right now!
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