The talk show host took a tumble (or four) on “The View” Friday (March 19) morning promoting her hosting gig on “Thin Ice”, the all-new reality show premiering on ABC that night. “Thin Ice” judge Kristi Yamaguchi‘s quick-and-dirty skating lesson might have left Hasselbeck a bit bruised up, but that didn’t put a damper on the talk show host’s excitement over scoring this ice-bound opportunity.
“There’s no way I couldn’t be a part of this,” Hasselbeck says.
Hasselbeck and four-time world champion Kurt Browning will co-host the two-day ABC show featuring 10 pro skaters paired as five couples competing for $220,000 in prize money. The scoring from the judges (including Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt and Dick Button) will count for 50 percent, while audience participation makes up the other half.
While Hasselbeck doesn’t have the skating credentials of her co-host, she does offer the enthusiasm factor. She told us she and her kids were glued to the TV during the Vancouver Olympics, especially during Joannie Rochette‘s moving performance in the wake of her mother’s passing. Rochette will do a tribute to her mom on “Thin Ice” on Friday, which Hasselbeck predicts will touch viewers.
“Undoubtedly there will be an emotional moment when she does that here. It’s an honor to actually be the backdrop for something that spectacular.”
Among the competing skaters are John Zimmerman and Michael Weiss, both three-time U.S. national champions and 2002 Olympic pairs champions David Pelletier and Jamie Sale of Canada.
Who does Hasselbeck predict will win?
“Really think it’s a skating competition where anything can happen. And everyone will be fully entertained.”
If you want to be fully entertained by Hasselbeck learning (a.k.a. falling) on the ice on Friday’s “The View,” watch the clip below.
To watch “Thin Ice,” tune in Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET (the competition) and Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m. ET (the results show).
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