Elisabeth Hasselbeck vs. Bill Maher on 'The View': Who won this round?

hasselbeck-maher-view.jpgYou know there are going to be fireworks when super-liberal Bill Maher visits "The View," particularly on a day when vocal Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck has a bone to pick. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, she was still stewing over Maher's comments from last February, when he joked on his HBO show that Lara Logan (who was brutally attacked in Egyptian riots) should be replaced by Hasselbeck.

At the time, Hasselbeck played the clip on "The View" and said, "I try to only debate real men over the airways but will depart to address Billy Maher" before expressing her outrage.

Hasselbeck was clearly heated as soon as Maher hit the stage, but she waited until Maher said one brief comment about the Jerry Sandusky rape case before she jumped into, you know, talking about herself. "I just wanted to go back to a time that bothered me, not for my personal reasons but for women," she says. "Forgive this idiotic Republican for bringing this to your brilliant mind, but in February of last year, Lara Logan was in Egypt and she was brutally attacked there... I sit with incredible comedians and the best in the business in terms of broadcasting. You can't sit here and tell me right now I'm wrong for saying, 'That wasn't that funny.'"

Maher countered with, "We do a comedy show for an audience that's perhaps different than your audience. You are a public figure. It was not aimed at you personally, but when you are a public figure, you are out there and you're fodder for comedians to make comments on."

He noted that in comedy, "Somebody has to be out on the edge to know where the edge is."

To which Hasselbeck retorted, "Thanks for being the hero."

Zing.

Watch the whole exchange below. Who won this round?
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