As election season heats up, it’s not a case of John McCain battling Barack Obama, it’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck against the ladies of The View!


Elisabeth has always been the lone Republican voice arguing against her more liberal-minded co-hosts, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg, but in recent weeks things have turned increasingly ugly.

“The set was tense,” audience member Steve Bond tells OK! of the Oct. 16 taping he attended. “Elisabeth looked pretty stressed out.”


“Barbara was saying, ‘Okay, girls, calm down,’ ” adds audience member Arlene Kryger.


Alison Davis, a New Jersey social worker who attended the same taping, concurs. “I always feel bad for Elisabeth. She’s sweet and so pretty and she can’t get a word in edgewise. It’s four to one.”


While mom-of-two Elisabeth insists she “loves her ladies,” she still remains the odd woman out.


“The only time the panel members were together was when the cameras were rolling,” audience member Marsha Kunselman, who was also at the show, tells OK!. “Elisabeth was always alone during breaks.”

But the drama is set to continue until Election Day. After Whoopi asked on the Oct. 17 show if Elisabeth was defecting to Fox News, she confirmed, “I’m not going anywhere! I love Fox, but I’m staying here. I’m not leaving The View."

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