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The fight bell rings one more time on 'The View'

November 4, 2008 | 11:06 am

Hassel_200 The hosts of "The View" saved the best fight for last, launching into a vicious Election Day verbal brawl  that perhaps was one of the most contentious since the show's political "Hot Topics" discussions has made it must see viewing.

With frequent referee Barbara Walters absent, the four hosts -- Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepard and Elizabeth Hasselbeck (pictured) -- pointed fingers, ripped into each other and engaged in a "greatest-hits" shouting match reviving some of the most cutting remarks from the last few weeks regarding the presidential race.

The battle was sparked when Goldberg brought up that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin had been cleared of ethics violations charges in Alaska. When Shepard suggested that members of the panel that cleared Palin had been hired by her, Hasselbeck once again attacked presidential candidate Barack Obama for what she called "broken promises" for accepting public money.

An exasperated Behar, who had clashed most openly with Hasselbeck, said, "Isn't it over yet?" prompting Hasselbeck to reply that she was going to "fight to the end." At one point, Goldberg became visibly angry when Hasselbeck brought up the divisive remarks of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, saying that she too "was guilty of cussing this country out." She indicated that Hasselbeck "needed education" on the civil rights movement. Shepard once again accused Republican presidential candidate John McCain for leaving his first wife for his current wife.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: AP