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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Returns After Tumor Scare, Surgery: ‘I Had a Scary Week’


“Fox and Friends” host Elizabeth Hasselbeck returned to the “curvy couch” Friday morning, and took time to explain her recent health scare. Hasselbeck said “I had a tumor in my abdomen” and doctors “didn’t like the way it looked.”

Following her doctors’ advice, Hasselbeck underwent surgery, which she said was successful, but “no fun.” Fortunately, the tumor was not cancer. “I had a scary week where we didn’t know what the results were, but I’m okay.”

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Katie Couric to Co-Host ‘The View’

Soon-to-be ABC News contributor Katie Couric will make her guest hosting debut on ABC’s “The View” Wednesday, August 3. Couric will co-host the program along with Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Couric’s appearance is slated for the final week of season 14 of the long-running daytime show.

Who Threw the Best TV News Holiday Bash?

Your TVNewsers are over at the mediabistro.com holiday lunch right now (posting will resume later). So, this is a good time to size up some of the other holiday parties.

Barbara Walters and “The View” EP Bill Geddie played Santa this week, putting up the dough for the show’s holiday party Tuesday night. The cast, crew, and producers took over P.D. O’Hurley’s on New York’s Upper West Side.

A “View” insider tells TVNewser, “Barbara, looking very festive in a gorgeous red top and skirt boogied on the dance floor with Bill Geddie and Sherri Shepherd.” Last night on Larry King’s final show, Walters said her voice was still hoarse from the party.

NBC News/MSNBC had their holiday party Wednesday night at the home of “Saturday Night Live.” “It was a blast!,” an NBC insider tells us. “A great party… great turn-out.”

DJ Chris Witherspoon kept Studio 8H rockin’ with NBC/MSNBCnewsers dancing until 11, long enough so MSNBC’s primetime staffers could attend. Anchors Lester Holt, Amy Robach, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Ed Shultz, as well as NBC News president and Steve Capus showed off their interactive music skills during a Rock Band face-off.

CBS News shows celebrated this week too. The “48 Hours” crew partied Tuesday night at a loft in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric was rumored to host a more low-key holiday lunch at midtown restaurant Fresco by Scotto. Not true.

Did we miss any? Updates are after the jump…

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Obama Talks News Media on ‘The View’

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President Barack Obama appeared on “The View” today and discussed a wide variety of issues including a chat about coverage of the administration in the media.

Of the criticism he receives on the television news nets, Obama said, “You know, I’ve got pundits on the news who may say things about me, but you think what the American people have gone through… I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about me, I spend a lot of time worrying about them.”

“You’ve really done a lot, I think,” Joy Behar, who now has her own talk show on HLN, said. “You’ve signed 200 plus laws since you’re in office, financial reform has taken place, you’ve got health care, two women on the supreme court…and yet the right wing, through Fox News and other outlets, seem to be hijacking the narrative. Where on your side is the narrative? Where is your attack dog to come out and tell the American people, listen, this is what we did?”

“Joy, that’s your job,” the president joked, to which Behar shot back, “I do it! But I’m only one woman!”

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Bill O’Reilly on White House Fight: ‘There’s Two Commentators on Fox That Really Don’t Like Barack Obama: Glenn Beck & Sean Hannity’

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FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, in Halloween get-up, on ABC’s “The View” this morning.

This is one for the ages. Bill O’Reilly, dressed as a vampire, joined the ladies of “The View” this morning to talk about the feud with the White House, the cable news landscape, and his book, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity.

On the White House battle, O’Reilly said, “I don’t have a point of view, I’m basically an independent guy,” adding, “I sent Barack Obama, President Obama a fruit basket for all that comments because our ratings are up 20% since he made it. We want him to not like us. Although I like him. I mean, I like the guy. But we want him to keep saying bad things about us.”

Wearing a Countess Chocula cereal box on her head, Elizabeth Hasselbeck asked, “Don’t you find it a little scary that there would be this sort of boycott?”

“There’s no boycott,” said O’reilly. “There’s two commentators on FOX that really don’t like Barack Obama: Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. But the rest of us, Greta, Shepard Smith, Bret Baier myself, we’re willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. But it’s so dumb to do this.”

On CNN’s ratings, O’Reilly says, “The reason CNN’s numbers are going down is the pizazz factor. They don’t have any pizazz.” Sitting to this left, Joy Behar talked about her own HLN show. “It’s not news, it’s my opinion.”

“More power to you. I’m glad you have a show,” said O’Reilly.

O’Reilly once again applauded CNN’s Campbell Brown for her interview with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. “There was a great moment last night on CNN,” said O’Reilly, adding, “Nobody saw it, unfortunately, nobody watches it.”

As for the vampire get-up, O’Reilly joked he often dresses like that at home. “I hang from the ceiling. I’m the scariest guy in the world. When kids come trick or treating to my house, I open the door, they go ahhh!”

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Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, guest Bill O’Reilly, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Elizabeth Hasselbeck on this morning’s Halloween edition of “The View.”

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TVNewsers Guest Hosting ‘The View’ This Week

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With Elizabeth Hasselbeck on maternity leave, a couple of ladynewsers will be sitting in this week. Mika Brzezinski is in tomorrow and former Fox News anchor E.D. Hill is in Wednesday and Thursday. Wonder if the GMA execs will be watching as they search for a new co-anchor.

This morning, Alexandra Wentworth, AKA Mrs. George Stephanopoulos is guest hosting.

Megyn Kelly Lashes Out at Playboy For “Encouraging Hate, Intolerance, Misogyny”

Kelly_6.5.jpgCalling it a “vile attack,” Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly tore into Playboy and one of its writers over a story on Playboy.com (since pulled) which featured her and other women including Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Michelle Malkin, and Laura Ingraham.

Writer Guy Cimbalo generates what some are calling a ‘rape list,’ naming 10 women he deems ‘conservative’ and arguing that they generate a desire for hate sex among men. The bulk of this piece is devoted to crude attacks.

FNC reached out to Playboy for comment, but in Kelly’s opinion their statement did not go far enough.

It didn’t mean to encourage violence against women? That’s it? How about encouraging hate, intolerance, misogyny? Our viewers can make their own judgment about Playboy. But in my view, this is not the act of a publication that respects women in any way.

Video here, via Johnny Dollar…