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Elisabeth can wear McCain T-shirt on ‘View’

“The View” is denying a report that co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was told to not wear a T-shirt supporting John McCain.
/ Source: Access Hollywood

“The View” is denying a report that co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was told to not wear a T-shirt supporting John McCain.

On Thursday, the celebrity gossip Web site Defamer.com claimed after a conference call between ABC and “View” producers, it was decided that Hasselbeck could not wear her pro-McCain shirt on the show.

An alleged “View” insider source told the Web site, “The number of complaints — phone calls and e-mails and even negative studio audience comments regarding the T-shirt were staggering, and the network does not want it happening again. How she got away with wearing it on air is anybody’s guess, but it definitely will not happen again.”

However, the report is not true, according to a rep from the daytime gabfest.

“Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers of ‘The View’ don’t think it’s appropriate to wear tee-shirts (sic) endorsing either candidate, but would never forbid any of the co-hosts from expressing themselves,” a rep for “The View” told Access Hollywood. “Additionally, Elisabeth designed her ‘Great AmeriCAIN’ T-Shirt. She is a designer by trade and has shown it twice before on-air on ‘The View.’”

The rep also denies there was ever a conference call discussing the T-shirt in question.

T-shirt scandal or not, one thing is for certain; viewers love all of the drama and hot topics. “The View” was ranked first in its time slot for the fourth straight week.