Erin Andrews peeped for ratings by that evil genius Barbara Walters
Say what you will about Barbara Walters, the woman knows a ratings gold mine when she sees one.
After the firestorm of controversy that erupted over The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck's criticism of Erin Andrews' outfits on Dancing With the Stars, insiders are now saying it was Walters, not Hasselbeck, who demanded that Hasselback's apology happen on air.
"What sources are telling me is that Barbara made her apologize publicly. Barbara was smart enough to say, 'You need to go on camera, you need to say sorry,' and I fear — you know, Barbara is a smart, smart lady — I fear this is about ratings. The ratings are going to go through the roof," PopEater columnist Rob Shuter said.
And as the former publicist for drama-inclined stars like Paris Hilton and Naomi Campbell, Shuter knows a publicity stunt when he sees it.
Lara Spencer of The Insider added that the other hosts weren't caught by surprise by the comment because any views or topics for the day's show are discussed beforehand in the makeup room. "Actually I have a source, very close, who was in the room that day, who said that for sure they all knew that Elisabeth was going to come out and say that. So I think the big brouhaha is over Erin's reaction and the public's reaction to it."
Who else is Hasselbeck talking to behind the scenes? Shuter says none other then her friend from the 2008 campaign trail, Sarah Palin.
"The one person I was told that she called for some advice was her good friend Sarah Palin," Shuter continued, though he wrote there is no word on what the former vice presidential candidate said about the situation.