‘View’ Denies Banning Hasselbeck’s McCain T-Shirt

“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 Elisabeth 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 emails 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.

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