Hasselbeck said she tried to explain to her 5-year-old daughter that she had hurt Andrews' feelings. "I promised [my daughter] I would use my words more mindfully, like I try to do, to build people up and not break them down," Hasselbeck said.
Hasselbeck's apology came a day after she criticized the skimpiness of Andrews' recent Dancing outfits and made a crass joke about a man convicted of stalking her. He was accused of secretly recording Andrews through hotel room peepholes.
"I think in light of what happened ... and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room ... in some way, if I'm him, I'm like, 'Man, I could have just waited 12 weeks ... I could have seen this, a little bit less, without the prison time,'" Hasselbeck said on Tuesday's show.
Following Tuesday night's Dancing elimination round, Andrews told Access Hollywood that Hasselbeck's remarks made her cry. "I think people can have opinions about the costumes and the show ... but my biggest complaint is she's a woman and a mother and there was giggling [and] it was a mockery of something I've lived through this past year. ... I felt like it was a slap in the face for victims of stalkers and victims of sexual predators."
Andrews' Dancing family rallied around her as well.
"@ehasselbeck why did u have to throw @erinandrewsespn under the bus this morning? shame on u," Dancing pro Louis Van Amstel tweeted.
"Elizabeth Hassleback's [sic] comments about @ErinAndrewsESPN. Insensitive, in poor taste and remedial and foolish," fellow contestant Niecy Nash tweeted.
Partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy defended Andrews' outfits as well, tweeting, " I'm the one designing @ErinAndrewsESPN's dresses for the show, so I'll just assume that @ehasselbeck is jealous...and stupid 4 her comments."
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