“The View” almost became “The Catfight” Tuesday when Jessica Hahn appeared on the show in a “Where Are They Now?” segment.
Hahn burst onto the public radar in the 1980s during a high profile scandal involving televangelist Jim Bakker. In 1987, it was revealed that Bakker had been paying Hahn to keep silent about a sexual encounter and he was forced to resign from the PTL Club that he and wife Tammy Faye Baker – who was known for her trademark pancake makeup – founded in 1975.
Hahn always claimed the encounter was rape. And she apparently took offense to a question on “The View” and took the opportunity to turn the tables and try to embarrass Barbara Walters.
Sherri Shepherd set the whole thing off when she asked Hahn about “the affair.”
“This wasn’t an affair,” Hahn said. “Unlike, I don’t want to be cruel or anything, in your book ‘Audition,’ you had an affair with a senator.”
The comment referred to Walter’s admission that she had an affair with Massachusetts Sen. Edward Brooke in the 1970s. At the time, Walters was rising in the network news ranks and Brooke was the first African-American elected to the Senate.
But the seasoned interviewer didn’t miss a beat, when Hahn made her comment.
“This is about you, my dear,” Walters said, coolly. “This is not about me, OK?”