by Steven Ertelt
September 18, 2007
Hollywood, CA (LifeNews.com) — Crooner Barry Manilow has caused a furor over his political views by refusing to appear on the popular television show "The View" because co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is pro-life on the issue of abortion. He cited abortion and other political issues when he requested that Hasselbeck not be present in a scheduled interview.
Manilow said he scrapped plans to appear on the program when its producers refused to accommodate his request.
He was slated to appear on the ABC morning show Tuesday to promote his new album "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies," which hits stores today.
"I had made a request that I be interviewed by (co-hosts) Joy (Behar), Barbara (Walters) or Whoopi (Goldberg), but not Elisabeth Hasselbeck," Manilow said on his web site. "Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request so I bowed out."
"It’s really too bad because I’ve always been a big supporter of the show, but I cannot compromise my beliefs," he added.
In an interview with news Web site TMZ, Manilow called Hasselbeck "dangerous" and "offensive" because of her pro-life views and stands on other issues.
Manilow appeared on the program twice before with Hasselbeck present and the show’s producers defended their decision not to meet his demands.
Reuters reports that a representative of “The View" said “we canceled him" because the producers refused to comply with Manilow’s “completely disrespectful” demands.
Manilow has frequently been involved in backing pro-abortion candidates and FEC records show he contributed the maximum $2,300 to the Democratic presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joseph Biden, and John Edwards. They all support abortion.
He has also been a longtime supporter of California Sen. Barbara Boxer, one of the leading abortion advocates in Congress.
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