Morning Buzz: Backstage Feud at ‘The View’

Defamer reports that ABC’s The View hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar were involved in a heated verbal battle after yesterday’s taping of their show. Hasselbeck reportedly criticized Behar for promoting her stand-up act on the air, and Behar was said to have responded by telling Hasslebeck that she would “burn her down” and to “shut the f*ck up.” A rep for the The View calls the story “completely ridiculous and untrue.”

TMZ reports that a man who was arrested for taping conversations with an employee of Oprah Winfrey’s is now suing Winfrey for $180 million. Keifer Bonvillain’s case was dismissed two years ago after he was assigned to community service, and ordered to pay back $3,000 he took from one tabloid magazine for the contents of the tapes. Bonvillain has now filed a lawsuit claiming Oprah made false statements which led to his arrest. “The whole incident started when the plaintiff (Keifer) wiretapped one of Harpo’s California employees. We advised him this wiretap was illegal, and now we’re gonna get the chance to determine whether we were right or not,” Winfrey’s attorney stated.

Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively is being sued by a seamstress who says that Lively hasn’t paid for work done on a dress she wore. TMZ reports that Angela Bilotti is taking Lively to small claims court for the $500 she says is owed on the dress that Blake wore to this year’s Teen Choice Awards. According to Lively’s rep, Bilotti “botched” the job on the dress and Blake offered to pay half the fee.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that contestants on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars contestants are furious with geriatric funnylady Cloris Leachman and feel that her continued antics could lead viewers to tune out. ”We thought it would be fun to have Cloris on … and expected her to maybe make it through one or two weeks. But now it’s gone from people being amused — similar to the way it was with Jerry Springer – to being downright concerned,” said a staffer. Contestant Susan Lucci is reportedly “outraged that others have been eliminated who are far better than Cloris.”

Us reports that the Republican party has paid more than $150,000 to dress vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for her campaign. Sources says that $49,425.74 was charged up at Saks Fifth Avenue department stores in St. Louis and New York, and $75,062.63 at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis. “The campaign does not comment on strategic decisions regarding how financial resources available to the campaign are spent,” a McCain-Palin spokesperson stated.