NEW YORK -- Elisabeth Hasselbeck has apologized to ESPN reporter and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Erin Andrews for comments she made about Andrews' attire on the show.
"The View" co-host said she regretted the remarks she made on Tuesday's show, when she said that Andrews' stalker could have avoided prison time by simply watching her in her "Dancing with the Stars" costumes.
"In light of what happened and as a legal [matter] - and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room," Hasselbeck said Tuesday. "I mean, in some way if I'm him, I'm like, 'Man! I just could've waited 12 weeks and seen this - a little bit less - without the prison time!'"
Erin Andrews told People magazine Wednesday that Hasselbeck's comments were "a slap in the face to victims of stalking and sexual predators."
"The thing that I was most upset about is I felt she was mocking a situation," she continued. "As a mother and a woman, I'm disappointed she went there."
In March, a man was sentenced to federal prison for secretly filming Andrews and posting nude video of her on the Internet. In April, after she began competing on "Dancing with the Stars," she began receiving death threats.
Hasselbeck said that she left work Tuesday feeling bad about what she had said, and spoke to her 5-year-old daughter, Grace Elisabeth, about it.
"She’s so cute, she said to me, 'Mommy, why don't you just call Erin and tell her you’re sorry?'" Hasselbeck said Wednesday. "So, thankfully, I listened to her -- she's a wise little girl -- and I did. So, I'm really sorry, and I wanted to offer that publicly too, even though I did follow that advice."