Last week was an emotional roller-coaster for Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Just days after brother-in-law Matt Hasselbeck's Seattle Seahawks were deprived of a Super Bowl win, she and the other ladies of ABC's The View racked up 10 Daytime Emmy nods. Is this the year that they at last grab the gold for Outstanding Talk Show Host? Just minutes after the nominations were announced, TVGuide.com caught up with Hasselbeck, aka that sunny Survivor, to discuss the show's chances and to tackle a very hot topic the questionable refereeing during that Super Bowl loss.
TVGuide.com: First of all, congratulations on The View's nominations [including best talk show]!
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Thank you. The show's been nominated right from the jump, so it's nice to know it's always been in the game. It's certainly deserved it every single year.
TVGuide.com: From where you're sitting, when the ladies don't win in a given year, does someone say, "OK, we have to try something different, or do some 'very special' segments"? Or do you just keep plugging along, doing what you do the best you can?
Hasselbeck: Any project you work on be it a show or a fashion design you are constantly looking for ways to improve, because you know that right in your blind spot, there's a competitor waiting. Also, just because you love what you do, you want to get better at it. So you evaluate what has worked, look at what maybe will work, and hope to find a good marriage between the two.
TVGuide.com: Do you have free input with producers, like if on your way home you think, "Wow, it might be fun if we did this... "?
Hasselbeck: Here's the cool thing about the show anyone at any time can suggest something that maybe will work, and those ideas are oftentimes explored. "Maybe we need a new table? Maybe we change it from wood to glass? Maybe it would be a great segment to do blank?" Honestly, the ideas come in from so many different areas, and sometimes you grab one of those random thoughts and kind of just wait and see.
TVGuide.com: Now, you weren't on The View yet the last time they won for best talk show, right?
Hasselbeck: No, I was not. [Making frowny face] No Emmy for me.
TVGuide.com: Should you get one come Apr. 28, would you even begin to know where to put it?
Hasselbeck: I live in New York City, so there's not much space....
TVGuide.com: It's going to end up on top of the microwave, isn't it?
Hasselbeck: Or the microwave might have to go.
TVGuide.com: Do you have anything else going on professionally? You can't be on this show if you don't have a half-dozen outside projects, after all. Any book in the wings?
Hasselbeck: I'm kind of just waiting for the right time and waiting for my thoughts to kind of come together; I don't want to just throw something out there. Really, my passion is in design and in fashion, so if I'm going to invest any extra time in anything, it's going to most likely be in that field first. Then, if I can do a book, that would be great. But I'm a mom [to her and Giants-QB husband Tim's 10-month-old daughter, Grace Elisabeth], too, so I don't want to bite off more than I can chew.
TVGuide.com: After a little more than two years on The View, do you still feel like "the new girl"?
Hasselbeck: Not with the ladies. I honestly never felt like "the new girl" with them after the first couple of days. The only reason I feel comfortable is that they took me in as family, and I don't say that in a cavalier way. They really treat me like my family does, and it's always been that way. I never felt like I had to earn my seat here, they were there for me right from the get-go. There are times where I put pressure on myself if I come in late, I'm just kind of frazzled, I'm doing something new for the first time or I get jitters, but that's normal, because I care and I don't want to mess up.
TVGuide.com: If you were voting for outstanding game-show host, who gets your vote: Jeopardy's Alex Trebek or Millionaire's Meredith Vieira? You have a 50-50 chance of answering this one right.
Hasselbeck: Meredith Vieira, without a doubt! Let me tell you something she writes a letter to every person that comes on that show. She is so involved and she gives herself completely to every person who comes on. That show is not just work for her.
TVGuide.com: Lastly, where do you stand on the questionable calls made in Super Bowl XL? What are the feelings of the Seattle QB's sis-in-law?
Hasselbeck: I'm just getting my voice back, and my heart is still somewhere in my stomach. I thought Matthew played an outstanding game, and to lose to a team where their stats on paper didn't match up... well, you never want to look up at a scoreboard and see a score that doesn't reflect the game, and I think that's what happened. I don't know how Pittsburgh can feel 100 percent good about winning like that. You want to win like the Patriots did last year, and the year before.