Mitt Romney agrees to return to "The View" after calling the show "high risk" because four of its hosts are "not conservative." The former Governor of Massachusetts, who has visited the ABC daytime program three times in the past, will appear as a guest in an October episode.
"The Governor has been to 'The View' and we have had a wonderful visit," co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck read a statement from the politician campaign on air Wednesday, September 19. "And his team confirms this morning that the Romneys would once again love to join the sharp-tongued chatter in October."
In his leaked speech from a private fundraiser in May, Romney said, " 'The View' is fine. Although 'The View' is high risk because of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative. Whoopi Goldberg in particular." He added, "Although last time I was on the show, she said, 'You know what? I think I could vote for you.' And I said, I must have done something really wrong."
The "View" ladies discussed the GOP presidential candidate's statement on the show Wednesday morning. "If you can't handle four sharp-tongued women, how are you going to handle the country," Sherri Shepherd asked. Barbara Walters, however, said she thought Romney could handle their questions.
Also in the leaked video, Romney claimed David Letterman "hates me" because he has been on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" more often than "Late Show with David Letterman". "They're very jealous of each other, as you know," he went on arguing.
Letterman later said on his show, "I don't hate Mitt," and invited the 65-year-old politician as well as his wife to stop by his late-night talk show. "I certainly don't hate Mitt because he's done - because he's been on Leno's show more. I mean, why hate a guy who's suffered through that?" the host quipped.
His comments on "The View" and David Letterman, however, were not as controversial as the one he made on Barack Obama's supporters. At one point in his speech, he claimed that 47 percent of voters who would vote for the reigning president didn't pay tax. He later addressed his statement in a press conference, which has been spoofed by Jimmy Fallon.