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Shirley Sherrod appeared last week on The View and was met with some sharp questions. But the former public servant, still at the heart of controversy, was quick to rebut, especially in relation to the comments about race directed to her by none-other than Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

It’s no wonder The View continues to enjoy some of television’s strongest ratings statistics. Since a record breaking 6.2 million viewers tuned into watch the show the day after Obama won the 2008 presidential election, ratings have soared to even stronger heights. And it clearly has to do with the show’s cast and guest lineup: The conservative Elizabeth Hasselbeck, the outspoken Rosie O’Donnell (former cast member), Whoopi Goldberg, and the 80-year-old media powerhouse Barbara Walters, as well as guests like the Obamas.

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