First she shared a picture of her newborn son and related how tame it was compared to another photo she recently shared with her family. So how did a picture of Isaiah’s first smile, which she sent out to her family e-mail list, cause such a stir?
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“You know when your baby smiles for the first time – I reach for the iPhone and take the photo,” she said. “No wonder why he is smiling – because my nipple is in the photo!”
“It’s worse than drunk dialing,” she said of inadvertently flashing her entire family. “It’s embarrassing.”
Despite that breast-baring gaffe, Hasselbeck, 32, didn’t miss a beat being back into the show, where she usually takes the right-of-center position at the table.
“We haven’t done any Sarah Palin jokes since you’ve been gone,” co-host Sherri Shepherd joked.
“I don’t believe you,” the conservative Hasselbeck responded.
Among the topics the former reality-show star tackled on her first day back: “Balloon Boy” Falcon Heene, a Louisiana justice of the peace who denied an interracial couple a marriage license, Rush Limbaugh’s failed attempt to buy the St. Louis Rams, David Letterman’s sex scandal and the White House’s media war with Fox News.
During her maternity leave, Hasselbeck was temporarily replaced by headline-winning guests hosts including Kate Gosselin, who was in the middle of her ugly divorce, and Meghan McCain, who recently got into a scrape with fans and the media over a supposedly inappropriate Twitter photo.
“I’m the one who just forwarded a photo with my own nipple,” Hasselbeck joked.