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Hot topic: The View's Joy Behar is sorry for calling alleged Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel a hooker.

On Thursday's show, Behar and her cohosts were discussing the Woods sex scandal when Behar joked, "Uchitel, she's a hooker.

Uchitel wasn't amused.

She was "very upset" by the "false and defamatory" remark, her attorney Gloria Allred said in a statement Thursday. "Even if the host said it in a joking way Rachel is not amused, because she values her reputation and her reputation has been damaged by this statement as it is completely false."

A View rep insists the comment was said in jest.

"Joy Behar made a play on Ms. Uchitel's name," reads a statement. "This was intended as a joke. We sincerely apologize for the choice of words and for any misimpression the joke may have created."