Well, whattya know?
Guess Elisabeth Hasselbeck
will still be getting the heave-ho from The View
, after all!
Just not as quickly as Barbara Walters
would have originally
According to sources close to the long-running talk series, the
iconic journalist was LIVID when news leaked about her conservative
co-host's impending exit, and to attempt damage control, went on air
last week to deny
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is furious that an embarrassing leak about the plans to replace Elizabeth Hasselbeck
on The View
forced her to say otherwise on the show last week, the New York Post
Reports that Hasselbeck
was being canned went viral March 8, resulting in Walters, who is also
executive producer of the show, to make the unconvincing denial last
Monday, saying “We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show.”
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“ABC is desperate to freshen up the show,” the source told The Post.
“Dumping Joy Behar, who was there 16 years, and Hasselbeck would be the
fastest way to do it, they decided. After giving Behar the bad news last
week and letting her bow out gracefully, someone leaked the Hasselbeck
thing. Some enemies she has on the show saw their chance to get back at
her. Barbara was spitting mad that it got mishandled.”
Hasselbeck may have been given a brief retrieve, the source says, but she’s “toast” as to any long term future on the show.
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A rep for The View denied that Walters is angry, saying, “She loves these women and wants what’s best for them.”
previously reported, Brooke Shields
is a leading candidate to join The View
Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Days At 'The View' Are Reportedly Numbered: New York Post
Sources have told The New York Post
that Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s days at “The View” are numbered, despite Barbara Walters saying otherwise.
It was recently reported that Hasselbeck is getting ousted from the show
because her conservative views clashed with the audience. Speaking on air, Walters later insisted
that there were “no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show.” The rumors came on the heels of Joy Behar’s announcement that she will leave the show
when her contract is up in August.
The New York Post reported on Saturday
however, that “The View” does plan to get rid of Hasselbeck. Sources
told the newspaper that ABC wanted to “freshen” the show in the face of
“Dumping Joy Behar, who was there 16 years, and Hasselbeck would be
the fastest way to do it, they decided,” a source said. “After giving
Behar the bad news last week and letting her bow out gracefully, someone
leaked the Hasselbeck thing. Some enemies she has on the show saw their
chance to get back at her. Barbara was spitting mad that it got
mishandled, and called off the firing over [last] weekend.”
Walters recently called the story about Hasselbeck "particularly false,"
and said that Behar's departure will be "bittersweet." Behar told viewers that "it seemed like the right time"
to exit, and that she will leave to pursue other things on her plate.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on an audience study commissioned by "The View."
Hasselbeck and Behar were reportedly deemed too "polarizing," and many viewers did not like the show's political debates.
Possible replacements for Behar, according to the Post's sources, are
Ali Wentworth, Christie Brinkley and Brooke Shields. Wentworth is
reportedly the favorite because she is a comedian and the wife of
George Stephanopoulos, another ABC News star. A source added that the
show "won't rush" to find a new co-host, but will test out a number of
When asked about the rumors, a spokesperson for "The View" referred
back to Walters' comments, saying, "This was all addressed on Monday’s
show. [Walters] is not the least bit angry. She loves these women and
wants what’s best for them. Everything else is speculation. Producers
haven’t begun to search for a new co-host. We have no further comment."