Barbara Walters Refutes Reports About Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving ‘The View’

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Within the past 72 hours, the popular talk show ‘The View’ has gotten a lot of publicity regarding two of their co-hosts. Joy Behar was the first as reports came out that the 70-year-old comedian would not return for another season on the show. Behar confirmed the reports and said she felt the time was right to move on and get involved in other things such as working on a play she is writing and get back to her stand-up routine.

Another report came out that Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be not returning next season as well but not by her own choice. The co-host was being dismissed as a show insider was quoted as saying the reason she was being fired was due to her being too politically conservative for viewers. On Monday, Walters said publically that the rumors of Hasselbeck not returning are false and that the show appreciates the co-hosts’ point of view.

When Joy Behar came out publically and announced that she would not be returning to ‘The View’ next season, rumors began circulating that all the co-hosts would eventually be “abandoning ship” and the talk show would be in need of doing a reboot.

Speculation was that Barbara Walters would be considering retirement because of Behar leaving the show; Whoopi Goldberg has said she is involved with other projects besides the show and the reports of Hasselbeck being fired at the end of this season.

As for the report regarding Hasselbeck’s departure, Walters discussed the rumor during the early part of Monday’s show and said the reports were not true. She said, “There is a particularly false story getting picked up about Elisabeth’s alleged departure, saying that we don’t approve of her conservative views. The truth is, we love Elisabeth. I like her personally and she’s just a wonderful person. But beyond that we value and appreciate her point of view. It’s important to us because Elisabeth helps give this show perspective and balance. …We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show. Having said that to all of you, Bill and I have always said that when one of you makes the choice to leave, that’s your choice and we will support your decision. But right now, the only person who cannot leave the show is me.” Bill is in reference to Bill Geddie who helped Walters create the show.

Walter’s comments not only addressed Hasselbeck’s departure as being false but also quashed any rumors for the time being of her leaving the show as well. What was interesting in what Walter’s said was the fact that if Elisabeth should decide to leave, she would support her decision. US Weekly were the first to report that Hasselbeck, a longtime co-host, would not return for the show’s 17th season.

A show insider was quoted as saying the reason the co-host would not be asked to return next season was due to viewers feeling she was too politically conservative. Other reports followed that her contract would expire at the end of this season.

When a rep for the show was reached, the rep would not divulge the status of Hasselbeck’s contract and told FOX 411 “we do not discuss contract details.” Fox 411 tried to contact Hasselbeck but a rep for her did not immediately return their request for a comment.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Not Leaving ‘The View,’ Barbara Walters Says

Barbara Walters insisted on Monday that Elisabeth Hasselbeck will not be leaving “The View,” following earlier reports that the co-host was departing the show.

Barbara Walters Addresses Rumors About Hasselbeck’s View Departure

At the beginning of Monday’s episode of The View, Barbara Walters set out to clarify the rumors surrounding co-hosts Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s departures from the talk show.

Walters began by going over the already-confirmed news that Behar will be leaving the show after having started it with Walters and co-hosted for 16 years. Behar read off a Letterman-like “top 10″ list of why she’s leaving The View, including a fear of catching “childhood diseases,” i.e., chickenpox.

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