Elisabeth Hasselbeck NOT Leaving ‘The View,’ Barbara Walters Confirms

Mon, March 11, 2013 11:32am EDT by 11 Comments
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving The View

Barbara set the record straight March 11, telling ‘The View’ audience that Elisabeth is staying put.

The ladies of The View played an impromptu game of True or False on the show’s March 11 episode, addressing the rumors that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is being fired for her conservative views. According to the mistress of the round table, Barbara Walters, those rumors are completely “false.”

“We value and appreciate [Elisabeth’s] point of view,” Barbara told the audience. “She is tougher than she looks. We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show.”

Needless to say, Elisabeth looked very relieved.

One person who is leaving, however, is Joy Behar. The comedian had previously given a statement to HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Deadline, but this was the first time she officially addressed the issue on The View.

“When you announced this last week, it was very bittersweet,” Barbara told Joy. “I want what’s best for you, but I will miss you. But you have your reasons for wanting to go, and I’m happy when you’re happy.”

That’s right, people, the ladies of The View actually got along! But don’t worry, they were quickly back at each other’s throats moments later as they discussed the roles of women in the workplace.

Original Report: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Leaving ‘The View’

So how did this Elisabeth rumor get started in the first place? A source told Us Weekly that admittedly-polarizing Elisabeth was too conservative for most viewers.

“The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing,” a source told the mag. “People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed.”

HollywoodLifers, are you glad Elisabeth is staying put, or were you happy thinking she was on her way out? Drop a comment with your thoughts!

— Andy Swift

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