Elisabeth Hasselbeck ousted by 'The View'?
Reports say co-host has been canned for her 'extreme' POV
It looks like "The View" could be a whole new show next season. On the heels of Joy Behar's exit news come reports that co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will also be leaving, but not by choice.
"Survivor" alumna Hasselbeck became an official co-host of "The View" in November 2003, with the idea that she would bring both a younger and more conservative perspective to the daytime talk show. Buzz now suggests that conservative voice is exactly why she won't be back at the table come September.
Like "The View" co-hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd, Hasselbeck is not one to back down from her opinions. There have been several instances over the years in which her liberal colleagues like Walters and Goldberg have rolled their eyes at her or even gotten into a straight-up tussle over the issues. Now, some alleged market research claims TV viewers are on the same page.
"The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing," an unnamed insider told Us Weekly. "People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed."
TV Newser also cites two sources confirming the exit news.
While Hasselbeck is staying mum, thus far, a spokeperson from "The View" denied this report when approached by MSN TV -- sort of.
"Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of 'The View' and has a long-term contract," is the official line from the show.
In TV terms, that contract doesn't mean much. We all know contracts can be broken. Calling Hasselbeck a "valued member" may count for something, but if Hasselbeck and "The View" don't speak to this on the Monday, March 11 episode, it won't be good news for the co-host.
Stay tuned for more on this story as it unfolds.
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC.
Hasselbeck IS the only reason to watch this show... If not for her, I would never even think of watching it...I really watch very little of it but now it appears I will watch NONE of it... Who wants to listen to that big mouth whoopi anyway???
Being out numbered she sometimes seems to come on a little strong, But imagine having to
prove a point when your 4 louder older sisters think your opinion doesn't matter. I wouldn't take
that job on national TV , thank god for Elisabeth
Palin. There, are you satisfied? Spelling Palin's name is not the point. The issue is her limited knowledge. And as far as Hasselbeck is concern, she can support any idea she desires. It is the tactic used which the audience takes issue. As though she is an authority. Unfortunately she is not. I just wonder about the behind the scene politics which took place for her to keep her job.
Without Hasselbeck it will not be appropriately called "The View."
I will not watch again....it will be just another left wing controlled broadcast.
I do not know why the "opinion" was that she is too strong in her values.....
who did they ask? or did they just make that up as a reason?
I will not watch again if she is not on the program.
When running for office a person has to lie to the american people today to get their vote, instead of being honest and just say 'I don't know if I can take care of that certain request' they lie so they can be elected. I watched that show and Barbara Walters has always think that she owns tv and can say and do what she wants to do, and listen to her about other people, she has a track record, only she has money to clean up her record.