Elisabeth Hasselbeck will go down in history as one of The View's most divisive co-hosts in the talk show's 16-year history. As exclusively reported by Us Weekly March 8, the conservative 35-year-old mother of three will not be returning for another season of the ABC daytime talk show.
"The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing," an insider told Us of Hasselbeck, who joined the show in November 2003. "People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her [Thursday, March 7] her contract would not be renewed."
Hasselbeck, who first gained fame in 2001 when she was cast in Survivor: The Australian Outback, has yet to publicly comment on her dismissal. She has, however, tweeted about History's The Bible miniseries and her love of ShowNo towels. When reached for comment Friday, a rep for the show told Us in a statement: "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of The View and has a long term contract."
The blonde TV personality isn't the only co-host leaving The View; Joy Behar, 70, had recently announced her own departure on Good Morning America. "I want to explore other opportunities," said the comedienne, who had been with the show since its premiere in 1997.
Previous co-hosts on The View include Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998), Meredith Vieira (1997-2006), Star Jones (1997-2006), Lisa Ling (1999-2002) and Rosie O'Donnell (2006-2007). After Behar's final appearance, moderator Barbara Walters, 83, will be the only original panelist on the program. Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg are also expected to return.
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