Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s “View” Future Safe; Brooke Shields Eyed as Possible Newcomer

Let’s hope the Hasselbeck Haters didn’t get their hopes up” Barbara Walters kicked off Monday’s edition of The View by debunked reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is being ousted from the ABC talk show.

The right-winger sat quietly as Walters addressed what she called the “particularly false story that keeps getting picked up,” referring to Friday’s Us Weekly report, which quoted unnamed sources claiming Hasselbeck had been fired because her unpopular political views clash with the show’s largely liberal audience.

Not true, said Babs, who told the audience:

“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 her view. It’s important to us because Elisabeth helps give this show perspective and balance. And believe me, she’s tougher than she looks, [having to] sit here for a decade and take the kind of guff we give her.”

There is one co-host who will exit The View later this year. Comedienne and original co-host Joy Behar has confirmed reports that she’ll end her 16 year tenure with the program once her contract expires in August. Author/actress Brooke Shields is reportedly a contender to possibly replace Behar. In January, Shields won popularity as a View guest host while Walters was hospitalized with chicken pox.

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