The veteran TV personality Walters today put the brakes on the reports that Hasselbeck was being kicked off the show at all – much less due to her political views, which are at odds with the rest of the cast:
Barbara Walters refuted reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving “The View.”
Early on during Monday’s episode of the talk show, Walters discussed rumors that Hasselbeck was leaving “The View” because of the conservative opinions she often voices.
“There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s departure,” Walters said. “We value her and appreciate point of view… She helps keep the show balanced… We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show.”
US Weekly was the first to report the longtime co-host would not be returning for the 17th season of the daytime chat show.
They quoted a show insider who said she was being dropped because she was too politically conservative for viewers.
Hasselbeck, 35, joined the show in 2003.
False rumors of her departure came just days after Joy Behar confirmed she would not be returning to the show.
Speaking solely for myself, I’d only ever get remotely close to the View studios if I were being held at gunpoint, but Hasselbeck has made a home for herself there amongst superficial liberal women who only pay her cheap lip service when it comes to being “tolerant” of differing viewpoints, so more power to her for holding her own. Hasselbeck reminds me of conservatives who occasionally appear on shows like Bill Maher’s – they’re there so the hosts can say they provide “all points of view” for you to consider but in reality they keep conservatives around either to try to embarrass, shame them, or hope they embarrass and/or shame themselves. Fortunately, most of the time these conservatives do just the opposite, which is infuriating to ultra-leftists like Maher. I know many conservatives who don’t care for the way Hasselbeck tries to get along with the others on the View by attempting to find “neutral ground” but if you had to work in that highly hostile & volatile environment, there isn’t much different you’d probably do unless you wanted to get yourself kicked to the curb.
I suspect Hasselbeck stays on in an effort to try to impress upon daytime viewers the need for a conservative “alternative” voice when it comes to talking about cultural issues, so in that regard she is “taking one for the team.” Things will probably become a little more pleasant for her once Joy Behar exits stage far left later this year.
Stay strong, Mrs. H.