After nine years with the show, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is joining Joy Behar in exiting The View, Us Weekly reports. Citing an unnamed source, the report says viewers found her token conservative voice to be “too extreme and right wing.”
Polling showed that viewers were turned off by Hasselbeck’s presence on the show, not tuning into the program because of her, the Us Weekly notes. Hasselbeck joined the show in 2003, and her perspective has, not surprisingly, resulted in tense moments and arguments with her co-hosts.
Reportedly, the viewer response led to her contract not being renewed:
“The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing,” the insider tells Us. “People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed.”
Yesterday, we learned that Behar is leaving The View in August after her contract is up, after being with the show for 16 and a half years.
Read the full report here.
UPDATE: In a statement to TVNewser, a spokesperson simply said that Hasselbeck has a long-term contract. Their report also notes that “two sources familiar with the matter” say she won’t be returning to the show.
In a statement, a spokesperson for “The View” tells TVNewser, “Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of ‘The View’ and has a long term contract.”
When pressed on whether she would be returning next season, the spokesperson replied, “she has a long term contract.”
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