The morning talk staple “The View” appears to suddenly be cleaning house. On the heels of news that Joy Behar is headed out the door, as we reported previously, a new report by Us Magazine says Elisabeth Hasselbeck is also leaving the show.
The report cites a source saying Hasselbeck won’t return to the show for its next season.
“According to the source, the show’s resident conservative voice is being ousted after market research revealed that she isn’t popular with TV audiences,” the piece reports.
Us quotes the source saying: "The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing. People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed."
The report notes that a representative for “The View” wasn’t admitting anything. The rep is quoted saying: "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of ‘The View’ and has a long-term contract."
“Hasselbeck, 35, joined the cast of the daytime talk show in November 2003 after guest-hosting the show following Lisa Ling’s departure in 2002,” Us notes. “Throughout the course of her time on ‘The View,’ she has gotten into numerous arguments with her co-hosts, including a heated argument with Rosie O’Donnell in 2007 over the war in Afghanistan and with Barbara Walters over Mitt Romney in 2012.”