On Monday’s show, the veteran broadcast journalist addressed rumors that the “Survivor” reality-star was being fired from the show because of her conservative views.
"There is a particularly false story getting picked up about Elisabeth's alleged departure, saying that we don't approve of her conservative views," Walters said of the 35-year-old Hasselbeck. "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 of view. It's important to us because Elisabeth helps give this show perspective and balance."Walters, 83, continued, "We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show. Having said that to all of you, Bill [executive producer Bill Geddie] and I have always said that when one of you makes the choice to leave, that's your choice and we will support your decision. But right now, the only person who cannot leave the show is me."Reports that Hasselbeck would be departing "The View" came right after comedian Joy Behar announced she would be exiting the show when her contract ended in August. She has been with the show since it started in 1997.
Hasselbeck started the show in 2003 when she was 25 to replace Lisa Ling, two years after she competed in “Survivor: The Australian Outback.”
After Behar announced she would be leaving the show, Walters added she would miss the comedian, but Behar wasn’t going to stop joking just because she would be departing soon.
"I don't like my jobs to last longer than my marriages," said the 70-year-old Behar.
Behar reportedly plans on returning to stand-up comedy and would like to take advantage of her extra time to complete a play she's been working on.