The View:Who's Staying And Who's Going
View Comings and Goings (Photo Courtesy Of starcrush.com / March 11, 2013)
"The View" addressed the rumors right up front: yes, longtime host Joy Behar is leaving the show -- but Elisabeth Hasselbeck isn't going anywhere. Whoopi Goldberg wasted no time bringing up the "crazy weekend" the "View"-related news cycle had created for all five ladies, then kicked it right over to Barbara Walters, "since this is Barbara Walters's show, and she is here." Walters spent a few minutes reminiscing about how she and Joy Behar "started this show together," and her feeling that she "discovered" Behar, in a way. "I want what's best for you," Walters said, but Behar's departure is of course "bittersweet." But all that was just preamble to the announcement we'd really been waiting for -- whether Elisabeth Hasselbeck was following Behar out the door. She isn't. Walters called the mutterings "a particularly false story," and objected in particular to the idea that Hasselbeck would leave because the other co-hosts can't tolerate her conservative leanings. "We value and appreciate her point of view," Walters said, "it's important to us," before saying in so many words, "We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show."