Mar 11, 2013 10:35 AM
Barbara Walters is denying reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving The View.
On Monday's episode of the show, Walters addressed recent rumors that Hasselbeck was leaving. "There’s a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s alleged departure saying we don’t approve of her conservative views," Walters said. "The truth is ... we value and appreciate her point of view, it’s important to us, because it helps give the show perspective and balance."
Walters added, "We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show. Having said that to all of you, Bill [Geddie] and I have always said that when one of you make the choice to leave, that’s your choice, and we will support your decision.”
It was also reported that Hasselbeck's contract would be up after the current season of the show, but her won't comment on the matter. Hasselbeck joined the show in 2003 when she took over for Lisa Ling, so maybe this is just a slick move on her part to negotiate for more money?
Last week Joy Behar announced she was leaving the daytime talk show to pursue other projects.