ABC’s longtime running daytime talk show ‘The View’ will undergo yet another change. After co-host Joy Behar announced earlier this year that she would be leaving the show at the end of the season, and Barbara Walters announced she will be retiring in the summer of 2014, word now comes that Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s last day on the show will be today. In mid-September, Hasselbeck will join ‘Fox & Friends,’ replacing current co-host Gretchen Carlson who will begin her own show on the network, during that time period.
After Walters had earlier denied rumours of Hasselbeck’s departure, yesterday, she acknowledged Hasselbeck will leave the show. “We have had ten wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming in new waters,” she said. “We will miss her and wish her everything good.”
The outspoken conservative-leaning Hasselbeck—who actually considers herself more of an independent—will join a network more closely aligned with her politics.
In the past, some of her words have landed her in hot water with colleagues and guests. She has had heated on-air debates with Rosie O’Donnell and Kathy Griffin, to name a few.
It will be curious to see how her opinions will come through on ‘Fox & Friends.’ On ‘The View,’ her politics often stood in contrast to a liberal panel, whereas on Fox her opinions may echo the voices of other co-hosts. The areas where she is left-leaning may actually be what stands out in her new role. While she has been conservative on most issues, she has sometimes been liberal on other issues, such as same-sex marriage.
Some have already speculated that ‘The View’ may be looking to keep the formula consistent by replacing Hasselbeck with another conservative female. Actress Jenny McCarthy is also in talks to join the show, as an apparent heir to Behar. Regardless of the candidate’s politics, what they really should be looking for is someone like Hasselbeck who is opinionated and will not back down from debate.
What are your thoughts on Hasselbeck’s departure?