Rumors have been flying that Elisabeth Hasselbeck has not been asked to return to ABC’s The View next season due to her scary right-wing ideas like life beginning at conception. Us Weekly reported last week that the conservative commentator did not have her contract renewed for next year after polling showed that viewers thought her to be “too extreme.”
But then on Monday’s show, Barbara Walters walked in arm-in-arm with the 35-year-old mom of three and announced that she isn’t going anywhere. “The truth is, we love Elisabeth … beyond that we value and appreciate her point of view,” she said. “It’s important to us because Elisabeth helps give the show perspective and balance … we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show.”
So is she staying or is she going? Sources say that ABC is “saving face” for both Elisabeth and the show by allowing her to leave on her own terms. The insider says that producers are “just leaving the door open for Elisabeth to announce she is leaving on her own when she’s ready … they don’t want to make her look bad and don’t want to make the show look bad for canning her … they just want to make it seem like Elisabeth decided to leave on her own when the announcement comes.”
Whether or not they’ve asked her to leave, I think it’s a good move for her. She’s been with the battleaxes other ladies for nearly a decade, and somehow she’s managed to smile through it all. That cannot be easy. Take it from someone that knows, being the lone conservative voice in a liberal-leaning venue can be vexing and sometimes even downright frustrating.
There are positive aspects, of course. It forces you to stay sharp and focused. You have to do your homework, because you need to be able to back up what you say with facts and numbers. Your mind doesn’t go into tunnel vision, because you’re constantly exposed to other people’s viewpoints that are so different from your own.
Maybe it’s the middle child in me, but sometimes it’s even fun to be a little contrarian. Especially when you’re breaking stereotypes like the GOP being composed mainly of old white guys.
That being said, I think it’s time for Elisabeth to move on from her current gig. She’s had a good run, and certainly has added some balance to a show that would otherwise be a bunch of liberals patting each other on the back (we already have that -- it’s called MSNBC), but I bet her talents could be put to better use elsewhere.
Best of luck to her, whether she stays on The View or not. And best of luck to ABC trying to keep the show going should she decide to leave. Love her or hate her, I bet there are more people that tune in to see her than tune out because of her “extreme” beliefs.
Will Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s departure from The View affect your TV-watching schedule?
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