Elisabeth Hasselbeck “is toast” on ABC’s “The View,” sources tell us, despite show doyenne Barbara Walters insisting the conservative blonde isn’t getting fired.
swirling that Hasselbeck was on her way out forced Walters to say last
Monday, “We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show.” But a
source tells us, “ABC is desperate to freshen the show.
going soft, and research numbers on the stars’ likability are scaring
“Dumping Joy Behar, who was there 16 years, and
Hasselbeck would be the fastest way to do it, they decided. After giving
Behar the bad news last week and letting her bow out gracefully,
someone leaked the Hasselbeck thing. Some enemies she has on the show
saw their chance to get back at her.
Barbara was spitting mad that it
got mishandled, and called off the firing over [last] weekend.”
While we heard Hasselbeck would go when her contract is up next year,
the source added, “It could be earlier, because the ABC brass believes
the show needs to be younged-up fast. They easily could coax her to go