ABC announced View co-host Joy Behar’s decision to leave the morning talk show yesterday, and today Us Weekly reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is out of there, too — and it may not be voluntary. The report pointed to market research that claimed people found the conservative Hasselbeck “too extreme and right-wing.” ABC has yet to comment. In the statement about Behar, ABC referred to Hasselbeck as a “valued member of the View” with a “long-term contract.”
The question now is whether the network will cast for new co-hosts or simply not renew The View. Should the show go on with remaining hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters?