Elisabeth Hasselbeck ‘Toast’, Babs ‘Spitting Mad’ Over Firing Leak

Barbara Walters The View

Barbara Walters‘s head is spinning like Linda Blair‘s in The Exorcist after “enemies” leaked Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s head-rolling.  (Click photo to watch.)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Joy Behar

Babs wanted to lop it off on HER time after she jettisoned Joy.

NYP Exclusive!   Rumors 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. Ratings are going soft, and research numbers on the stars’ likability are scaring network execs.

“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 early.”

Meanwhile the well-manicured claws are out for Behar’s still-warm seat, with “GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos’ actress-comic wife Ali Wentworth a favorite. But Christie Brinkley is also lobbying hard for the job.

Another source said, “They want another comedienne, so Ali is the favorite. And she’s already seen as part of the ABC family because of George. But Christie really wants the job. Brooke Shields is also very much liked.

“But, just as they did with ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael,’ they won’t rush. They’ll test out a number of hosts to see who works best with the women and the audience.” A rep for “The View” said, “This was all addressed on Monday’s show. [Walters] is not the least bit angry. She loves these women and wants what’s best for them. Everything else is speculation. Producers haven’t begun to search for a new co-host. We have no further comment.”

Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 8:28 AM


  • jimbotalk

    I just can’t help imagining what a breath of fresh air Marty Davis would be.
    And you’d LOOK younger than any of them.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Oh, God, thanks for the kind words! I couldn’t abide those harpies! Via BlackBerry

  • frannie

    Ali removed those suitcases beneath her eyes and had some ‘refreshing’ done….
    She is camera ready!
    Barabara Walters is still alive? :D

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Ali is it. Who replaces Hasselbeck?
      Via BlackBerry

    • jimbotalk

      I wish: Ann Coulter or Laura Ingraham.
      I think: Ali Wentworth.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Ali replaces Joy Behar. Who replaces Elisabeth, Jim?

    • jimbotalk

      Michelle Malkin? Dana Perino? Peggy Noonan?

    • Nobody Special

      Michelle Malkin could definitely hold her own on the view, but I don’t think she’d be interested. Peggy Noonan……gag! Dana Perino seems pretty happy at Fox, I doubt ABC could lure her away. If you’re going to steal Fox talent how about Megyn Kelly?

      It is interesting to ponder………Honestly I can’t think of a conservative woman that would willingly subject themselves to that show.

    • jimbotalk

      Points well taken. Megyn–maybe.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Either can I, NS.

    • frannie

      Brooke Shields

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Her name has been floated.

  • CapnPaul

    Let’s have Marty!! She’d tell Babs to STFU!

    • jimbotalk

      That’s the point! The harpies couldn’t abide Marty!

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      I would. You know I would. I would garrote her with my tongue.
      Via BlackBerry

  • MichellenotTHATone

    The irony of them wanting to freshen up the show and still leave Barbara Walters and Whoopi in place is stunning. I give Hasselbeck credit for facing them down but…. The entire enterprise is trash television of the highest order.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Agree on all points!
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  • carolr527

    Ann Coulter, a frequent guest on The View, said Joy Behar isn’t as political as everyone thinks she is and she’s a fun gal. Ann then said that Elisabeth has about 3 brain cells.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Thanks for the dish!
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