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Hasselbeck leaving View: Nine Years Later

Elisabeth Hasselbeck appears on the ABC show 'The View' on Sept. 14, 2011 Elisabeth Hasselbeck has a "long-term contract" with "The View," a rep for the ABC daytime talk show said Friday in response to reports that say the conservative co-host is set to leave her job after nine years. A day earlier, the network announced that panelist Joy Behar, one of the last original cast members, would depart the series. The 70-year-old said she plans to concentrate on other projects. The news outlets Us Weekly, TV Newser, Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter reported that Hasselbeck would not be back for season 17 in the fall. Each publication cited its own sources. "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of 'The View' and has a long-term contract," a ABC Entertainment Group spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Friday, in response to the reports. Hasselbeck has not commented. "The View" debuted in 1997 with four co-ho

Hasselbeck leaving View: After Full NIne Years

Elisabeth Hasselbeck at The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fall 2010 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park on February 11, 2010 in New York City. The people have spoken. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the five cohorts of ABC's daytime talk show The View, will not be returning to the couch next season, following hot on the footsteps of fellow cohost Joy Behar, a source tells Us Weekly. According to the source, the show's resident conservative voice is being ousted after market research revealed that she isn't popular with TV audiences. "The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing," the insider tells Us. "People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed." When reached for comment, a rep for the show told Us in a statement: "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of The View and has a long term contract." Hasselbeck, 35, joined the cast of the

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