(NEW YORK) — Now that Joy Behar has announced she’s leaving The View, will Elisabeth Hasselbeck follow in her footsteps?
A publicist for The View tells ABC News Radio, “Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of The View and has a long-term contract.” That statement is in response to reports on Friday that claimed the conservative co-host’s contract was not renewed for next season.
In one of those online reports, a source tells Us Weekly that Hasselbeck is being let go after market research concluded that she just isn’t popular with television audiences.
The source says, “The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing. People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed.”
Furthermore, sources tell ShowBiz411.com that Brooke Shields will likely join the cast of The View. Sources explain that the actress is a Princeton graduate, articulate and a 47-year-old mom, which makes her a perfect fit for the show.
Hasselbeck, a former Survivor contestant, joined The View in November 2003.
Last Thursday, Behar announced she was exiting The View after more than 16 years. The 70-year-old says she plans to explore other opportunities. Behar currently hosts Joy Behar: Say Anything! on Current TV.
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications
Sandra Gonzalez, CNN