The View’s token conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck may be leaving the show for an anchor position on right-leaning news staple Fox News. Last week we reported on a story from the National Enquirer that claimed that View co-producer and co-founder Barbara Walters was fed up with Elisabeth’s emotional outbursts on the show and told if she couldn’t cut it out she should look for another job. Elisabeth may have done just that and is said to be considering an anchor position that was offered by Fox News:
After repeated confrontations with Barbara Walters and her co-hosts on “The View,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck is plotting her exit strategy from the show.
The Enquirer has learned exclusively that Fox News has offered Elisabeth, who’s an ardent Republican, an anchor spot – and the 31 year-old mother of two is seriously considering taking the job.
“Elisabeth is just as tired of the ladies at ‘The View’ as they are of her! She feels she constantly has to defend herself,” a show insider revealed.
“Besides that, when she gets passionate about her opinions, the others make her look like she’s hysterical. But when she doesn’t talk enough, she’s accused of ‘pouting’…
“Elisabeth feels she can’t win at ‘The View,’ but she’s been told by friends at Fox News that they’d find a spot for her without hesitation,” said the insider.
[From The National Enquirer, print edition, September 28, 2008]
While The View would seem more balanced if they added at least two conservative panelists who are more informed and measured than Elisabeth, it won’t do much for ratings. More people tune in to see controversy and it stirs up buzz. Elisabeth is probably sick of trying to make her opinion be heard on the show and it seems to be taking a toll on her. A lot of people say she’s too emotional and gets upset too easily when trying to wade against the political tide on that show. She’s probably ready to move on and I can see this happening.
Hasselbeck received some criticism for a thinly veiled comment she made at the Republican National Convention against Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama’s wife Michelle. She praised candidate McCain’s wife by cutting down Michelle Obama’s pre-show requests, and said “Cindy came into our hair and makeup room, fresh as can be, and unlike another wife of a political candidate who shall remain nameless, she didn’t come with a list of topics that we weren’t allowed to touch. Nope, that’s because she has nothing to hide.” It’s customary for guests on talkshows to state the terms of their appearance ahead of time, and producers and hosts aren’t supposed to disclose that to the public. You can bet Hasselbeck got a talking to by Walters afterwards.
The cast of The View is shown at a panel discussion at The Paley Center for Media in NY on 4/9/08. Credit: MLM/FamePictures