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Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on her way out of The View.

Forget the show of support from Barbara Walters last week, an insider tells The New York Post that this blonde conservative will not return to the talk show once her contract is up.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck in Red

“ABC is desperate to freshen the show," a source tells the newspaper. "Ratings are going soft, and research numbers on the stars’ likability are scaring network execs."

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Sorry, Brooke Shields.

You may need to keep your forthcoming opinions to yourself.

With the Internet seeming to confirm that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was leaving The View and Shields was taking over for the ousted panelist, Barbara Walters put an end to that chatter this morning on the ABC talk show.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Whoopi and Babs

“We love Elisabeth,” she said. “We value and appreciate her point of view. It helps give the show perspective. We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show.”

Joy Behar, however, is definitely on the way out this summer, a decision arrived at by the comedian herself and which Walters described on air as "bittersweet."

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck is out.

Might Brooke Shields be in?

With The View set to undergo some serious changes - neither Hasselback nor Joy Behar will return next season - sources tell Showbiz 411 that this beautiful actress is set to join the ABC talk show panel.

Brooke Shields Photograph

Barbara Walters is apparently a huge fan of Shields because she's the right age (47), is a Princeton graduate and is also a mother.

Shields will play a significant role this spring on Army Wives Season 7. But will she play a welcome role on The View?

Are you in favor of Brooke Shields as a new cast member?

 

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The View from ABC will look very different this fall.

A day after Joy Behar announced she is leaving the talk show, sources confirm that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is also on her way out. But for different, non-voluntary reasons.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View

The network has apparently chosen not to renew the conservative blonde's contract because of her polarizing political views.

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Joy Behar is leaving The View after 16 years on the ABC daytime gab-fest.

The 70-year-old's contract is up in August and she has reportedly informed the network that she will not renew it as she moves on to other endeavors.

Joy Behar Photo

As of now, Joy Behar is the last original View cast members other than co-creator/executive producer Barbara Walters who is still on the panel.

“It seemed like the right time,” Behar told Deadline.

“You reach a point when you say, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things I want to do. I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View had some harsh words for Chris Brown's vulgar Twitter rant against Jenny Johnson, likening his comments to "verbal rape."

"I think it's disgusting, first of all," she said. "But also, it seems like verbal rape to me."

"And I think at some point there's gotta be a point where Twitter should ban anyone who writes anything forever on there and you should identify yourself."

Co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg, while acknowledging that Brown's comments were extreme, emphasized that Jenny Johnson was also to blame.

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From leading the free world at the United Nations General Assembly to leading a political discussion on The View, President Barack Obama had quite an eventful day.

He and First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with the ABC show's panel today and contrasted his and challenger Mitt Romney's differing views on tax policy:

This is an election year? Who knew. The ladies of The View also asked he thinks the country would fare if Republican opponent Romney were actually elected.

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Kim Kardashian was a guest on The View this afternoon.

Sorry, the NEW and IMPROVED Kim Kardashian, we should say, as the reality star responded to questions about her divorce from Kris Humphries by rattling on about how she's changed SO much since that relationship and how she now values the "small things" in life, such as "time."

What about Kanye West?

Kardashian said she hopes she is now in a "permanent relationship" with the rapper who appreciates her porn career and explained her recent gift to him of a Lamborghini by explaining:

"He’s been there to support me through so much. It’s not about all the material things and I really thought he should have it."

Wait... what? Even for someone who thinks a reality star deserves a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that quotes makes no sense.

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Rielle Hunter was eviscerated on The View yesterday as the gabfest panel, in particular Whoopi Goldberg, went nuclear on John Edwards' mistress.

"In your book, you trash a dead lady," Goldberg stated, referring to Rielle Hunter's new tell-all book, in which she bashes Elizabeth Edwards often.

"That was kind of crappy."

Regarding What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me, the author responded, "I wrote to tell the truth. I was truthful about their dynamic."

In the interview, Hunter acknowledged that despite recent photos of the happy family on a North Carolina beach, she broke up with John Edwards.

Asked if the split was caused by her memoir, Rielle dodged. "I don't want to hide any more," she said. "It's hard under media scrutiny, it takes a toll."

The mother of Edwards' love child spent a good part of the interview defending herself. "I'm not a mistress, I'm a mom," Rielle Hunter insisted.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck wasn't buying it: "Truth be told, you were a mistress." 

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Joy Behar is not leaving ABC's The View, at least not yet, despite reports of her imminent departure ... but she will anchor a new show on Current TV.

Behar will co-host a 6 p.m. talk show Monday through Thursday starting in September for the low-rated outlet founded by former V.P. Al Gore.

The program will repeat in prime time. As a dry run of sorts, Behar will guest-host for the vacationing Eliot Spitzer next week on Current’s Viewpoint.

Joy Behar Photo

In a statement yesterday, Al Gore called Behar “a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about.”

Well, sometimes. HLN last year axed The Joy Behar Show due to low ratings.

At least in this case, things are almost guaranteed to work out better for Joy and Current than when the network brought on Keith Olbermann.

Current hired the outspoken ex-MSNBC host to great fanfare and a high salary, then fired Olbermann after he warred with executives over technical issues, his work schedule and assorted other issues, which he's suing them over.

See Joy? The bar has been set unbelievably low for you.

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