As Rosie O’Donnell leaves, someone else is joining The View.
Co-host and Rosie combatant, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, announced this week that she and husband Tim are expecting their second child in November.
On Monday’s show, O’Donnell asked: “I was just wondering if there’s anything new, Elisabeth?”
“Um, just a couple things,” replied Hasselbeck, 29. “Like, I’m totally three months pregnant.”
Confetti then flew out of the studio ceiling, as Elisabeth joined Salma Hayek as a recently knocked up celebrity.
“I figured that we’re going to be lonely without you,” Hasselbeck said to O’Donnell. “So, Tim and I thought we should get busy and maybe make a little co-host.
Hasselbeck and her hubby, New York Giants quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, will celebrate their five-year anniversary in July. They welcomed their first child, Grace Elisabeth, on April 6, 2005 — Tim’s 27th birthday. As far as we know, unlike Dannielynn, Grace’s name won’t be changed any time soon.
As for her clashes over the year with O’Donnell, the politically conservative Hasselbeck has said many time they’re pals offstage:
“Politically, we’re rivals,” she said. “That is clear. However, we are personally friends. We are on e-mail all day long with each other.”
Hasselbeck, a onetime artist and accessories designer, made her TV debut in 2001 as a contestant on Survivor: The Australian Outback (she finished fourth). She went on to host the Style Network’s The Look for Less before replacing Lisa Ling on The View in 2003.