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.
“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."
The newspaper adds that Joy Behar was forced to resign, although producers agreed to let her exit gracefully.
But once news leaked of Hasselbeck's upcoming dismissal, Walters was "spitting mad" and called it off. Still, her announcement will simply delay the inevitable.
Hasselbeck may be coaxed to leave before her deal is even up next year, the article alleges "because the ABC brass believes the show needs to be younged-up fast."
Among those under consideration to takeover? Brooke Shields, Christie Brinkley and Ali Wentworth. Expect a drawn-out testing process for each potential co-host.
If she really is leaving, will you miss Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View?