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Barbara Walters: Elisabeth Hasselbeck NOT Being Forced Out At The View (VIDEO)

By Shari Weiss

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Barbara Walters says Elisabeth Hasselbeck is staying on “The View” — for now.

As Gossip Cop previously reported, Hasselbeck’s exit was rumored last week, shortly after co-host Joy Behar announced she was leaving the show.

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But after addressing Behar’s upcoming farewell at the start of Monday’s broadcast, Walters denied that Hasselbeck is being forced out of her seat on the panel.

“There is a particularly false story that is getting picked up about Elisabeth’s alleged departure, saying we don’t approve of her conservative views,” Walters began.

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She continued, “The truth is we love Elisabeth. I like her personally, and she’s a wonderful person. But beyond that, we value and appreciate her point of view. It’s important to us, because Elisabeth helps give the show perspective and balance. And believe me, she’s tougher than she looks.”

“We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show,” declared Walters.

She explained, “[Executive producer] Bill [Geddie] and I have always said that when one of you makes the choice to leave, that is your choice, and we will support your decision.”

Check out the video below, and tell us: Do you think Hasselbeck is going to stay with “The View”?.

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