On the heels of Joy Behar’s announcement, that after 16 ½ years, she will not be renewing her contract on the The View, it now appears that Elisabeth Hasselbeck will also be exiting the show, but unlike Joy, the choice was not hers.
US Weekly’s breaking story, “Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving The View after 9 years, viewers found her “Too extreme and right wing.” US Weekly also reports that, “People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday that her contract would not be renewed.” This statement seems like an odd one, considering Elisabeth has been on The View for almost 10 years now, and her “view” has never changed.
ABC released a statement to USA Today that, “Elisabeth Haselbeck is a valued member of The View and has a long contract,” again, sounds confusing, and what are they really saying, or not saying.
Barbara Walters originally developed this show format because she said she wanted to have 4 women from different walks of life, and different “views”, which is why she named the show, The View. Ironically, it now seems that the reason for Elisabeth’s departure is due to her different point of view!
In our society today, it’s apparent that every time a celebrity, sports figure, or someone in politics begins to speak about, or live their life from a Christian or Bible based stand, they are branded as "too extreme," or "ultra conservative." Going along with the crowd or popular public opinion has always been easy, but does it make it right?
This isn’t about liking or not liking Elisabeth, or even whether you agree or disagree with her, what it should be about is remembering who you are as an individual and where you stand with God.
Living with God, being first and foremost in your life may not be popular, and sometimes not always easy, but remember the words from Matthew 16:26, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
Which will you choose, popular opinion or your soul?