To the fans of the "View" the reports of major panel changes are untrue. Only Joy is departing. On Monday morning, the co-hosts weighed in on the announced departure of Joy Behar at the end of the season, and the rumored departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
TVNewser reported on Friday that two separate sources said that this season would be Hasselbeck's last as co-host. Monday, after toasting Behar, Barbara Walters said "we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show."
Another report claims that the denial is part of a strategy to "save face" for both Hasselbeck and the series. Producers are "just leaving the door open for Elisabeth to announce she is leaving on her own when she is ready," the insider explains. "They don't want to make her look bad and don't want to make the show look bad for canning her... They just want to make it seem like Elisabeth decided to leave on her own when the announcement comes."