Rumors surfaced that Elisabeth Hasselback would be fired from “The View” for being overly right-wing conservative, and "The View" co-owner Barbara Walters has called the rumors “a particularly false story.” Walters and Hasselback entered the set of “The View” Monday arm in arm. Barbara Walters looked at the cameras and said reports that Elisabeth Hasselback’s opposing political views were not forcing her removal from the talk show, PEOPLE reported on March 11.
“We love Elisabeth,” Barbara said and was quick to say that the other co-hosts appreciate her political differences as well.
Though she was not specific, Walters suggested that Hasselback may be leaving “The View,” but that if she does, it is by Elisabeth’s choice and not because she has been fired.
Elisabeth Hasselback, who originally charmed viewers on “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” joined “The View” in November 2003 after a guest-hosting gig after Lisa Ling’s departure. Hasselback has often clashed with her co-hosts’ views, usually because of her conservative politics. In 2007 Elisabeth and then co-host Rosie O’Donnell disagreed over the war in Iraq, and Barbara Walters and Hasselback have often disagreed on world and national issues.
The former Elisabeth Filarski married college sweetheart former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselback in 2002. Elisabeth and Tim Hasselback have three children, Grace Elisabeth, 7, Thomas, 5, and Isaiah, 3. Hasselback, who suffers from celiac disease, is a best-selling author of “The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide.”
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