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Say goodbye to extreme conservative views and occasional catfights because Elisabeth Hasselbeck has left The View. Today was the co-host’s last day alongside Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.
The conservative confirmed that she is leaving the ABC talk show to be a co-host on Fox & Friends in mid-September and had a very emotional day as she said her goodbyes and thank yous to her co-hosts and the production crew during her final show.
"Barbara, I did the math last night and I think I've had over 3,000 days working by your side, and I think it's fair to say that, over the course of a decade, I feel as though I've attended the Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting and Journalism," she said. "Truly, because of all you have taught me, I was prepared to interview political candidates, I was prepared to interview President Barack Obama for the fourth time. I feel more than prepared, at this point, because of all you've given me to move forward. I can't ask for a better leader and a mentor."
"I want to leave you with this: Thank you for everyone out there who has been watching. I wasn't the first person to sit in this chair. I certainly won't be the last person to sit in this chair. The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary, and I wholeheartedly wish the next person or co-host that sits here an extraordinary set of years of their own to come."
Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes also confirmed the news that she will be joining Fox & Friends in a press release on July 9. "Elisabeth's warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View," he said. "She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise.
Hasselbeck’s departure doesn’t come as too much of a shock since Us Weekly reported in March that market research revealed she isn’t popular with audiences.
"The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing," an insider told Us Weekly. "People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed." Those claims were denied at the time.
It’s understandable why viewers would oust the co-host for her right-wing views. Who could forget Hasselbeck’s biggest rival, Rosie O’Donnell, and their heated, and we mean heated, arguments about politics.
But although Hasselbeck hasn’t faired well with audiences, aren't these clashes what drive viewers in? After all, who doesn’t love to watch live drama unfold right before their eyes? That's why reality shows have practically taken over networks and the attention of viewers over the years.
Despite this, it doesn’t look like The View will be replacing Hasselbeck with another opinionated conservative.
According to Us Weekly, frequent guest Jenny McCarthy is in serious talks to replace Behar, who announced her departure after this season, while an insider reveals that Brooke Shields may replace Hasselbeck.
If true, The View will be debuting a more comical and sassy show with less fights and more laughs, which may be just what the show needs after 10 years of arguing. But wouldn't that completely change the whole idea of different viewpoints that this show was supposed to be about?
Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.