Saturday, April 13, 2024

Hasselbeck Hustled Off “The View”: Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?


I’m no fan of Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But her departure from “The View” on Wednesday was really a matter of “Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?” ABC announced that she was leaving at 7pm on Tuesday, well after every deadline had passed and when most web reporters on the East Coast thought they were done for the day.

The next morning, Hasselbeck not only announced she was leaving “The View” for Fox, but was leaving at that very moment. It was mid week, mid month, and right in the middle of sweeps. Couldn’t they have had her finish out July? The show goes ‘dark’ until Labor on July 31st.

But Hasselbeck’s exit was long in coming. I told you in March that she was out when Joy Behar announced she, too, was going from “The View.” When the news about Hasselbeck broke, Barbara Walters announced on the show that it wasn’t true, sort of. She said if her co-hosts wanted to leave they could, and they would announce it in their own time.

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I can tell you that the people with “The View” have been waiting patiently for Hasselbeck to make her own announcement. And when she did, they didn’t hesitate to remove her right away. Watching her farewell speech was astonishing. In a way, it was worse than Ann Curry’s infamous exit from “Today.” The look on Bill Geddie’s face was priceless. And I did love Hasselbeck calling Sherri Shepherd “my sister in Christ.” Shepherd hadn’t even bothered to come in that day.

And as far as Barbara Walters saying they were going to “take their time” replacing Hasselbeck: both Brooke Shields and Jenny McCarthy have been under consideration since March. There won’t be empty seats at the desk when “The View” returns in September.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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