The people have spoken. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the five cohorts of ABC’s daytime talk show The View, will not be returning to the couch next season, following hot on the footsteps of fellow cohost Joy Behar, a source tells Us Weekly.
According to the source, the show’s resident conservative voice is being ousted after market research revealed that she isn’t popular with TV audiences.
“The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing,” the insider tells Us.
“People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed.”
ABC released a statement saying only that Hasselbeck “is a valued member of ‘The View’ and has a long-term contract.”
The celeb site says Hasselbeck was told: “People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed.”
Her agent did not return calls for comment on the reports.
Co-host Joy Behar, 70, said Thursday she’s leaving the show in August after more than 16 years.
“You can’t stay forever on a show,” she told Good Morning America.
“I am graciously exiting stage left. I’ve put in 16 1/2 years and felt the time was right. I want to explore other opportunities.”
Adds the source to Us: “Joy says it just felt … tired and like work. She was over it.”
Behar has been with the talk show since its inception in 1997, and currently hosts Joy Behar: Say Anything! on Current TV, says the Us Magazine.
Hasselbeck, 35, joined the cast of the daytime talk show in November 2003 after guest-hosting following Lisa Ling’s departure in 2002.
Hasselbeck and Behar host the show alongside veteran TV journalist Barbara Walters, actress Whoopi Goldberg and actress-comedienne Sherri Shepherd.
If Hasselbeck’s conservatism is a problem with audiences, it would appear to be a relatively new one; she has been on the show for nearly ten years, and “The View” has maintained its ratings success.
Hasselbeck’s departure would mean that “The View” is suddenly without two of its longest-running hosts.
The show has had the same cast since 2007, when it brought in Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd to replace Rosie O’Donnell and Star Jones.
Hasselbeck’s exit would also leave the show without one of its main sources of conflict; her political arguments with Goldberg and Behar — and, before them, O’Donnell — have long been a key feature, reports the Huff Post.
Throughout the course of her time on The View, she has gotten into numerous arguments with her cohosts, including a heated argument with Rosie O’Donnell in 2007 over the War in Afghanistan and with Barbara Walters over Mitt Romney in 2012
Hasselbeck, who is married to former pro football quarterback and ESPN commentator Tim Hasselbeck, began her television career as a contestant on the CBS reality series “Survivor” in 2001.