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Barbara Walters Says Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Staying on The View

THE VIEW - Actor Bradley Cooper was the guest today, January 8, 2012, on "The View."  "The View" airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Despite an Us Weekly report and some serious speculation about her replacement, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not leaving The View, according to Barbara Walters. "There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth's alleged departure, saying we don't approve of her conservative views," she announced on The View this morning. "We love Elisabeth … we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show." Then she added: "Having said that to all of you, Bill [Geddie The View's producer] and I have always said that when one of you makes the choice to leave," it's up to the panelist in question. So if Hasselbeck should decide to leave voluntarily in a few weeks, it's totally okay with Barbara. You heard it on national television. 

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