Barbara Walters Says Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Staying on The View

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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.