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Walters: Conservative Hasselbeck staying on ‘The View’

No need to say goodbye to Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She’s staying put as a co-host of “The View” despite reports on the Web claiming otherwise.

Series co-creator Barbara Walters called the story of Hasselbeck’s ouster “particularly false” on the March 11 edition of the ABC daytime talk show. Walters says that “we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave.”

She also denied reports that Hasselbeck has lost favor with “The View” for her conservative political stances, something Walters says “we value and appreciate.”

A number of blogs and news outlets, including HuffingtonPost.com and USweekly.com, reported beginning March 8 and through the weekend that Hasselbeck was fired from the show because market research showed the audience didn’t care for her conservative perspective.

Hasselbeck has been on “The View” for a decade.

Joy Behar, however, will exit the show in August. Behar was among the first co-hosts with Walters when “The View” debuted in 1997. She announced her planned departure last week.

Besides Walters and Hasselbeck, the remaining panel includes Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.