Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Tearful Farewell to The View (VIDEO)

Today marked the end of an era of split screen screaming matches and heated, political battles for ABC Daytime's The View. After 10 years as a co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck made her final appearance.

On Tuesday it was announced the mother of three was heading over to Fox & Friends in September. Hasselbeck took her seat at the coffee table for the last time and remarked to the audience and viewers at home:

"The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary." 

Joy Behar, who is also departing the ABC talk show in November, cracked:

Fox, gee, won't you be a fish out of water there?

Watch Hasselbeck's swan song after the jump!

42 Responses

  1. Profile photo of keanna

    Saw the show earlier, I think you did see what you really don’t see is that there is mutual respect and admiration between the women.

    Like I said, I like and respect Elisabeth a lot even though her political views are different from mine.

    With that being said, she should fit in at Fox News, just fine.

    The show needs a reboot, and they need to fill her seat with a young, single or married with no kids, maybe even a Hispanic woman.

    No gluten-free cake, champagne, her last day was today, while Barbara’s a year in advance and Joy, we found out months ago.

    Things that make you go hmm.

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    I know many here will not miss EH but I will miss her Conservative view from all of the other Liberals. Perhaps they will be trying not to talk about politics with the new folks whomever they may be.

    Hello Fox & Friends!

  3. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    [quote=ktuc]Perhaps they will be trying not to talk about politics with the new folks whomever they may be.[/quote]

    I hope not. I would hate to see The View turn into the overly-rehearsed, say-anything-for-an-applause-break predictable show that The Talk has become.

  4. Profile photo of pferrando

    The View had become too political over the years anyway, which is probably why you are seeing the Talk’s ratings rise, while the View’s have fallen.

    She’ll fit in nicely with the rest of them on that network. Bleh.

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    TV Gord

    The View has always been political. That’s why it’s called The View. (Last time I checked, The View’s ratings were still higher than The Talk’s, not that that matters. Ratings do not equal quality.)

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    TV Gord, yes you’re right, but in the beginning it was more soft political show, and yes they did talk politics but it didn’t dominate the show, it’s been in recent years that it became politically dominated. And it’s turning people off. Hence why Elisabeth and Joy were let go.

    Actually, pferrando is right, the View’s ratings are down 20% while the Talk is up by the same number. The Talk leans more on the entertaining side like the View used to be.

    The show needs an overhaul and ABC is making it happen.

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    Joy got one last jab at her, even on her last show lol. To go to faux news does not sound like a step up. She was let go and that is the only other choice.

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    TV Gord

    While The View’s ratings are down and The Talk’s are up, The View’s are still higher than The Talk’s. At least, they were the last time a comparison could be made (they don’t release ratings on a consistent basis for these shows).

    I watch both shows, but I still prefer The View because it’s more spontaneous and less fake. If that’s what people are leaning toward, that’s fine. I just wish The Talk stayed closer to the original premise that Sara Gilbert created. It’s nowhere near as thought-provoking as it originally was, and it’s becoming the video equivalent of reading the Enquirer or the Weekly World News.

  9. Profile photo of Dyllan

    In my opinion, going to FOXNews would be a step up for her. She will probably get paid a shitload. Plus, it’s not like she is going to Current TV or CNN or some other second rate cable channel.

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    ABC/Disney is frugal, so it would not surprise me in the least that Babs (leaving in 2014), Joy and Elisabeth were told to move on in order to save some $$$$.

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    TV Gord

    [quote=liason4real]ABC/Disney is frugal, so it would not surprise me in the least that Babs (leaving in 2014), Joy and Elisabeth were told to move on in order to save some $$$$.[/quote]

    I’m sure that’s a part of it.

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    [quote=TV Gord]I watch both shows, but I still prefer The View because it’s more spontaneous and less fake. [/quote]

    I find the View to be incredibly phoney and fake. Not to mention none of the women left are even educated. But I do agree with you that the talk should have stuck with their original premise.

  13. Profile photo of pferrando

    The ratings decline is what drove the change.

    ABC hasn’t had much of a track record with revamping their Daytime lineup, so it’ll be interesting to see after all the guest hosts, who they pick.

    In any event, they were in trouble, and the show stunk it up for some time now.

  14. Profile photo of Dyllan

    [quote]I’ll say one thing about Elisabeth (even if it’s not saying much); she’s a lot more tolerable than Gretchen Carlson.[/quote]
    Even though I’m not a regular viewer of Fox and Friends, what’s wrong Gretchen Carlson besides the bad haircut? IMO, she’s not a moron (went to Stanford), but rather blah.

  15. Profile photo of Thankulord13

    Fake News is not a step up, anytime your show is the butt if jokes on Comedy Centrals nightly fake news programs because of the stupid things the hosts say, that is not a move up. Plus The Views ratings are way higher than Fake and Friends!

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    @everyone: Last time I checked Fox News is the #1 rated cable news channel. It has been that way for years. Going there where she will get PAID.I MEAN PAID! Is sure a step-up from any other cable network.

    In fact Fox New’s business model caused the other cable network news channels to totally change theirs.

    Unlike MSNBC where Melissa Harris Perry became the butt of jokes for saying “Your children belong to us!” Meaning the government.

  17. Profile photo of lfad

    [quote]Unlike MSNBC where Melissa Harris Perry became the butt of jokes for saying “Your children belong to us!” Meaning the government.[/quote]

    She never said that and I think people know it. Saying the whole community should help take care of children in need, including the government if necessary, is not the same as your kids belong to the government. But don’t let facts get in the way for a cheap shot.

    Well, I’ll go from hardly ever seeing her on The View to never watching her on Fox News.

  18. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    [quote=david46208…Melissa Harris Perry became the butt of jokes for saying “Your children belong to us!” Meaning the government.[/quote]

    Conservative talking point and umpteenth deliberate lie.

    It was pretty clear what she meant, except to those who are biased, drink the teabaggers’ nasty brew, and wickedly twist the words of anyone who doesn’t spout their harmful, divisive agenda.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll divulge that Melissa is an old school friend.

  19. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    David, you are sounding like the Alan Keyes of DC. :)

    You’ve seen enough of my posts over the last couple of years to know that I’m more of a moderate liberal than a foaming-at-the mouth ACLU member; but I truly believe that it is when conservatives are in charge that our individual liberties are most at risk.

  20. Profile photo of david46208

    @lfad & SoapArmageddon: The government outside of the supreme court is a burden on our lives. It takes my tax dollars without my consent to pay for programs that don’t even change things. I never went to public school and thank the Lord I did not.

    Welfare is the biggest government failure in history. And now I’m going to be forced to pay for a health care bill I don’t want. And we can’t afford. See, the government is taking away freedom. And that is no talking points. But its economic reality. But if it sounds good and makes people feel good they will go for whatever.

    But the liberals (and I don’t watch Fox News either) want to limit your free speech because they don’t like it. So I’m not with them on that either!

  21. Profile photo of david46208

    @SoapArmageddon: No, I am more like Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Michael Steele mixed into one. :) Not Alen Keyes.

    I would say that our liberties are at risk when either side is in charge. Liberals want to restrict our freedom of speech, our economic freedom as long as it feels good. They spend us into oblivion.

    Republicans, not conservatives don’t care much about our freedom from being spied on or other things like that. And will get us into a lot of wars. That was until Obama came into office. He’s been just as bad as Bush was when it comes to our civil liberties.

    I live in a liberal led state CA and our governor had to cut 20 billion dollars to get us out of the red. The liberals here were flaming mad that their Democrat governor had to cut most of the spending on social programs because the Democrat leaning government in Sacramento had increased spending on social programs so much without a way to pay for it and tax payers voted against several tax increases that they wanted to levy on us.

    Also the public unions in CA have dried us up. The liberals elected here are so in-bed with the Unions that they cut them deals that helped to bankrupt the state at the tax payers expense.

    But thanks for letting me know too that you are left of center Democrat. I’m a right of center libertarian-conservative.

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    Actually davey the biggest failure in U.S. history would be the war in Iraq because if the fact it was based of fallacies. Thousands of Americans did not need to die and up the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. I also live in California and yes Governor Brown cut the deficit which is good, that is what Bill Clinton did in the 1990’s and what Bush could not do in the 2000’s. Unions are not what caused California to go into the red it was the same thing that almost topple this country, greed! Dude if you are going to make your talking points please back them up and don’t make stuff up. Hasselbeck is leaving network T.V. To go to cable that is not a step up. Fake News is a joke and comparing Dr. Harris Perry to anyone on Fake News is like comparing any fourth grader to former president Bush. The fourth grader is light years ahead of that moron.

  23. Profile photo of kelley850

    The View should steer clear of politics because none of them know anything about politics. Elisabeth is a moron. She doesn’t know the meanings of liberal or conservative. She is a Republican shill who doesn’t know that the great Republicans throughout history were all liberals. I love how she calls herself a conservative, yet sounds an awful lot like a feminist. She even said that if her husband ever cheated on her, she’d get a divorce.

    Actually, it’s conservatives who restrict our freedom of speech, our economic freedom and spend us into oblivion. The last three presidents to balance the budget? Truman, LBJ, Clinton. The last president to pay the debt? Clinton.

    FOX News pays well because of all their billionaire investors, most notably Al-Waleed bin Talal. Elisabeth really had no choice but to join the other morons at FOX & Friends.

  24. Profile photo of Dyllan

    [quote]Actually, it’s conservatives who restrict our freedom of speech, our economic freedom and spend us into oblivion. The last three presidents to balance the budget? Truman, LBJ, Clinton. The last president to pay the debt? Clinton. [/quote]
    Say what? How on earth do Republicans want to restrict speech or economic freedom? That’s like the polar opposite of their party platform. They are the biggest advocates of lassiez faire economics and strongly oppose the fairness doctrine. IMO, in the last 20 years, the Democrats have become weaker advocates for freedom of speech.

    BTW, didn’t Eisenhower have a balanced budget? And who controlled Congress while Clinton was in office? Its not like US public policy exists in a vacuum where the Presidents single-handily control the policy agenda.

  25. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    Actually, I’m a registered Independent who just happens to find most Democratic politicians far more appealing than almost every Republican he’s ever seen or heard.

  26. Profile photo of david46208

    @Thankulord13: Let me provide you with a quote recently from a former Democratic insider. Also I said Public Employee Unions were part of the problem as well as social spending. Greed is what liberals use a shaming tactic to take other people’s money.

    Anyways, the former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown inadvertently spelled out the problem with THIS UNION in his regular Sunday Op-ed piece titled Willie’s World.

    Here is what he had to say on the subject.

    “If there’s one lesson coming out of the BART strike, it’s that public employee unions are in need of a major PR makeover.

    Get out and coach some Little League, start a toy drive–get the message out that you are giving something back.

    There was a time when unions drew their strength from their image as the guy next door.

    These days, here’s how the guy next door sees them: That’s the early retiree who has a nicer car than me, a boat in the driveway and a pension and health care plan beyond my dreams.

    It’s not hard to find cities in California that are in it deep, thanks to contracts they gave to unions that they’ve found impossible to live up to without cutting services that the public wants.

    So it was easy for BART management to hammer home its side of the argument: Operators and station agents average $62,000 a year in salaries, another $10,000 in overtime, a health care plan that cost employees just $92 a month for the whole family and a pension to which they don’t contribute a dime.

    Most people riding the trains don’t have that type of deal. Getting people to see the unions’ side, that it amounts to fair and honest compensation, is all but hopeless: Explaining how those benefits came to be practically requires a one-on-one conversation.

    So, don’t try. Instead of just contributing to politicians who will turn with the wind, get out there and sponsor a summer program for disadvantaged kids. You might win back some of the friends you’ve lost.”

    And here is another from several years ago from a public Employee Union:

    The average base pay for a Muni operator — those who drive buses, cable cars and light-rail vehicles — is roughly $60,000, which is determined by a City Charter mandate that says they must be among the top paid in the country.

    And Muni’s 2,350 operators are almost guaranteed a bevy of overtime pay. In calendar year 2009, 622 Muni operators raked in more than $80,000 in total pay, including 82 who brought home more than $100,000.

    More than 400 operators were paid overtime in excess of $20,000. One operator earned as much as $78,722 in overtime and brought home a total of $146,498 in pay last year. Seventeen operators earned more than $51,000 in overtime, contributing to more than $100,000 in take-home pay for the year, according to data obtained from the city controller.

    In addition to wages, The City pays employees’ pension contribution, which is 7.5 percent of wages. This fiscal year, it will cost $8.8 million, according to the City Controller’s Office. In fiscal year 2008-09, the transit agency spent $41.3 million on operators’ total fringe benefits, including retirement, Social Security, health and dental.

    Last week, the majority of Muni operators rejected a number of labor concessions — including an overtime giveback — that would have saved the transit agency $15 million in operating expenses during the next two fiscal years. Muni officials have said the labor savings would lessen the blow on commuters by minimizing some service cuts and proposed fare hikes.

    Among the concessions, operators would reportedly make a one-time contribution to their pension fund for a savings of about
    $9 million. The other would not have allowed drivers to start earning overtime pay until they clocked a 40-hour workweek.


    So anyone who says Unions are not part of the problem is living in a dream world.

  27. Profile photo of pferrando

    Good to know that the Foxies can all stick together on one network so those of us with our own brain don’t have to see them on the other news channels.


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