Remember when we talked about Joy Behar leaving The View and the rumor that Elisabeth was getting the axe? It was very strange that Elisabeth just sat there and said nothing during Barbara’s grand denial. Yesterday The New York Post ran a short story on Page Six claiming that Joy and Elisabeth were both to be fired. Joy apparently went with the moving on to other things (after 16 years at age 70) story and I sort of bought it, but Elisabeth seemed to be uncomfortably silent in a segment that was about her.
According to Page Six, The View was releasing both women from their contracts based on their likeability factors: “Dumping Joy Behar, who was there 16 years, and Hasselbeck would be the fastest way to do it, they decided. After giving Behar the bad news last week and letting her bow out gracefully, someone leaked the Hasselbeck thing. Some enemies she has on the show saw their chance to get back at her. Barbara was spitting mad that it got mishandled, and called off the firing over [last] weekend.”
While I don’t find it hard to believe that Barbara Walters would attempt to backstab her darling Elisabeth, I do find it hard to believe that Elisabeth is the least liked personality on the panel. Especially since Whoopi Goldberg is so openly hostile in “Hot Topics” towards the current events discussed that she often openly mocks the entire segment speaking in a put-on valley girl dialect that is highly annoying. It’s as if Whoopi openly broadcasts how much she hates the show on a daily basis. Page Six seems to indicate that the show is going after a younger demographic. That also makes no sense as in that time slot and with the current format it is a show targeted toward older despite the “mommy talk” and Elisabeth is the youngest view on the panel.
It should be interesting tomorrow to see if Barbara once again denies her plot to oust Elisabeth in order to bring in fresh blood. This must all be very uncomfortable for the entire panel. Perhaps Elisabeth will call in sick tomorrow.