View Boss Barbara Walters Denies Hasselbeck 'False' Departure Buzz, Insists 'We Love Elisabeth'

viewElisabeth Hasselbeck will not be joining Joy Behar out the exit door at The View.

Exec producer and co-host Barbara Walters denied the widely-circulated report at the top of Monday’s show.

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“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,” said Walters. “The truth is, we love Elisabeth [and] we value and appreciate her point of view. She helps give this show perspective and balance… We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show.”

Walter’s, meanwhile, called Behar’s decision to leave the long-running ABC gabfest this summer “bittersweet,” noting, “Joy and I started this show together.”

Behar went on to cheekily count down her top 10 reasons for quitting her day job. Our two faves: “ABC won’t let me drink on the air like Hoda and Kathie Lee,” and “The contact high from sitting next to Whoopi is giving me the munchies.”

Thoughts? Are you relieved or disappointed that Elisabeth is staying put? Cast your vote in the comments below!