Elisabeth Hasselbeck has had her fair share of tense hours on "The View," but her last day wasn't one of them.
On Wednesday, Hasselbeck walked out with co-host Barbara Walters arm-in-arm, and began by confirming that she's leaving "The View" after 10 years to join Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" in September.
Yet in addition to thanking Fox News for opening up the opportunity, she also was profusely grateful to her co-hosts.
"Everyone always asks me, 'what's Whoopi like?'" Hasselbeck told her co-host Whoopi Goldberg. "You're one of the most talented artists on this planet, but when they ask me what you're like, yes you are that, but you're even more loving than you are talented. You are walking unconditional love ... and I'm blessed to have called myself a friend of yours."
Hasselbeck admitted that she and Joy Behar have frequently feuded, but she said that off-camera, the two were friends.
"Joy and I have spent the past ten years sparring over politics, but I have the most insane amount of respect for you," Hasselbeck told Behar.
Sherri Shepherd wasn't present during Hasselbeck's farewell, and she joked that Shepherd's "protest of absence is not working. I'm still going ... [but] I love you, Sherri. Even when you're not right beside me, you're always with me. You're my sister in Christ."
And to Barbara Walters, who will soon also depart the series she helped create, Hasselbeck thanked her for being a great teacher.
"I could be wrong, but I think I have over 3,000 days working by your side," she told Walters. "Over the course of a decade, I feel as though I've attended the Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting Journalism ... I feel more than prepared at this point because of all that you've given me, [and] confident to move forward. I can't ask for a better leader and mentor."
The ladies returned the love, complimenting Hasselbeck for standing by her opinions even when the debates became heated, and for being there for them as a friend.
"I have to say that I appreciated your presence a lot," Behar said. "When we got into it, it was exciting, for the show I think. We probably have enemies because of it, but so what? But we never were mad at each other. We'd finish the argument, and talk about our shoes or something. Elisabeth has always been professional. I'm glad to see that you're moving into a great job."
Goldberg chimed in to tell the new Fox News name that she thinks Hasselbeck is "the cat's meow. You've been a really good friend to me, and I appreciate you. And may we both continue to grow."
And from Shepherd, via Twitter: "Love you too my sister-in-Christ...My Bridesmaid...My Friend. Who's hand will I hold under the table? Who will pray w me? ... We may not always agree politically, but @ehasselbeck is one of the most genuine people I know & I am honored to call her my friend #love."
Hasselbeck joined "The View" after Lisa Ling left the program, and Walters, having hired the then-newlywed with a conservative perspective, was perhaps the most emotional about Hasselbeck's exit.
"I have a lot of affection for you," Walters told her. "We feel that you always brought a fresh voice to the show. You stood by your opinions even when things were very heated, and that's not an easy thing to do ... You're going to leave a big void at this table, and we're not going to fill this very soon."
The plan, Walters said, is to use plenty of guest hosts while the show tries to figure out who may step in to fill some of "The View's" empty seats. Joy Behar, too, is leaving at the end of this season, the show's 16th.
But for the time being - the rest of Wednesday's episode, at least - Hasselbeck was still a "View" co-host. "Come back to us, come visit whenever you feel like it," Walters said. "You're leaving us, and you're taking a lot of love with you. ... Remember when you’re with Fox, to take a little time to enjoy the 'View.'"
good, I can't stand her either.
Only way it could get worse is if they hire Katie Curic HAHAHAHA
Can't stand her. But atleast she was smart enough to get off of the worst TV sow ever !
Thank gawd!!! Its about time – thought it would never happen!!!!! Now, what about the rest of them??????
You can shove that toenail picture in your greasy fat mouth and chew it. YOU PIG.
OFF WE GO - I HAVE APPOINTMENTS - GOING OVER NEW POSITION IN SEPT.
HACKINGHOE@HOTMAIL.COM DAZ YOU
FCUK YOU AND YOUR FAT FINGER CONFESSION. You can stick in up your fat a-rse if you can manage to peel the huge flaps of skin apart. Ew the thought off it makes me sick. You are so gross.
She is so stupid, but you have to be to be a republican woman.
Don't forget you also need to have no soul.
Everyone is working on it
I hope this woman never comes back !!!!!!
I totally agree
Ding dong the witch is gone!!!! Finally!!!!
she will be fine at fox...she has a wonderful husband and kids who support her....excellent field reporter
bye liz–sorry they let you go
Goodbye you squiggly B*t*h have fun getting fired from Fox!
But what will The View dynamic be like now? A whole lot of partisan high-fives and full agreement on every subject? How friggin boring. The catty debates were the only reasons for me to watch. Too bad Rosie finked out, because that was some of the best moments in the entire life of the show.
Your mother hates you
your inlaws hate you
FAT RAT HACK
Your father hates you
PRINT AND FILE– NOBODY AUTHORIZED HER TOO PUT HER FAT FINGERS INTO THE MACHINE AND DO IT...NOBODY GAVE HER A CONTRACT STATING SHE COULD DISABLE WHEN SHE FEELS LIKED IT...FAT RAT HO
Hi – next time, try the almond flavored medicine please
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except he has yellow jlzz and hates women
One of these things is not like the others
Yeah, she is leaving. Now I can start watching again.
She is a beautiful white woman, Kathy. Shut your own rodent face.
Good riddance rodent face.
So Faux News is getting rid of one dumb blonde and replacing her with another.
Is this really news?
After everything we have reviewed about her own past we have determined she is no position to judge anyone...
overnight studies shows she is like everyone else – according too our overnight studies her history is huge.
is the whole show she is able too prove how black women can be successful make tons of money and survive racism.
we have so many people who are racist and we need too respect this woman for all her work along with nicki, oprah and all the black entertainers that have showed up what talents they are....quincy jones love him too
The view is a very good show we are glad whoopee was able too bring the ratings up in time of need.
I will miss the way she would hike up her skirt on occasion and flash her hoo-haw.
"The View:" is still on the air?
Now here is something funny. FOX News is wholly owned by News Corp.
News Corp's second largest stockholder is Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia.
Fox is owned by Arab Muslims.
One shining bright light and four embittered haggard fountains of correctly-indoctrinated drivel. Who would watch the predictable mindless lib talking points show? The sheeple who need to be told what their lib opinion should be, which is why the show is so popular in New England.
Historians now agree that the south lost the civil war because generations of inbreeding resulted in an abnormally high number of mentally challenged soldiers in the confederate army. Also, physical deformaties such as webbed feet prevented the confederates from running from the northern army, thus insuring their capture and defeat. One has only to take a casual drive south of the Mason-Dixon line to see the descendants of the confederate forces, easily recognizable by their lack of teeth and sloping foreheads and propensity to watch Fox Lies.
She is the typical ultra-conservative right-wing type who believes every word out of the Tea Party and Republican Party and Fox News. She's been drinking the Kool Aid far too long. The View will be far better off without her.
Love your comment! So true. Elizabeth, (yes she has a name), will be missed, as she was the ONLY one who wasn't a flaming liberal. The show is so weighted in one direction that it was like a free for all when E. would try to give an opinion. She stuck up for what she thought, though, and I admired that: a brave woman! Hope she loves her new job!!! It should be interesting to see if they even come close to ever having anyone who would stand up for traditional values and smaller government.
Last night I dreamt we lived in a Palin free world. And then I woke up...
The amount of ignorance that precipitates a comment like this has to be disproportionate to what most humans could hold in the size brain they possess. I am wondering where you got the prejudicial beliefs you hold, if you are even close to being serious here. Do you really think that anyone would believe that you could be serious? I am wondering whether to laugh or just be amazed at the ignorance displayed by your insulting comments. When you have learned to display respect toward those who don't agree with you politically, and are able to discuss issues, and not "throw stones", you might consider that you have grown up. I hesitate to ask how old you are, because your chronological age seems to have nothing to do with your level of maturity. I imagine that you are now creating a fresh group of insults to fling at me, but just know: it will have no effect. Only reasonable arguments concerning issues are worth listening to, so unless you present some of those, don't expect any listening ear from my direction.
Bingo! Right. Where. She. Belongs. I wonder how Roger tasted on his comfy couch? Did Palin get up to make room for Miss Lizzy? Fox News. Where the little, narrow minds of blonds with stilletos go to wear their v-neck sweaters to keep the blood pumping through the veins of the old, male, pale and stale. You've finally made it honey! Timmy must be so proud! Onward Christian soldiers...............
Guess what, LB,
You are just spouting what you hear from the ultra-liberal media who control all but FOX. Just because you and other liberals are louder, ruder, and abrasive toward huge groups of people who are not all the same doesn't mean the rest of us believe you or that you are correct. How do you like being lumped together with every liberal, no matter what they think, like you are doing to the conservatives? I, being a conservative, happen to know that we are not all alike and don't like being thought so. There are some conservatives that I would be proud to be compared to, and some that I would stay as far from as possible. If you don't want people to be biased against you and label you, then don't do it to others. We're sick of it!
the show's rating issue is going on for 12 yrs ....
Can she be that jealous that she scripts blogs from looking at you?
In other words....your mom.
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