*Barbara Walters is expected to clear up rumors surrounding the reported exits of two longtime co-hosts during Monday’s broadcast of “The View.”
Last week, co-host Joy Behar confirmed reports that she will leave the show after her contract expires in August. The following day, US Weekly revealed that co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was getting the boot. The magazine cited unnamed sources who said market research showed that Hasselbeck’s conservative views were pushing audience members away. Rumors circulated that Walters’ future with the show was also questionable.
Over the weekend, the rumor mill continued to churn and multiple outlets reported that actor Brooke Shields was speculated to possibly replace Behar or Hasselbeck. Shields guest-hosted the show while Walters was out for a couple of weeks after the ABC News veteran caught chicken pox from Frank Langella.
The New York Post reported on Monday that Walters will “make it official” that Hasselbeck is leaving the daytime talk show. “All will be addressed on tomorrow’s show,” a ‘View’ spokesman said in an email to the Post on Sunday.
Meanwhile, “Good Morning America” co-host Lara Spencer told audiences that Walters would “clear up her intentions” on Monday’s show.