Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving

Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving
Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving, Joy Behar announced Thursday that she was exiting the show after 16 years, and now Deadline.com and The Hollywood Reporter are both reporting that Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be the next to go. Us Weekly, who first broke the Hasselbeck news, notes that her ousting came after a market research revealed that she was too conservative for TV audiences.

"The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing," an insider says. "People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed."

Liberals, don't start celebrating just yet. An ABC spokesperson tells Yahoo! TV: "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of 'The View' and has a long-term contract."

Hmmm … that's not entirely a denial. We all know that long-term contracts can be broken (for a price).

So far, it seems that Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sherri Shepherd are staying put. But that means there are one or maybe two seats up for grabs.

Here are a few people we would like to see come on the show:

Oprah: Sure, this is a stretch, since the queen of TV is finding her own success with OWN, but we can dream, right?

Gayle King: Since Oprah is never going to happen, why not go for her BFF?

Joan Rivers: The "Fashion Police" host would bring the right amount of sass to the panel. She can be serious at times, too, right?

Tina Fey: We don't see the former "30 Rock" star enough. Sure, she is juggling a movie career now, but Babs only pops in every once in a while. A little Tina would go a long way.

Stacey Dash: The "Clueless" actress made headlines last year when she endorsed Mitt Romney. We should have some political diversity on the panel.

Rosie O'Donnell: Who better to possibly replace Hasselbeck than one of her infamous targets? O'Donnell left the show after getting in a heated blowout in 2007 with Hasselback over the war in Iraq.
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