Elisabeth Hasselbeck: 'I'm not leaving 'The View' '
"I am not going anywhere," she told her co-hosts when asked directly if she was staying.
Rumors to the contrary began circulating last month as the morning show's "Hot Topics" segment brought about increasingly heated arguments between the right-leaning Hasselbeck and the other women over this year's presidential election. (Two weeks ago, however, both Hasselbeck's agent Babette Perry and ABC refuted talk of her leaving.)
Hasselbeck herself addressed the gossip in the first 15 minutes of Friday's show -- and slammed Fox News' Ann Coulter at the same time.
During a discussion about a study saying blonds in fact do have more fun, Joy Behar interjected the idea that all Republicans are blonds and predicted that if Sen. John McCain won the election, his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, would also go blond.
"If they win, she'll be blond, believe me. And if she loses, she'll be blond and have a job on Fox TV because they're all blond over there ... Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Elisabeth Hasselbeck."
At which point Hasselbeck cut in: "Whoa, whoa, whoa, please don't put me in the same sentence as Ann Coulter, thank you very much."
Whoopi Goldberg then asked Hasselbeck directly to clear things up: "Are you going anywhere?"
"I'm not going anywhere -- except to get my highlights fixed. I mean look, I love Fox, I'm staying here," she said while being hugged by co-host Sherri Shepherd. "I am not leaving 'The View.' I certainly love my ladies here. I am not going anywhere."
As if to prove the point that the co-hosts can spar and still get along, Behar said she had gone to see the soon-to-be-released Oliver Stone film, "W.," calling it "an indictment against George W. Bush."
"It's fabulous," Behar said. "And it's incredible how close George Bush and Sarah Palin are. Just sayin'.'"
"Oh, God. Can we please talk about this before I puke?" Hasselbeck started.
Goldberg instead threw to commercial.
-- Denise Martin
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