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Elisabeth Hasselbeck likes 'The View' just fine

October 2, 2008 |  3:18 pm

Eh_bw_k2o6tsnc_400 No way, no how: Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not leaving the "The View."

The day after "The View" co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters got into a little tussle over Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's qualifications to be president of the United States, Hasselbeck's "people" issued an official statement assuring that Hasselbeck is not leaving to join Fox News.

"While Elisabeth has a great relationship with Fox News, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that she is leaving "The View," said IMG agent Babette Perry, who represents Hasselbeck.  "Elisabeth is passionate in her beliefs and enjoys being a part of this dynamic group of women and engaging in daily conversations. "

ABC also issued a statement: "Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers of 'The View,' consider Elisabeth to be vital to the program." Walters did not appear on the show Thursday, but that didn't mean that Palin and the election didn't come up in conversation. Whoopi Goldberg opened the show by asking her co-hosts what they would ask Palin and Sen. Joe Biden during tonight's debate. Later, co-host Joy Behar brought up Palin's sometimes halting answers to questions by CBS News anchor Katie Couric in recent interviews, including an exchange in which Couric asked Palin to name the newspapers and magazines that help to shape her world view and Palin replied: "All of them. Any of them that have been in front of me over all these years."

On Thursday, Behar quipped: "Come on, you can't even come up with the Moose News?" Co-host Sherri  Shepherd gave Palin the benefit of the doubt, arguing that the governor has been cramming too much information in her head since Sen. John McCain picked her as his running mate.

Hasselbeck offered another explanation: "That was about someone from the media asking her to give an endorsement from magazines and newspapers and she decided neither to endorse certain publications nor to put some down. I think that was a wise move on her part. What was she supposed to say? 'I read the New York Times, which slams me every single day'?"

A few minutes of loud back and forth followed, with Hasselbeck admonishing her colleagues for focusing too much on Palin, and Goldberg ended the discussion by reminding Hasselbeck that the nation has had little time to get to know Palin.

--Maria Elena Fernandez

(Photo courtesy Steve Fenn / ABC)