Barbara Walters refuted reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving "The View."
Early on during Monday's episode of the talk show, Walters discussed rumors that Hasselbeck was leaving "The View" because of the conservative opinions she often voices.
"There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth's departure," Walters said. "We value her and appreciate point of view... She helps keep the show balanced... We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show."
US Weekly was the first to report the longtime co-host would not be returning for the 17th season of the daytime chat show.
They quoted a show insider who said she was being dropped because she was too politically conservative for viewers.
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