Since news broke that Joy Behar would be leaving popular daytime talk show, The View, after 16 years, the excitement about who would be chosen to replace the feisty funny lady has been the talk of the town. Following the shocking news, rumors began to swirl that Elisabeth Hassleback was in danger of being kicked off of the show by producers due to her conservative views. Barbara Walters squashed those rumors during an airing of the show, expressing that she and her co-hosts value Hassleback’s views.
“There’s a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s alleged departure saying we don’t approve of her conservative views. The truth is… we value and appreciate her point of view, it’s important to us, because it helps give the show perspective and balance. We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show. Having said that to all of you, Bill [Geddie] and I have always said that when one of you make the choice to leave, that’s your choice, and we will support your decision”
This of course only morphed rumors of Hassleback’s termination into rumors of Hassleback’s voluntary departure from the show, which brings me to Whoopi. Us Weekly recently caught up with the outspoken actress-turned-television personality as she mixed and mingled at the Vanity Fair party for the Tribeca Film Festival. When asked about the show’s casting controversy, Whoopi responded:
“Let me tell you this about The View: I take a paycheck every other week. That’s all I do. I could give a sh-t what comes. I do my job — I have a contract. That’s where I stand. I don’t give a f-ck. Whatever y’all want. Just make sure my check doesn’t bounce!”
“My job is to show up and be cute by 11 o’clock and get the f-ck off that show by 12. And that’s what I try to do.”
This is probably one of the most real statements we’ve heard come out of a celeb’s mouth all week!
What do you think of Whoopi’s raw and uncut response?