There is an old saying that goes, “Bird’s of a feather flock together.” A very apt saying in the case of Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s leaving ABC’s The View to join her buddy Sarah Palin on the Fox network show Fox & Friends.
The announcement comes as no surprise if you look at the “backstory” of the two shows.
On May 13, 2013 Barbara Walters announced that she was retiring for good. Walters is, one of two executive producers for the ABC show The View. She was also one of several co-hosts of the program – in actuality the show was her’s and Bill Geddie’s brainchild. Elisabeth Hasselbeck joined the show as a co-host in 2004.
Now that Walters is leaving, it is apparent that Hasselbeck doesn’t feel the need to stick around. Arguably, she is not the most popular of hosts on the show as her rather “extremist” personal views on abortion and the lack of “women’s rights” to choose are practically Draconian as well as her other “hawkish” and conservative views.
On June 13, 2013 it was announced that political running mate and outspoken ex-governor of Alaska Sarah Palin was going to re-join the Fox network show, Fox & Friends. Palin left the program earlier with an explanation that, “she wanted to do other things,” and is now back on board as a contributor.
Added into the above backstories is the information that on October 26, 2008, Hasselbeck appeared at Republican rallies in Florida, to introduce the, then, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The fact that Hasselbeck represents the “republican conservative” stance on The View makes it a sensible move for her to join a network that reciprocates her personal agenda.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck got her start in the “public eye” after being a finalist on the Australian reality TV show, Survivor: The Australian Outback. Since then she has been an ABC alumni who worked as a contributor to the ABC show Good Morning America as well on The View for the same network.
But jokes and “hard feelings” aside, it is a shame to see that neither co-host Whoopi Goldberg nor the short term co-host, and very “angry,” Rosie O’Donnell have not jumped onto their Twitter accounts to let the world know what they think of Hasselbeck’s departure.
The move in itself, apart from the “buddy factor,” is mystifying. Fox already has Bill O’Riley. Why on earth do they need another conservatively anal and self-righteous bully on their team?
The only thing that makes sense is that the network decided that now Sarah Palin was back on board, that she would need a gal pal.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving The View to be with her buddy Sarah Palin, will be a bonus to Fox. But on the other side of the conservative “extreme” coin, The View will no doubt be heaving a sigh of relief and making a promise to never hire a reality TV finalist for the job of co-host again.
By Michael Smith