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Elisabeth Hasselbeck ousted from 'The View' after nine years

By Danielle Fredette,

After appearing on the talk show The View for nine years, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is being asked to leave due to her unpopularity with viewers.

A source tells Us Weekly, "The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing. People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed."

The 35-year old joined the show in 2003, often arguing with her co-hosts over sensitive subjects.

A rep for the network commented on the report saying, "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of The View and has a long term contract."

One of the more controversial arguments happened between Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters in September of 2012, Hasselbeck defending a comment made by Mitt Romney. She argued, "There's a general feeling that, with more and more people becoming dependent on the government, that by next July we could perhaps be celebrating Dependence Day, not Independence Day," much to Walters' dismay, The Huffington Post reported.

Joy Behar also announced earlier in the week that she is leaving the show after sixteen years, stating on Good Morning America, "You can't stay forever on a show. I am graciously exiting stage left. I've put in 16 1/2 years and felt the time was right. I want to explore other opportunities."

The source told US Weekly, "Joy says it just felt ... tired and like work. She was over it."

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