Elisabeth Hasselbeck got candid about getting fired from The View in her brand new tell all titled Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom. Here’s what she had to say!
In the book, the TV personality admitted that she felt betrayed and shocked when she was asked to exit the show in 2013 after almost a decade of working there.
Hasselbeck had her suspicions, but it sounds like the bad news still came as a huge shock!
‘By March 2013, 10 years after I first got the job, things had begun to feel unusual. There was a lot of guest hosting going on. I remember Brooke Shields coming in with a team of assistants studying the topics really hard in the makeup chair, going over notes with an effort that seemed, well, familiar. And it dawned on me: Brooke was not just guest hosting; she was applying for a job,’ she recalls.
She had a feeling, and soon enough, it was proven right when there was a knock at her door one day.
The View producer, as well as an ABC executive, were standing there.
One of them told her they had something to talk to her about and so, ‘Without emotion, without wasting a minute, they told me they were not renewing my contract. I could not breathe. Gasping, I asked permission to get my inhaler and, after fumbling around the mess of my office, took a puff, then another. I was bent over – shock, asthma, and betrayal all stealing my wind.’
Hasselbeck wrote that at that time, she felt like she would have done anything to avoid losing her job.
But while she did not get to keep the gig then, she claimed that she was offered an opportunity to come back to the ABC series not too long ago.