Barbara Walters on Monday rejected claims that she would be leaving ABC's 'The View' and that co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck was fired from the show for being 'too conservative.'
'Right now the only person who cannot leave this show is me,' Walters said, following a story that appeared in the New York Daily News claiming that she might step down from her role as executive producer and co-host.
Walters added that rumors of Hasselbeck getting fired are 'false.'
'We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show,' she said. 'The truth is we love Elisabeth. I like her personally and she's just a wonderful person.'
She added: 'But beyond that, we value her point of view.'
Walters made the remarks after one of the show's longtime co-hosts, Joy Behar, announced that she would be leaving, ignited a flurry of reports about the future of 'The View.'
'When you announced this last week,' Walters said to Behar on Monday, 'It was very bittersweet.'
'You have your reasons for wanting to go and I'm happy when you're happy,' she said, adding that she had 'discovered' Behar.
Woo a little jab ;) You go Babs