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Zachary Quinto Has Been Practicing for his Barbara Walters Close Encounter Since Childhood: VIDEO

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Zachary Quinto appeared on The View yesterday and demonstrated that years of practice facing Barbara Walters prepared him to be able to charm the pants off her.

"I used to set up a video camera, and I would put a light on myself, and I would ask myself questions in my head, not out loud, like 'what was your biggest fear getting you to this moment in your life and career?'. But I wouldn't say it out loud. I would only say it to myself and then I would answer it out loud to the video camera, as if you were on the other side of the camera..."

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Barbara Walters: News of Elisabeth Hasselbeck's 'View' Departure Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - VIDEO

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Over the weekend US Weekly reported that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was leaving The View because of viewers unhappy with her right-wing chatter. Not true, says Barbara Walters.

"The truth is we love Elisabeth!"

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Right-Wing Chatter Got Her Canned from 'The View': Report

Like Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is reportedly leaving The View. However, it may not be of her own volition.

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According to the source, the show's resident conservative voice is being ousted after market research revealed that she isn't popular with TV audiences.

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

When reached for comment, a rep for the show told Us in a statement: "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of The View and has a long term contract."

Meanwhile, Brooke Shields is rumored to be joining the table.


Joy Behar Leaving 'The View' After 16 Years

Joy Behar is leaving The View, reports the Hollywood Reporter:

Behar"Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning," read a statement from ABC. "We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season."

...Behar and Walters had seats at The View table with Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos when the show premiered in 1997. Tweaks to the lineup along the way, most notably the firing of Jones and Rosie O'Donnell's controversial two-year stint as moderator, led to a current panel that includes Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg.

Said Behar to Deadline: “It seemed like the right time. You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”


Anderson Cooper Talks Coming Out, Temporary Blindness On 'The View': VIDEO

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Anderson Cooper and the girls from ABC's The View covered a whole host of topics during his brief visit to the morning show today. Among them: temporarily going blind in Portugal, what he tells his mother when he's in dangerous, war-torn lands where they kill people, how he feels now that he's come out and why he's sweating another New Year's Eve extravaganza with perennially controversial countdown host Kathy Griffin.

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Candy Crowley Talks About Fact-Checking Mitt Romney and the Debate on 'The View': VIDEO

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Candy Crowley talks about the moment she fact-checked Mitt Romney on Obama's Libya statement, and the other challenges she faced moderating last night's presidential debate at Hofstra.

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