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Would losing Elisabeth Hasselbeck be Emmy winning for 'The View'?

October 7, 2008 | 10:43 am

Though the producers of "The View" deny the latest rumor that conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving the daytime talkfest, would it help the show's chances with the daytime Emmy Awards if she did depart?

While the revolving cast has been nominated as outstanding talk show hosts in each of the first 11 seasons, they have never won the award. Hasselbeck has been part of this losing team effort since 2005. The ladies of "The View" have sometimes blamed this losing streak on the possibility that Emmy voters have found at least one of them to dislike at various time. Could Hasselbeck be the problem most recently? The constant friction evident between her and her co-hosts makes for great TV viewing, but is it possible that TV academy members are taking the side of the majority, thus hurting the whole team's Emmy chances? It may seem unfair to gang up on poor Hasselbeck about this too — she really does get enough grief — but I do wonder about this sometimes.


Personally, I believe the real reason "The View" co-hosts haven't won the Emmy is because voters prefer solo hosts. Over more than 30 years of the category's existence, multiple-host nominees have never won. The voting pattern is clear. Heck, the only time Regis Philbin ever claimed this contest was in 2001 when he was temporarily in between co-hosts of "Live" and got nominated alone.

But if the other theory is true and "The View" losses can be blamed on the presence of one troublesome co-host amongst the batch, it's not to hard to identify who that might have been over time.

For the first nine years, that may well have been Star Jones, whose popularity plunged in direct relation to her ever-shrinking waistline.

Once Jones was jettisoned in 2006, hopes were high that new moderator Rosie O'Donnell's love affair with the daytime Emmy Awards would continue. After all, for hosting her own talkfest, she had won six consecutive Emmys against, among others, "The View" panel. Alas, while her run-ins with Hasselbeck made for gripping TV, they did not sit well with Emmy voters, who preferred the softer edges of Ellen DeGeneres. With O'Donnell's departure last year after only one season, Whoopi Goldberg came on board to steer the conversation. Yet even the presence of Goldberg — one of only 10 people to win the grand slam of Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy awards — could not win over Emmy voters last spring.

Perhaps creator and occasional co-host Barbara Walters would do well to reconsider her commitment to having the conservative voice of Hasselbeck heard at the table . . . and by Emmy voters.