Is "The View" Pushing Elisabeth Hasselbeck Out . . . Because She's "Too Extreme and Right-Wing"?
Last week, JOY BEHAR announced she was leaving "The View", and now "Us" magazine reports that ELISABETH HASSELBECK won't be back either.
--But it doesn't sound like she had much of a choice.
--Supposedly, Elisabeth is being PUSHED OUT, because she isn't popular with the audience. A so-called "source" says, quote, "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."
--There's been no direct response from ABC or Elisabeth.
--Elisabeth's contract situation is a little unclear. A show rep says she has a long-term contract, but other sources say her deal is up after this season. Regardless, the show could probably dump her even if she's under contract.
--By the way, "Star" magazine says Elisabeth is being let go because they want to bring in some fresh voices. They say it's a, quote, "desperate attempt to renew interest in the show."
--Meanwhile, Showbiz411.com has the line on a potential replacement: BROOKE SHIELDS. The site says BARBARA WALTERS "really wants her," and adds, quote, "the deal isn't done yet . . . but it's THIS CLOSE."
--Brooke has appeared on "The View" a half-dozen times, and has co-hosted in the past.
--Finally, there's speculation that Barbara is also planning to leave the show . . . but if it's going to continue with at least two new co-hosts, you'd think that she'd want to stick around to help with the transition.
Justin Timberlake Took a Little Shot at Kanye West During His "SNL" Performance
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE seemed to respond to KANYE WEST'S criticism while performing "Suit & Tie" with JAY-Z on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.
--A few weeks ago, Kanye dissed "Suit & Tie" during a long rant at a concert . . . saying, quote, "I got love for Hov, but I ain't [effin] with that 'Suit & Tie'."
--On "SNL", Justin changed the lyrics from, quote, "Aww, [S-word] so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit" . . . to, quote, "My hit's so sick, got rappers acting dramatic."
--Justin also attracted a big audience. The show had its best ratings in over a year, since January 7th of 2012. That episode was hosted by CHARLES BARKLEY . . . and directly followed an NFL playoff game that went long.
Rihanna Canceled a Show Because She Has Laryngitis
RIHANNA says she's suffering from LARYNGITIS . . . and because of that, she was forced to cancel her show in Boston last night. The show will be rescheduled.
--Rihanna Tweeted, quote, "Boston: This is the hardest thing for me to deal with! I feel like we've been waiting on this day forever, and I'm hurt that I let you down.
--"I hate disappointing people that never ever let me down!! I'm so embarrassed about this! Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!"
--For now, she's still scheduled to perform in Baltimore tomorrow night.
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Is Having a Daughter . . . And She Craves Pop Tarts and Naps
HILLARY SCOTT has confirmed that she's expecting a baby girl . . . and that her only two cravings are sugary treats and shut-eye.
--She told EOnline, quote, "There was one night where I looked at my husband and I'm like, 'We really have to go to the grocery store because I need a Pop-Tart right now.' That's really one of the only cravings I've had.
--"That and sleeping. That's been my biggest craving for sure . . . naps!"
"Oz the Great and Powerful" Had the Best Opening of 2013 . . . and the Third-Best March Debut Ever
"Oz the Great and Powerful" had a great weekend at the box office. The movie easily had the biggest debut of the year, making $80.3 million in its first three days of release.
--It's also the third-biggest March debut ever, behind "The Hunger Games", which opened with $152.5 million last year, and "Alice in Wonderland", which debuted to $116.1 million in 2010.
--The only other big release this weekend, COLIN FARRELL's romantic thriller "Dead Man Down", fell flat making just $5.4 million in 4th place. Here are this week's Top 5 movies:
1.) (NEW) "Oz The Great and Powerful", $80.3 million.
2.) "Jack the Giant Slayer", $10 million. Up to $43.8 million in its 2nd week.
3.) "Identity Thief", $6.3 million. Up to $117 million in its 5th week.
4.) (NEW) "Dead Man Down", $5.4 million.
5.) "Snitch", $5.1 million. Up to $31.9 million in its 3rd week.