Barbara Walters Says "The View" Is Not Dumping Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Over the weekend, "Us" magazine said ELISABETH HASSELBECK was being PUSHED OUT of "The View" . . . because viewers found her "too extreme and right-wing."
--Well, BARBARA WALTERS DENIED the rumor on the show yesterday.
--Barbara called it a "particularly false story," and said, quote, "The truth is, we love Elisabeth . . . beyond that, we value and appreciate her point of view. It's important to us because Elisabeth helps give this show perspective and balance . . .
--"We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show."
--Elisabeth didn't comment . . . and multiple sites online report that she's STILL not expected to return next season. And Barbara did seem to hint at that possibility.
--She added, quote, "Having said that to all of you, [producer] BILL [GEDDIE] and I have always said that when one of you makes the choice to leave, that is your choice, and we will support your decision."
--For what it's worth, "Us" magazine is sticking with their story. They quote some "insider" saying that the denial is part of a strategy to "save face" for both Elisabeth and the show.
Several Celebrities . . . Including Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Vice President Joe Biden . . . Were Hacked and Had Sensitive Information Posted Online
Several celebrities and political figures were hacked, and sensitive financial information about them was posted online.
--The victims included Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Paris Hilton, Ashton Kutcher and Mel Gibson . . .
--Plus LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, FBI director Robert Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and even Vice President Joe Biden.
--Information posted included credit reports, Social Security numbers and bank account information. Although sources say the info on Biden and Hillary wasn't as sensitive as it was for others.
--It's not clear if the website is still online. No one in the media would publish the address, and we couldn't find it as of last night. There's no word who's responsible.
--The LAPD and the FBI are both looking into this.
Justin Bieber Went to Amsterdam This Weekend . . . Did He Get High?
After a pretty rough week in London, JUSTIN BIEBER spent some time in Amsterdam over the weekend. And I know the question that immediately came to your mind was, "Did he smoke any weed?"
--Well, one gossip website claims he went to a coffee shop called Easy Time, where he did indeed smoke a joint and eat some "space cake" . . . which is a pot-laced snack. He also went to a souvenir shop and bought himself a JOINT HOLDER.
The Notorious B.I.G.'s Kids Will Star in a Bizarre New Show Where Biggie's Ghost Helps Them Save His Recording Studio
THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. may be dead . . . but his spirit lives on.
--And in a new animated TV show, his spirit will also help his children save his recording studio from an EVIL CORPORATE TAKEOVER. Seriously.
--The show is called "House of Wallace". Biggie's real life kids . . . 19-year-old Tyanna and 16-year-old C.J. . . . will voice characters based on themselves.
--It's unclear who's voicing Biggie's ghost . . . who will appear "in spirit" to, quote, "guide them through the adversities they face when trying to keep his Brooklyn studio open and out of a larger company's hand."
--No network is attached to this insanity yet . . . but the producers say they've had some "serious" bites on it.
--Biggie's son C.J. has already done some acting by the way. He played a younger version of Biggie in the movie "Notorious". And you might remember him as the boy who befriends WILL FERRELL in the divorce drama "Everything Must Go".
Does Carrie Underwood Ask Her Crew to Call Her "Princess Carrie" On Her Birthday?
CARRIE UNDERWOOD turned 30 on Sunday . . . but she's celebrating the occasion all week. She does it every year.
--She also makes her crew address her like royalty during the week of her birthday.
--Carrie says, quote, "When we are working, like on the road, everyone calls me Princess Carrie. They're like 'Yeah, yeah, Carrie.' And I'm like 'Yeah, what?' And they're like 'Princess Carrie.'"