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Executive Producer Barbara Walters Made the Official Announcement Today, Live, on the Program
Although an internet favorite for the coveted fifth chair on ABC Daytime's Emmy Award-winning news, information and entertainment program, The View, Erin Hershey, formerly Alison of Port Charles, was passed over in favor of Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck, a 26-year-old Providence, Rhode Island native.  Hasselback has been officially named the fifth co-host it was announced today live on the show by creator and executive producer Barbara Walters.

Hasselbeck is best known to audiences as a participant on the wildly popular second edition of the Survivor game show, "Survivor: the Australian Outback." While competing in Australia, Hasselbeck used her competitive personality and survival skills to outwit and outlast her way to the final four. She is a 1999 graduate from Boston College, where her studies centered around her studio art major. Hasselbeck is married to NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

But Hershey's stint was well recieved, as was third hopeful's, Rachel Campos.  Barbara Walters said "all three of our final contestants were very special and talented young women, but Elisabeth seemed just right, and our viewers' emails, telephone calls and letters truly supported our choice."

Walters' announcement ended a three-month search that included tryout sessions for 21 female candidates. Hasselbeck was among the final three contenders when the field was narrowed earlier this month. Former co-host Lisa Ling left the program in December, 2002, and "The View" has since showcased a number of celebrity hosts.

Tuesday, November 25 will mark Hasselbeck's first "official" day as co-host of The View, where she'll join fellow colleagues Barbara Walters, moderator Meredith Vieira, comedian Joy Behar and lawyer and former prosecutor, Star Jones.

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Co-host of the ABC Television Network's "The View"
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, formerly Elisabeth Filarski, is best known to audiences as a participant on the wildly popular second edition of the "Survivor" game show, "Survivor: the Australian Outback". While competing in Australia, Ms. Hasselbeck used her competitive personality and survival skills to outwit and outlast her way to the final four.

A 1999 graduate from Boston College, Hasselbeck is married to NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. While at Boston College, she captained her championship D-1 softball team, as her studies centered on her studio art major.

Hasselbeck has recently been putting her flair for fashion to good use as a host of the Style Channel's "The Look for Less," which helps viewers find designer looks at bargain prices. She has also hosted programs on MTV, and done commercial work for companies including Reebok, Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble.

Prior to her work on television, Ms. Hasselbeck designed shoes for PUMA, working on their street lifestyle design, while living in Boston. She does not stray far from the world of industrial design and fills her time painting, designing note cards and personalized planners, running, as well as relaxing with her husband, family and friends.

Hasselbeck grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She dedicated the winter of 1997 in Belize to teaching children in the rain-forest, and spent three weeks in Italy in 2000 developing her designs to completion.

She describes herself as intuitive, mildly impulsive, faithful and devoted. Ms. Hasselbeck enjoys the game of football (particularly when her husband is on the field), partaking in outdoor sports and listening to her brother Ken's music.
The View features a dynamic team of women who share their daily, no-holds-barred opinions and colorful conversations. Since its launch, "The View" has received 16 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show. The show has received numerous nominations, including six consecutive nominations for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host. Now in its seventh season, it's seen live MONDAY-FRIDAY (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET; CLOSED-CAPTIONED; in stereo, TV-14) on ABC.

The View is produced by ABC Daytime and Ms. Walters' Barwall Productions, with Ms. Walters serving as executive producer along with Bill Geddie.

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