TMZ has learned that legendary singer Barry Manilow has pulled out of his scheduled appearance on “The View” tomorrow — because he strongly disagrees with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s conservative view! Paging Rosie O’Donnell!
In an exclusive statement to TMZ, Barry says, “I strongly disagree with her views. I think she’s dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her.” Barry, taking a stand!
Here’s a list of his political donations this year from Open Secrets. Note the last entry. Someone really needs to ask Barry his theory of 9/11 post haste.
So many exit questions to choose from. Will Elisabeth say something tomorrow? Will Rosie, er, weigh in? And is listening to Barry Manilow really “horrible punishment”?
Actually, we can answer that last one now.
Update: They’ve had enough turnover in the past six months. No sense losing Elisabeth, too.
A source tells TMZ that it’s not Barry who’s writing this song — in fact, “View” producers pulled the plug on Manilow’s performance when his people demanded that he appear on the show without Elisabeth. Manilow has in fact performed on the show twice before — both last year — when Hasselbeck’s been co-hosting.