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'The View:' What say you, Barbara?

Barbara Walters presents an award at the 39th

Barbara Walters presents an award at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (June 23, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Expect intriguing developments on 'The View' Monday morning, or at least a broader discussion of the fates some key cast members, including, most importantly, Barbara Walters.

Joy Behar is, of course, expected to address her departure; Babs may or may not confirm what every blog seems to have decided -- that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is out too by season's end, which, if so, will make the show look pretty foolish after denying this Friday. [Barbara just said it's all bull -- Hasselbeck is staying.]

The most interesting question here is, what about Barbara? Will she  step back, do more, or split altogether? She looked fine last week, but it's now clear that the month-plus hiatus gave her time to think and make decisions, notably about the fate of other cast members, maybe even herself. And while you may assume Barbara is a nice, gentle soul, you assume wrong -- she's tough and hard as a brick of forged iron, and  whether the "View" staff lives in fear of her, they should. (She and Meredith Vieira, per industry gossip, never got along well, despite on-screen appearances to the contrary.)

And naturally, there's the flip side: Barbara announces everyone stays except Joy and that otherwise, except no changes at all. Steady as she goes!

In fact, that's exactly what just happened.

Tags: barbara walters , whoopi goldberg , sherri shepherd , the view , elsabeth hasselbeck

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