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Sole Survivor

''Survivor'' alum Elisabeth becomes ''View'' cohost. The Style Channel personality wins the coveted twentysomething chair vacated by Lisa Ling

'VIEW' MISTRESS Barbara and the gals chose Hasselbeck (shown at the May 2002 finale of ''Survivor: Marquesas'')
Image credit: Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Adam Nemser-PHOTOlink/NewsCom
'VIEW' MISTRESS Barbara and the gals chose Hasselbeck (shown at the May 2002 finale of ''Survivor: Marquesas'')

This time, Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck was voted into the tribe, not out. The ''Survivor: The Outback'' contestant outplayed and outlasted her rivals to win the coveted twentysomething seat on ''The View,'' vacated last winter by Lisa Ling. The 26-year-old former shoe designer's victory was announced on Monday's broadcast of the ABC chatfest, with Barbara Walters and the other panelists revealing the name ''Elisabeth'' on their paper ballots, ''Survivor''-style.

''They say that life is full of choices, but boy, we had such a rough time with this one,'' Walters said on Monday's show. Hasselbeck was the last of three finalists to enjoy a weeklong trial run, following Rachel Campos (of ''The Real World: San Francisco'' fame) and Erin Hershey Presley, of the canceled ABC soap ''Port Charles.''

''I feel good sitting here,'' said Hasselbeck, who's served as host of the Style Channel's ''The Look for Less.'' ''I have to say, after last week, I was so sad to leave.''

Apparently, Hasselbeck was the last to learn of her hiring; even her husband, Washington Redskins quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, knew in advance and taped a message of congratulations that aired on Monday's ''View.''

Originally posted Nov 24, 2003