No need to say goodbye to Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She’s staying put as a cohost of ‘‘The View’’ despite reports insisting otherwise. Series co-creator Barbara Walters called that story ‘‘particularly false’’ on Monday’s edition of the ABC daytime talk show, saying ‘‘we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave.’’ Walters also confirmed that Joy Behar will exit in August.
Baldwin tax agreement
Actor Stephen Baldwin will avoid jail and will have up to five years to pay $350,000 in back taxes and penalties, his lawyer Russell Yankwitt said Monday. He and prosecutors tentatively agreed that Baldwin, 46, will admit in court that he repeatedly failed to file his New York state income tax returns. Baldwin is accused of skipping his 2008, 2009, and 2010 returns.
Lauer faced the music
A report says Matt Lauer was ready to take the fall last year for troubles on NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show. The Daily Beast reported Monday that Lauer told Steve Burke, the chief executive of NBC Universal, that he would leave if Burke thought the show was better off without him. Burke dismissed the idea. The account was confirmed by show spokeswoman Megan Kopf on Monday. ‘‘Today’’ has slipped behind ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America’’ in the ratings, and the slide was more pronounced after Ann Curry’s messy departure as cohost last summer.
Rapper’s kids get TV show
The children of late rapper Notorious B.I.G. will star in an animated series about maintaining the hip-hop legend’s New York City recording studio. Ossian Media announced Monday that ‘‘House of Wallace’’ will feature C.J. Wallace, 16, and T’yanna Wallace, 19. The Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, was shot to death in 1997. The show has yet to sign with a network.
“There’s nothing wrong with him. He’s in a great place.” — Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s manager, to E! News, on Bieber, whose recent behavior — including a canceled concert in Portugal — is raising eyebrows.