4:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaves 'The View' for Fox News Channel
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is heading to Fox News Channel. Network executive vp programming Bill Shine announced Tuesday that The View panelist will depart her ABC series and make the move to cable this fall as a part of Fox & Friends.
As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, Hasselbeck's departure from The View was expected as part of a revamping that will also involve the exit of Joy Behar and the upcoming retirement of Barbara Walters. An ABC spokesperson confirmed that Hasselbeck's last day with The View will be Wednesday, July 10.
Walters chimed in on Hasselbeck's departure in the announcement. "We have had 10 wonderful years with Elisabeth, and she will now be swimming in new waters," said the TV news veteran. "We will miss her and wish her everything good."
Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes also weighed in. "Elisabeth's warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View," said Ailes. "She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist, and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise."
Hasselbeck's move to Fox & Friends has her joining current co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade come September. Current co-host Gretchen Carlson has received her own one-hour signature daytime series in the shake-up. That will also begin in early fall.
“I am excited to further advance my career and am thrilled to have the opportunity to host my own show in daytime and look forward to showcasing my skills as an interviewer and journalist in a more in-depth manner," added Carlson, who's been with Fox & Friends since 2006.
News of Hasselbeck's new job comes on the heels of Jenny McCarthy starting talks to replace Behar on The View. The loss of three panelists within the year means that the veteran daytime talker will be undergoing a substantial on-camera facelift -- something that might help curb its ratings decline.
Walters had previously denied reports of Hasselbeck's exit, particularly one story that claimed polled viewers found her "too extreme and right-wing."
And Hasselbeck is not the only View alum to get a new job on Tuesday. Hours before word of her move broke, NBCUniversal made official its plans to have founding View panelist Meredith Vieira helm her own syndicated talk show.
"I have been a longtime fan of Fox & Friends and am excited to be joining their team in September," saidHasselbeck. "It is an honor to call the Fox News Channel my new television home."