Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Leaving 'Fox & Friends'
The TV personality steps down from the Fox News morning show, where she's been since leaving the 'The View' in 2013.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is moving on. The TV personality announced Monday that she is stepping down from her co-host position on Fox News' popular morning show Fox & Friends.
"Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things," she said in a statement. "Throughout my 14 years working in television, I have never experienced a more positive and thoughtful atmosphere than Fox News Channel, thanks to the strong leadership of [Fox News Chairman & CEO] Roger Ailes, who has created the best working environment a woman and mother could ask for. His understanding, compassion and kindness was exemplified when I shared with him that I am entering into a season where I want to start my day with my children first, and he offered his blessing to do so. With a heart full of gratitude and the peace that God has given me, I am confident that this personal decision is the right one for our family, and we will be joining all of you watching Fox & Friends each morning as we get ready for school together."
Hasselbeck has been with Fox & Friends since 2013, when she joined the cable news morning flagship after more than a decade at the panel of ABC's The View. In her place, at least for the time being, will be a rotating group of co-hosts until a full-time replacement is named.
This marks at least a temporary end to nearly 15 consecutive years on television for Hasselbeck. She first gained notoriety for competing on the 2001 season of CBS' enduring reality competition Survivor.
"Elisabeth and I discussed this at length over several weeks, and while I would love for her to continue here, I respect her incredibly difficult, yet deeply personal decision," added Ailes. "She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise."