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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.”
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